The steps to homeschooling in Hawaii are the following:
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According to Hawaii Revised Statute §302A-1132, “Unless excluded from school or excepted from attendance, all children who will have arrived at the age of at least five years on or before July 31 of the school year, and who will not have arrived at the age of eighteen years, by January 1 of any school year, shall attend either a public or private school for, and during, the school year, and any parent, guardian, or other person having the responsibility for, or care of, a child whose attendance at school is obligatory shall send the child to either a public or private school.”
The Hawaii Department of Education “recognizes homeschooling as an alternative to compulsory school attendance. Homeschooling is a parent-initiated educational alternative.”
According to the Hawaii Department of Education: “A parent teaching his/her child at home shall be deemed a qualified instructor regardless of educational background or training”
In addition the Department of Education also states, “Exceptions to Compulsory Education (Form 4140) or a letter of intent to homeschool should be sent to the principal of the public school in your neighborhood. A letter of intent, signed by the parent, can be used in place of Form 4140.” The letter of intent must include the name, address, and telephone number of the child; birthdate and grade level of the child; and dated parent signature.
“Parents are not required to officially enroll and un-enroll students in order to homeschool their child; therefore, no birth certificate or proof of residency is required.” A new Form 4140 or a new letter of intent to homeschool only needs to re-submitted “when the child transitions from elementary to intermediate/middle school or intermediate/middle school to high school, or if the child moves to another neighborhood.” Also, parents should “contact the school if they are moving out of state so that their child(ren)’s name(s) can be removed from the state homeschool roster.”
The following requirements are required when homeschooling in Hawaii:
Hawaii homeschool laws do not require parents to submit their curriculum, parents are required to maintain:
Records of the curriculum should include the first and last date of teaching, hours per week, subjects taught, method used to teach and determine mastery, and a list of materials and textbooks used.
Annual progress reports need to be turned in at the end of each school year. These can include scores from a standardized test, written evaluation by a person certified to teach in the state or the parent, or test results from the Statewide Testing Program.
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Hawaii requirements do not mention specific subjects. We recommend parents ask their local schools for suggestions if need be.
Homeschooled students in Hawaii do not receive a high school diploma like public or private school students do. Instead, they can do one of the following:
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