New York Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in New York

How do I start homeschooling?

Once you’ve made your decision to homeschool in NY, these are the four steps you should follow:

File your notice of intention to homeschool with your local school district within 14 days of pulling your child from their current school (or anytime, if your child isn’t currently enrolled in a school.)

Once you’ve received your confirmation and Individualized Home Instruction Plan form, you have four weeks to complete and submit your information.

Choose your homeschool method/ curriculum. 

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Homeschool Laws

Parents’ legal right to provide home instruction to their children is captured in New York Education Law section 3212 (2).  Specifically, legal requirements for homeschooling in New York are found within the Part 100 Commissioner’s Regulations, Section 10

Homeschool Requirements

What are the requirements for homeschooling in New York?  When compared with other states, New York has a significant number of requirements.  For example, New York specifies that students be homeschooled for a minimum of 180 days (5 hours a day, for a total of 900 hours for grades 1-6 and 990 hours for grades 7-12) within a school year spanning from July 1 to June 30. 

According to New York’s homeschool law (CR 100.10), homeschoolers also have to follow specific requirements for curriculum (with 1 unit equal to 108 hours):

  • Elementary School (grades 1-6): “arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, the English language, geography, United States history, science, health education, music, visual arts, physical education, bilingual education and/or English as a second language where the need is indicated.”
  • Middle School (grades 7-8): “English (two units); history and geography (two units); science (two units); mathematics (two units); physical education (on a regular basis); health education (on a regular basis); art (one-half unit); music (one-half unit); practical arts (on a regular basis); and library skills (on a regular basis). The units required herein are cumulative requirements for both grades seven and eight.”
  • High School (grades 9-12): “English (four units); social studies (four units), which includes one unit of American history, one-half unit in participation in government, and one- half unit of economics; mathematics (two units); science (two units); art and/or music (one unit); health education (one-half unit); physical education (two units); and three units of electives. The units required herein are cumulative requirements for grades 9 through 12.”

In addition, United States history, New York history, and the Constitutions of the United States and New York State must be taught at least once during the first eight grades, and the following subjects must be covered during grades K-12: patriotism and citizenship; health education regarding alcohol, drug, and tobacco misuse; highway safety and traffic regulations, including bike safety; and fire and arson prevention and safety.

To provide evidence of compliance with New York State homeschool regulations, paperwork must be filed throughout the school year according to dates specified on the IHIP:

  • Quarterly Reports: Each quarter, parents must submit a report showing attendance and academic progress by subject area. Reports must include the number of instructional hours for that quarter, a description of material covered per subject, a grade or narrative of progress per subject, and an explanation in the event less than 80% of planned material was covered in any subject.
  • Annual Assessment: By submission of the third quarterly report, parents must determine the annual assessment that will be administered.  Results of the annual assessment are then submitted with the fourth quarterly report.  In addition to statewide tests, New York State has determined a list of approved annual assessments for homeschooled students.  Alternate evaluation methods are also available for students in grades 1-3 and every other year for students in grades 4-8. 

If a homeschooled student’s progress is deemed inadequate by the school district, the homeschool program will be placed on probation. 

Record Keeping

Within 10 business days of receiving your letter of intent, your superintendent’s office should respond with a copy of the Commissioner’s Regulations and a form for the Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP). This form is completed by the parent and returned within four weeks of receipt (or by August 15 of subsequent homeschool years.) The IHIP that you submit will include your syllabus of textbooks or materials you will use or a plan of instruction, a list of dates when you agree to send the quarterly informational reports required by your local school district, and the name(s) of anyone who will be providing instruction to your student(s). 

Although New York does not make keeping a portfolio one of the requirements for homeschooling, you may discover that you appreciate having a physical example of your child’s homeschool progress. 

Once per quarter, parents will also submit to their superintendent a report that includes:

  • total hours of instruction provided during the quarter being referenced
  • a description of material covered in each subject area
  • a grade or written evaluation in each subject area

Examples of New York IHIP submissions and quarterly reports can be found in various places online. You may want to preview some of these before creating your own.

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

Graduation requirements

New York is one of only a few states that require homeschool graduates to provide proof that they have completed their high school education. While most colleges in the U.S. will accept a diploma provided by a homeschool, New York colleges and universities will not. The most popular ways that homeschool students wishing to enter a state college show their eligibility are:

Request a letter from the local district superintendent stating they have received the substantial equivalent of a high school education.  (called a “Letter of Substantial Equivalency”)

Obtain a high school equivalency diploma  known as the “TASC”™

Take a specific sequence of 24 credit classes at a community college

New York homeschool law also requires that all homeschooling high school students take specific courses to complete their education. These courses include:

4 units of high school English instruction

4 units of high school social studies instruction, including 1 unit of American history, ½ unit of government and ½ unit of economics

2 units of high school science instruction

1 unit of art and/or music instruction

½ unit of health education instruction

2 units of physical education instruction

3 units of high school electives

Keeping accurate records of all coursework taken throughout the high school career is important when generating your student's transcript. Transcripts are auto generated into an official PDF using the Modify™ app. 

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


Part 100 Commissioner’s Regulations, Section 10

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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