Michigan Homeschool

Homeschooling in Michigan

How do I start homeschooling?

In Michigan, parents have the right to homeschool their children. Here are the basics to get your homeschool started on the right foot:

  1. Decide which option you will homeschool under (home education or non-public school)
  2. Choose the homeschool curricula and materials you want to use

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Homeschool Laws

According to Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 380.1561, “the child’s parent, guardian, or other person in this state having control and charge of the child shall send the child to a public school during the entire school year from the age of 6 to the child’s eighteenth birthday. The child’s attendance shall be continuous and consecutive for the school year fixed by the school district in which the child is enrolled.” One allowable exception is if “the child is being educated at the child’s home by his or her parent or legal guardian in an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar.”

The Michigan Department of Education describes homeschooling as follows: “Home school education is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian. The parent assigns homework, gives tests and grades these tests. The issuance of report cards, transcripts, and diplomas are the responsibility of the homeschool family (based on internal standards). If homeschooling continues through grade 12, the parent issues a high school diploma to the graduate.” There is no public funding available for homeschooling in Michigan.

Homeschool Requirements

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

  • Begin homeschooling by age 6.
  • Notify the school district (in writing, if possible) of your intent to homeschool. This is suggested but not required.
  • Teach “an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar” (MCL 380.1561). To expand, the Michigan Department of Education offers this: “Instruction must include mathematics, reading, English, science, and social studies in all grades; and the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Michigan, and the history and present form of civil government of the United States, the State of Michigan, and the political subdivisions and municipalities of the State of Michigan in grades 10, 11, and 12.”
  • Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.

Record Keeping

Although Michigan does not require home educators to maintain any specific records by law, it is a good idea to create a homeschool portfolio of your child’s progress year to year. That information can be helpful if your homeschooler needs to return to school for any reason and also when creating a high school transcript for future college or career needs. The types of things you might want to keep records of could include:

  • scores on any standardized tests taken
  • report cards or grades by subject
  • samples of subject work at each grade level
  • extracurricular activities and achievements
  • volunteer service

Graduation requirements

Michigan has no laws relating to graduating your homeschooler. Compulsory attendance is required for students until the age of 17. There are no Michigan guidelines on what your high schooler must achieve prior to graduation. 

If you would like to follow guidelines from the state of Michigan you can follow the Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines for graduation. 

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


Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 380.1561
MCL 380.1561
Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines

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