Please note: We homeschooled our children in the state of Idaho from 2011-2019. Laws and requirements may have changed since this page was posted. For more information on homeschooling in Idaho, I recommend you visit the HSLDA website.
Homeschooling in Idaho
Home Schooling is education directed by the parent/guardian. Since Idaho does not regulate or monitor home school education, it is up to the parent/guardian to select the curriculum they wish to use. There is no registration or sign-up procedure required and the state of Idaho does not have a set curriculum to be followed for home school education. All costs associated with home schooling are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
Basic Summary of the Law
Summary of Requirements
Idaho law requires children to attend school from the time they are 7 at the beginning of school in their district until their 16th birthday.
You must teach your children subjects that are usually taught in the public schools of Idaho. This includes language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies.
Idaho Homeschool Laws
Idaho does not require homeschool parents to possess any particular qualifications, obtain school district approval, or test their children. If your public school district asks for information about your homeschool program, you are not legally required to furnish it.
Under Idaho law, you can teach your children yourself. Alternatively, you can have another family member, relative, or unrelated person teach your children.
Idaho Homeschool Standardized Tests
Testing is NOT required in the state of Idaho.
Idaho Homeschool Letter of Intent
Idaho does not require you to notify your school district if you choose to homeschool.
What if my child was previously enrolled in public school?
Parents should contact the school office, in person and/or in writing, to let the school know that the child will be instructed at home and is being withdrawn from public school. The school may have a withdrawal form to be completed by the parent or guardian. If you do not withdraw your child, the child remains on school records and possibly considered truant.