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Getting Started in Homeschooling: Step 2

Once you've set your individual goals for homeschooling, you need to find out your state's laws. Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, but each state has their own laws. An excellent resource is:

to find out your state's legal requirements. In Idaho, where we started homeschooling, there weren't any! In Maine homeschoolers must:

  • File a written notice of intent with the school district and the Maine Department of Education when starting homeschooling, and again at the beginning of each school year.

  • File an assessment at the end of the school year which consists of a portfolio, standardized test scores, or a signed evaluation by a certified teacher.

The letter of intent includes a statement of assurance that instruction will be provided for at least 175 days annually, and cover the subjects of English, math, science, social studies, physical education, health, library skills, fine arts, and at least one year of Maine studies and computers.

Please visit

to get the letter of intent forms:

Fear of not being able to comply with state regulations can prevent many people from I hope this quick summary will put your mind at can do it! Enjoy your freedom to many countries parents are fighting to get these freedoms.

See you tomorrow for a special blog post written by a homeschool student!

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