Are you considering homeschooling your child? Are you unsure of the process and how to get started? A Letter of Intent to homeschool is typically the first step. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the steps involved in submitting a letter of intent to home school. We’ll also provide helpful information about what is included in the letter, as well as tips for making sure it is successful. So let’s get started!

Research Your State Homeschool Laws

It is essential that you research your state homeschool laws to ensure that 1) a letter of intent is required, 2) your letter of intent includes all of the necessary information, and 3) you are in compliance with any other applicable laws. Choose your state to get detailed information on how to withdraw from public school, homeschooling requirements, and filing a letter of intent. Keep records of all interactions with the school as you prepare to submit your Letter of Intent.

Understand the Requirements for a Letter of Intent to Homeschool

Once you understand the homeschool laws for your state, you can begin preparing your letter of intent. This letter should include the full legal name, date of birth and address of the child you are homeschooling. Write a clear and concise letter. Use a professional tone and make sure to include all the required information. Some states or countries may have a specific format or template for the letter, so be sure to check for any specific requirements. You’ll need to sign the form, and potentially include additional information such as the annual tests you plan to use and the type of curriculum or learning materials that will be used, depending on your state requirements.

Submitting a letter of intent to homeschool is a crucial step in starting your homeschool journey, so make sure to research your state’s requirements and follow all directions for submitting this document. At the end of your letter of intent to homeschool, add a section for the receiving person to sign received and request a copy to be mailed back to you. You can make your own letter of intent or use one like the HSLDA provides by becoming a member. Read more about HSLDA here.

Where to Send Letter of Intent to Homeschool

Once you have created the Letter of Intent and included the required information, it is time to submit the Letter of Intent to the proper authority. You should research your state homeschool laws to determine who is responsible for receiving the Letter of Intent. In most cases, it is usually the Superintendent or principal of the school your child would go to. Once you have identified the proper authority, you can submit your Letter of Intent either by mail or email.

I highly recommend submitting the letter through the mail as certified mail with a return receipt requested. Once submitted, make sure to keep records of all interactions with the school district and any other relevant documents in case you need to review them in the future. Check out my other posts!

Are there specific forms or templates that need to be used

There is no set form or template that must be used when writing a letter of intent to homeschool in my state. However, it is important to include certain information in the letter to ensure that it is complete and fully explains your intentions. This information may include:
Your name, address, and contact information
The names, birthdates, and grades of the students who will be homeschooled
The dates that homeschooling will begin and end
The curriculum or educational materials that will be used
The name of the person who will be providing instruction
The assessment methods that will be used to evaluate student progress
Make sure to research the specific laws and regulations regarding homeschooling in your state or country, as requirements may vary state to state! HSLDA is a great resource.

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