An overview of the homeschool laws and regulations of New Hampshire, along with links to legislative source information, additional reference materials and government resources on homeschooling.
New Hampshire Homeschooling Regulations
There have been several changes to the New Hampshire home education law over the last few years. Because it takes the state some time to update the laws on their website, the current law is often not available online. Check the New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition for explanations and updates.
Ed 315 (Department of Education Administrative Rules) the rules are rewritten every time there are changes in the law-they are more than two years behind at present.
RSA 193:1 (Compulsory Attendance Law) Two conflicting laws were passed by the New Hampshire General Court: one raising the age of compulsory attendance to 18 as of July 2009, another law raising it immediately and not exempting homeschoolers. The Commissioner of Education issued a memo that delays the effect of the law on homeschoolers until July 2009.
A Basic Explanation of the New Hampshire Home Education requirements:
Parents of children who will be age 6 by September 30 and are under age 16 must notify the local school district or a private school that accepts homeschool notifications of their intent to homeschool. The letter of notification should be sent before school starts in your district or within 5 days of removing a child from school. The letter must include the name, birth date, and address of the student(s); parent(s)’ names; a phone number where they can be reached during the day; and the date on which the homeschooling program will start.
A portfolio containing samples of the student’s work and a reading list must be kept for three years.
An evaluation of the homeschooling year must be sent to the participating agency (school district or private school) by July 1. This evaluation can be a review of the student’s portfolio by a certified teacher, the results of a nationally recognized achievement test (composite score at or above the 40th percentile), or a method mutually agreed upon between the parent(s) and the participating agency.
You are not required to submit a scope and sequence, assign your child to a grade, or teach for a particular number of days or hours.