Homeschools in North Carolina are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Non Public Education which administers the requirements of the North Carolina General Statutes governing both conventional non-public schools (private schools) and homeschools.
Their website contains valuable information which can be found here: http://www.ncdnpe.org/index.asp
(The following is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice given by NC Homeschool”ology”)
North Carolina law defines a home school as “a non-public school in which the student receives academic instruction from his/her parent, legal guardian, or a member of the household in which the student resides”.
Two household schools are permitted. The home school academic instructional setting must always meet the home school legal definition of G.S. 115C-563(a) and is limited to students from no more than two households.”
The North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is authorized by that section of the state law (G.S. 115C-563a) to receive notices of intent to Homeschool.
1) Parents wishing to educate their children at home, need to inform the DNPE of their intent to home school.
A “Notice of Intent” form must be filed once their children are age 7.
The Preferred method is online registration and you can click here to go to the DNPE Registration Page
or you can download the form at the DNPE site or here:
Parents need to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent in order to homeschool.
3) Every year the students must have a nationally standardized achievement test administered and the testing records kept ready for inspection, or those items may be provided voluntarily to the DNPE through the “Inspection by Mail Program”.
Homeschool Administrators simply need to keep records of the student’s attendance and the results of an annual Nationally Standardized Achievement Test ready for inspection by the representatives of the DNPE on the premises of the Homeschool.
Representatives of the DNPE are not authorized to inspect the premises themselves, but only the required records.
You can view and download the Attendance Forms here:
3) The annual test must be Nationally standardized and cover the subject areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics. Records of the test results must be retained at the school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested.
Recommendations (distinguished from legal requirementsabove) for the daily operation of your Homeschool and for Nationally Standardized tests are available at their website: http://www.ncdnpe.org/hhh103.asp
A very valuable printable Homeschool Handbook is available from the NCDNPE as well: Homeschool Guidebook
North Carolina companies who are test providers and fellow home educators:
PES Direct/ Greg Munger (owner) http://www.pesdirect.com/
Brewer Testing/ Pat Brewer (owner) http://www.brewertesting.com/
Bayside School Services/ Donny & Sandy Ball (owners) http://www.baysideschoolservices.com/
For information on what the public schools in NC are teaching in each grade, you can review the NC Standard Course of Study for the grade your child is in:
While you are here, you can check out the links in the sidebar for information on Homeschool Support Groups and Co-ops in your area, search by your county in the search bar to see what activities are posted and check out the field trip suggestions too.
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