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Homeschooling in Michigan? Learn the legal requirements and other key information to help you have a great year!
So you and your family live in Michigan and you have decided to begin a homeschool journey for the next school year? That’s wonderful! Michigan is a great state to homeschool in and makes it pretty easy for Michigan parents who have decided to provide their children’s education at home.
Michigan Homeschool Law
While this does not constitute as legal advice, I want to give a brief overview of the homeschool requirements in Michigan. You can find further information through the Michigan Department of Education website, or the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
Michigan families have the right to homeschool their children, but there are two different educational options that you can choose from. One requires a yearly notification to local school officials, and the other does not. You can read more about both below:
Home Education Program
Your first option for homeschooling in Michigan is as a home educational program. For this option, you are not required to report to any type of education official your intention to homeschool, and you can begin homeschooling at any time that you like.
Your homeschool curriculum must include instruction in reading, science, spelling, mathematics, literature, history, civics, and English grammar.
The nonpublic school homeschooling option in Michigan comes with some specific requirements that homeschool families must follow. The curriculum must be comparable to that of your local public school district for age and grade level, classes must be taught by a certified teacher (or someone who holds a Bachelor’s degree) and provide a yearly notification to the local public school superintendent.
Required classes for this option include math, reading English, science, social studies, physical education, and health. During the high school grades, additional classes include the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of Michigan, and the history and present form of civil government in the United States and Michigan, as well as Michigan’s political subdivisions and municipalities.
Attendance and Record Keeping
Michigan does not require you to keep any specific student records for your homeschooled students, however, it is always a good idea to keep track of things like attendance records, test scores from any standardized testing you may use, and samples of your student’s grade level subject work.
Note that there is no required standardized testing in Michigan. State testing is optional, but also not required, and can be done through the local school district if desired. Again, keeping these records is not required but it is a good way to cover all of your bases just in case you run into a problem down the road or decide to enroll your student in public or private school later down the road.
Michigan does not have a specified number of days or hours of instructional time that you are required to meet each year for homeschooling.
Support Groups & Co-Ops
Homeschooling can be challenging sometimes so it can be helpful to find some other homeschool parents to ask for advice or bounce ideas off from time to time. A homeschool co-op can also be a way for you to find other homeschool students that your kids can grow and learn with.
If you are looking for a homeschool community in Michigan, social media can be a great place to start. You can find many Michigan homeschool groups on Facebook, such as the Michigan Homeschool Support group, the Homeschooling in Michigan group, and Michigan Homeschoolers. These groups are a great starting point to find local support, activities, field trips, and co-ops in your area.
You may also find the “find a group near me” on the Michigan Christian Homeschool Network website helpful to connect with local homeschoolers.
Michigan does not have any specific graduation requirements for homeschoolers. However, it is a good idea to see what the local district requires for graduation, and then set up something similar for transcripts if your student will be applying to college. It may not be necessary, but it could make college acceptance smoother, as it shows that they have completed studies in a variety of different subjects.
It is the responsibility of the parent to issue any report cards, transcripts, or a high school diploma.
Enjoy Homeschooling in Michigan!
As you can probably see, homeschooling requirements in Michigan are easy to comply with. You as the parent are free to choose your curriculum, schedule, and more. If you run into any issues, or simply want to meet some other homeschooling families, the resources above can be quite helpful.
Are you homeschooling in Michigan? Leave a comment below and share your favorite resources and advice for new homeschool parents!
And if you’d love to have a printable resource to use to keep track of state homeschool requirements, key organizations, activities and field trip plans, and curriculum notes, grab a copy of my Curriculum & Activity Planner below (it’s free!):
Interested in learning about homeschooling in another state? Check out the Homeschooling in 50 States Series.
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