Home Schooling

In Ohio, parents interested in educating his or her child at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendent and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school.  If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law.

Parents or guardians who decide to home school their daughter or son are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their child. We ask that you follow the Ohio’s academic content standards as a guide (listed below). There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions.

For a child who is not a student in a public school of the school district, the district superintendent determines the appropriate grade level for a child. 

Requirements to Home School

Registering for home schooling is completed through your resident local school district superintendent’s office.

You and the superintendent must agree on the curriculum you chose.

  1. Provide 900 hours of instruction per year
  2. Register with superintendent every year
  3. Provide an assessment of the students work, this link will provide the different options.

Many parents think that on-line schools fall into the category of home schooling, this is NOT true.  Most on-line schools are considered Community/Chartered schools, they are considered public schools.

College Credit Plus

Great news for homeschool students! Ohio’s new College Credit Plus program gives students in grades 7-12 the chance to earn high school and college credit simultaneously by taking courses at a participating Ohio college or university. Tuition is free if your homeschool student takes classes at a public college. There may be modest fees for private college credit. The deadline is April 1 for homeschool students to let the Ohio Department of Education know they want to participate in College Credit Plus next school year. Here is more information.

Sports and Other Activities 

Recent legislation allows home-school students the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities in public schools.  An “extracurricular activity” is a pupil activity program that is run by a school or school district and is not included in a graded course of study. Activities include any offered at the school that the student would attend if enrolled in the public school district the family resides. If the school district does not offer a particular activity, then the student may request to participate in another district’s program. The superintendent of the other school district may choose to allow the student to participate as an out-of-district student.

Home-educated students must meet the same nonacademic and financial requirements as any other student participating in the activity. Fees and ability in sports, where there are cuts, apply.

EdChoice Scholarships 

An EdChoice Scholarship allows students who are eligible to obtain a scholarship to attend a nonpublic school participating in the EdChoice program.  Eligibility is based upon the performance of the public school building to which the student would be assigned or low income.  EdChoice Scholarships are available to eligible home-schooled students who wish to enroll in a participating nonpublic school.  More information here.

Ohio High School Diploma

Home-schooled students do not receive an Ohio high school diploma recognized by the State Board of Education. When pursuing employment or advanced education, home-schooled students may need to complete the GED to show equivalence to a state recognized high school diploma.



Information about Ohio’s opportunity for home school students to earn college credits.


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Last Modified: 6/3/2015 3:15:30 PM