The steps to start homeschooling in Maine are the following:
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According to Maine Statute M.R.S. §5001-A, school attendance is required as follows: “Persons 6 years of age or older and under 17 years of age shall attend a public day school during the time it is in regular session. […] A person 5 years of age or older and under 6 years of age who is enrolled in and who has not withdrawn from a public day school is required to attend that school during the time it is in session. A home instruction program is considered an “equivalent instruction alternative” per M.R.S. 20-A §5001-A(3)(A).
In Maine, according to the Maine Department of Education, “parents take full responsibility for the child while providing home instruction—they legally direct the child’s education by choosing the curriculum, facilitating the process and determining academic needs. Home instruction is funded exclusively by the parent.” The parent must complete the requirements of M.R.S. 20-A §5001-A(3)(A)(4).
Even though Maine does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Maine homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
Homeschoolers in Maine aren’t necessarily required to keep records of their child’s work unless they plan on using those to show their student’s progress when submitting year end assessments. Families can show academic progress in one of the following ways:
Many families in Maine do go this route. If you plan to submit year-end assessments by having your child’s work reviewed, you should include evidence of the following in your homeschool portfolio:
When it comes to high school graduation, Maine homeschool laws don’t have any specific requirements. Parents are responsible for creating a course of study and also issuing a high school diploma. It is advisable that families check with potential colleges and universities for admission requirements, and also keep a high school transcript detailing their student’s work.
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