Idaho Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Idaho

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Homeschooling in Idaho is simple: Decide who will be teaching your child, and choose the ideal curriculum for your family. 

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Homeschool Laws

According to Idaho Statute § 33-202, “The parent or guardian of any child resident in this state who has attained the age of seven (7) years at the time of the commencement of school in his district, but not the age of sixteen (16) years, shall cause the child to be instructed in subjects commonly and usually taught in the public schools of the state of Idaho. To accomplish this, a parent or guardian shall either cause the child to be privately instructed by, or at the direction of, his parent or guardian; or enrolled in a public school or public charter school, including an on-line or virtual charter school or private or parochial school during a period in each year equal to that in which the public schools are in session; there to conform to the attendance policies and regulations established by the board of trustees, or other governing body, operating the school attended.”

The Idaho Department of Education describes homeschooling as “education directed by the parent/guardian” and emphasizes that “Idaho does not regulate or monitor home school education.” As such, the parent/guardian selects the curriculum and incurs all costs. Parents are urged “to make an informed decision and determine if they have the capacity to provide the instruction and oversight necessary for home schooling. Access to high quality curriculum; ability to accurately track or assess learning, and time to provide the instruction and oversee the work are just a few of the items to consider when looking at home schooling.”

Homeschool Requirements

Idaho does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Idaho homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:

  1. Begin homeschooling by age 7.
  2. Set hours and days of instruction. Although there is no required instructional schedule, the Idaho Department of Education shares the following guidelines:
    - Kindergarten, four hundred fifty (450) hours per year.
    - Grades one through three (1-3), eight hundred ten (810) hours per year.
    - Grades four through eight (4-8), nine hundred (900) hours per year.
    - Grades nine through twelve (9-12), nine hundred ninety (990) hours per year.
    - Grades nine through twelve (9-12), sixty (60) hours of total instruction per credit.

    Be sure to stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.

Record Keeping

Idaho homeschooling laws don’t require parents to keep records, doing so proves to be highly beneficial in the future. Especially for those interested in pursuing college, technical or trade schools among other situations. Below is a list of records you should include in your homeschool portfolio:

  1. Homeschool transcripts
  2. Extracurricular activities
  3. Samples of their work (including quizzes and tests)
  4. Writing samples
  5. List of books, documentaries or other supplements

Modify™ offers a easy and reliable place to track the necessary things and keep records for your students. 

Graduation requirements

Under Idaho’s homeschooling laws, parents are responsible for their child’s curriculum and can issue both transcripts and a high school diploma. Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to graduate from a homeschool program.

Idaho diploma requirements when homeschooling:
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.

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

Idaho 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.

Idaho 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:

  1. You do not have to be a resident of Idaho.
  2. You cannot be enrolled in an accredited high school or be a high school graduate.
  3. You must be 18 years of age.
  4. You are not required to prepare for the GED test in an adult education classroom

Modify™ helps homeschoolers to keep all necessary records and transcripts. 


Idaho Statute § 33-202

Note: All information on this site is provided with no guarantee of accuracy. Modify™ is not responsible for any errors, omissions, or outdated information, or for the results yielded through use of this information

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