Homeschooling in California

General Information

There are several options for homeschooling in CA. The only requirement for school attendance is that every child between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age (note that Kindergarten is not required in CA!) must be enrolled in and attending a legally established California-based public or private school, unless you are using a full-time credentialed tutor. So first you must choose a school option and have your child legally enrolled in whatever educational program you choose.

Your choice of school will affect many other factors in your homeschool experience, so be sure to learn as much as you can about your options, your legal rights and obligations, available methods and materials, and different approaches. Many families have gone before you in this journey and have lots of experiences to share, some good and some bad. Talk to other families and gather what you can from their lessons.

Be assured that there is no one way, or one best way, to homeschool. You will need to find what works best for your family. Just because one family has a favorite curriculum or a great experience at a particular school does not mean it will work well for you. Also, even though one approach worked well for your first child or in your first few years, you may find that you need to change methods, curriculum, or even schools in the years to come. Do not feel locked in to any particular choice. Remember that the only binding law is that your children continue to be educated in a legal California school. Beyond that you are free to experiment and change schools at any time.