New Jersey Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in New Jersey

How do I start homeschooling?

According to New Jersey education law, parents can homeschool their child as long as the instruction is academically “equivalent” to what they would receive at school.

The steps to homeschooling in New Jersey are simple:

Formally withdraw your student from his/her current school (if enrolled)

Notify your local school superintendent of your intention to homeschool (not required, but may alleviate truancy issues)

Choose the programs and materials that best fit your student’s learning needs.

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Homeschool Laws

According to New Jersey Statute 18A:38-52, ““every parent, guardian or other person having custody and control of a child between six and 16 to ensure that such child regularly attends the public schools of the district or a day school in which there is given instruction equivalent to that provided in the public schools for children of similar grades and attainments or to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school.” The latter part of this statute allows a parent/guardian to educate a child at home.

Per the New Jersey Department of Education, “Homeschooling is the provision of an educational program to a school-aged child, typically in the student’s home.  Students that are homeschooled have either never been enrolled in a public or private school setting or have been de-enrolled by the parent/guardian to provide the educational program somewhere elsewhere than at school.

If the local board of education determines that there is credible evidence that the parent/guardian or other person(s) having custody and control of a school-age child is not causing the child either to attend school (public or nonpublic) or to receive equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school, the board may request documentation, such as a letter of intent from the parent/guardian confirming that the child is either attending a nonpublic school or receiving equivalent instruction elsewhere than at school.”

Note that “the law does not require or authorize the local board of education to review and approve the curriculum or program of a child educated elsewhere than at school. When parent/guardian[s] educate a child elsewhere than at school, they are responsible for the educational outcomes of the child. The local board of education is not required or authorized to monitor the outcomes of the child” (New Jersey Department of Education).

Homeschool Requirements

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

  • Begin homeschooling by age 6.
  • Notify your local school board of education of your intent to homeschool (suggested) and/or file the required transfer form if you are removing an enrolled high school student from public education to homeschool.
  • Provide instruction that is “academically equivalent to that provided in the local public school” (State v. Massa 95 N.J. Super 382 (1967)). Note, “Parents may seek information about the school curriculum from the local board of education. If the parent/guardian requests such information, the board must provide it since a district’s curriculum is a matter of public record. The parent/guardian may be charged for the cost of copying documents in accordance with the rates established by law” (New Jersey Department of Education).
  • Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.

Record Keeping

Although New Jersey does not legally require parents to keep or submit specific records regarding their homeschool, it’s a good idea to keep an up-to-date homeschool portfolio of your child’s accomplishments.

For high school homeschoolers, a detailed transcript

The Modify™ app makes record keeping simple and keeps all your records organized. 

Graduation requirements

New Jersey has no laws relating to graduating your homeschooler. Compulsory attendance is required for students through the age of 16, but there are no New Jersey guidelines on what your high schooler must achieve prior to graduation. Instead, homeschool parents determine their own criteria for when their homeschooled high schooler is prepared to receive a diploma.

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


New Jersey Statute 18A:38-52
State v. Massa 95 N.J. Super 382 (1967)


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