Kentucky Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Kentucky

How do I start homeschooling?

The steps to homeschooling in Kentucky are few and simple. Once you’ve decided homeschooling is right for your family, follow these 2 steps to enroll your child in homeschool:

    1. File a letter of intention to homeschool with your local county superintendent of schools.
    2. Choose our homeschooling method or curriculum. 

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Homeschool Laws

According to Kentucky Statute 159.010, “each parent, guardian, or other person residing in the state and having in custody or charge any child who has entered the primary school program or any child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) shall send the child to a regular public day school for the full term that the public school of the district in which the child resides is in session or to the public school that the board of education of the district makes provision for the child to attend. A child’s age is between six (6) and sixteen (16) when the child has reached his or her sixth birthday and has not passed his or her sixteenth birthday.” Children can begin primary school at age five, but only if their 5th birthday is on or before August 1 of the current school year. A four-year-old who will turn five by August 1 can enroll in primary school.

Homeschooling your child is one option for meeting Kentucky’s compulsory school attendance requirements (KRS 159.030). This option is based on Section 5 of the Kentucky Constitution that grants parents the right to choose the formal education for their child. According to the Kentucky Department of Education, “Over thirty years ago, the Supreme Court of Kentucky determined that the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) may not prescribe standards for homeschooling. Kentucky classifies homeschools as non-public schools; therefore, the laws relating to non-public schools also apply to homeschools. KDE does not accredit or certify homeschools and does not provide any financial assistance.”

Homeschool Requirements

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

  • Begin homeschooling by age 6.
  • File the required Letter of Intent to homeschool each year.
  • Create a school name for your “bonafide school” and use this name for all recordkeeping.
  • Provide instruction for a minimum of 185 days and a minimum of 1062 instructional hours per school year.
  • Teach the required subjects of “reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, science, and civics. It is the parents’ right to offer other subjects, as well” (KRS 158.080KRS 156.160, and KRS. 156.445).
  • Offer all core instruction in the English language.
  • Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.

Record Keeping

Although Kentucky does not require that you submit any of your attendance or student performance records to the state, it does ask that you keep those records on file. Specifically, the records recommended include:

  • Summarized or tabulated records of a student’s scholarship (there is no formal description of what this might entail)
  • Attendance records

While these items are the minimum required of homeschooling families in KY, there are multiple benefits of keeping an organized homeschool portfolio. For instance, if you return to public or private school, having a record of your child’s progress can help administrators place your child into the proper grade level. In addition, if you homeschool during the high school years, all records that you keep will aid you in creating an accurate transcript that can be shared with potential colleges your child may wish to apply with.

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Graduation requirements

Kentucky 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.

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

Kentucky 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.

Kentucky 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:
Students who are at least 18 years old and have not earned a high school diploma from an accredited high school and are not currently enrolled in a public high school (or other students with a waiver from the local school superintendent) are eligible to apply to take the General Education Diploma test.

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


Kentucky Statute 159.010
KRS 159.030
KRS 158.080
KRS 156.160
KRS. 156.445
Kentucky graduation policies

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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