Arkansas Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Arkansas

How do I start homeschooling?

Arkansas is one of the easier states when it comes to homeschool compliance. 

  1. Submitting a notice of intent to homeschool either online, by mail, or in person to the local school superintendent’s office by August 15 of each year or at least 14 days prior to withdrawing the student from school.
  2. Choose what curriculum or learning techniques you will use. 

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Homeschool Laws

According to Arkansas Education Law, every parent or legal guardian of “a child five (5) years of age through seventeen (17) years of age on or before the date established in A.C.A. § 6-18-207 for the minimum age for enrollment in public school shall enroll the child in and ensure the attendance of the child at a public, private, or parochial school or provide a home school for the child” (A.C.A. § 6-18-201). Arkansas considers a “home school” to mean “a school provided by a parent or legal guardian for his or her own child” (A.C.A. § 6-15-501).

Based on A.C.A. § 6-15-503 of the Arkansas Education Law:

“Parents or legal guardians desiring to provide a home school for their children shall give written notice to the superintendent of their local school district of their intent to provide a home school for their children and agree that the parent or legal guardian is responsible for the education of his or her children during the time the parent or legal guardian provides a home school for the children:

  •  at the beginning of each school year but no later than August 15, or
  • five (5) school days before withdrawing the student from the local school district and at the beginning of each school year thereafter, or
  • within thirty (30) calendar days of establishing residency within the school district.”

The notice of intent shall include:

  • “The name, sex, date of birth, grade level, and name and address of the school last attended, if any, of each student involved;
  • The mailing address and telephone number of the home school;
  • The name of the parent or legal guardian providing the home school;
  • A statement of plans to participate during the school year in public school interscholastic activities under A.C.A. § 6-15-509;
  • A statement of plans to seek a high school equivalency diploma during the current school year; and
  • The signature of the parent or legal guardian.”

Under certain conditions (A.C.A. § 6-18-232), a homeschooled child may be allowed to enroll in one or more courses at the public school or public charter school where the child resides. Homeschooled students may also be eligible to participate in distance learning through the Arkansas Distance Learning Development Program (A.C.A. § 6-47-404) or through the public school district or open-enrollment private school (A.C.A. § 6-47-406), and they may be eligible to participate in the Building Better Futures High School Program (A.C.A. § 6-41-803).

Homeschool Requirements

Arkansas is a low-requirement homeschooling state. The requirements however, are dependent on the Superintendent and may change more frequently than the laws themselves. 

Even though Arkansas does not highly regulate homeschooling there are some things we recommend for your homeschooling journey.

  1. record attendance (required by state) 
  2. Keep current immunization records. 
  3. Track text and workbooks used. 
  4. Keep student work samples.
  5. Keep records of correspondence with school officials. 
  6. Keep portfolios and test results.

 Modify™ has made keeping these records convenient and easy. 

Graduation requirements

Arkansas diploma requirements:
Parents determine when their student has fulfilled graduation requirements and can issue their own homeschool diploma; students of private/online schools may receive diplomas from those institutions.

Arkansas high school testing requirements.
Homeschool students are not subject to testing requirements for graduation.

Arkansas high school transcripts.
Homeschool parents may create their own student transcripts, and may include any information they deem pertinent to colleges, military, and/or future workplace organizations. Download the Modify™app to create official transcripts.

Arkansas high school course credits.
Parents determine when their student has fulfilled graduation requirements; for the purpose of creating transcripts, some homeschool parents do assign credits to individual courses.

GED eligibility.
The same requirements for eligibility apply to homeschoolers as to public school students.

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Homeschool laws can change often, so please check for updates at the Arkansas Education law website.

Important Codes:
A.C.A. § 6-18-207 
A.C.A. § 6-18-201
A.C.A. § 6-15-501
A.C.A. § 6-15-503
A.C.A. § 6-15-509
A.C.A. § 6-18-232
A.C.A. § 6-47-404
A.C.A. § 6-47-406
A.C.A. § 6-41-803

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