In Michigan, parents have the right to homeschool their children. Here are the basics to get your homeschool started on the right foot:
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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.
Even though Michigan does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Michigan homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
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:
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.
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Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 380.1561
Michigan Merit Curriculum guidelines
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