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New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition - Homeschool Laws
The following information is provided as a courtesy to homeschooling families in New Hampshire and is not intended as legal advice. The New Hampshire Homeschooling Coalition strongly urges all parents or legal guardians to read and thoroughly understand the text of the home education law (RSA 193-A) and administrative rules (Ed 315) before initiating contact with their participating agency.
New Hampshire Dept. of Education - Home Education
Home Education is an alternative to attendance at a public or private school and is an individualized form of instruction in accordance with Chapter 279:2, laws of 1990.
A parent is eligible under the Administrative Rules, Ed 315 to establish a home education program for a child between 6 and 18 years of age including an "educationally disabled child" as defined under RSA 186-C:2, I, provided that the definition of "educationally disabled child" as defined under RSA 186-C:2, I, for the purposes of Ed 315, shall be applicable only to children between 6 and 18 years of age.
193:1 Duty of Parent; Compulsory Attendance by Pupil.
I. A parent of any child at least 6 years of age and under 18 years of age shall cause such child to attend the public school to which the child is assigned in the child's resident district. Such child shall attend full time when such school is in session.
193:1-c Access to Public School Programs by Nonpublic or Home Educated Pupils.
I. Nonpublic or home educated pupils shall have access to curricular courses and cocurricular programs offered by the school district in which the pupil resides. The local school board may adopt a policy regulating participation in curricular courses and cocurricular programs, provided that such policy shall not be more restrictive for non-public or home educated pupils than the policy governing the school district's resident pupils. In this section, "cocurricular'' shall include those activities which are designed to supplement and enrich regular academic programs of study, provide opportunities for social development, and encourage participation in clubs, athletics, performing groups, and service to school and community. For purposes of allowing access as described in this section, a "home educated pupil'' shall not include any pupil who has graduated from a high school level program of home education, or its equivalent, or has attained the age of 21.
193:4-a Tuition Liability; Dual Enrollment.
Any district shall be liable for the tuition of any child who as a resident of the district has been assigned to attend public school in another district in accordance with an approved dual enrollment plan; such payment shall be made as provided in RSA 193:4.
193-A: HOME EDUCATION
Link to list of home education statutes.
In this chapter:
I. "Child'' means a child or children at least 6 years of age and under 18 years of age who is a resident of New Hampshire.
II. "Nonpublic school'' means a nonpublic school approved pursuant to rules adopted by the state board of education and administered by the department of education and which has agreed to administer the relevant provisions of this chapter.
III. "Parent'' means a parent, guardian, or person having legal custody of a child.
IV. "Resident district'' means the school district in which the child resides.
193-A:10 Home Education Advisory Council.
I. There is established the home education advisory council which shall consist of the following members:
(a) Two members of the house of representatives from the house education committee, appointed by the speaker of the house of representatives, who shall be nonvoting members.
(b) One member of the senate from the senate education committee, appointed by the president of the senate, who shall be a nonvoting member.
(c) The following individuals who shall be appointed by the commissioner of the department of education from persons named as follows:
(1) Six members nominated by home educator associations organized within New Hampshire.
(2) Two members nominated by the commissioner of the department of education, or designee.
(3) One member nominated by the New Hampshire School Administrators Association.
(4) One member nominated by the New Hampshire School Boards Association.
193-A:4 Home Education; Defined.
I. Instruction shall be deemed home education if it consists of instruction in science, mathematics, language, government, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, the history of the constitutions of New Hampshire and the United States, and an exposure to and appreciation of art and music. Home education shall be provided by a parent for his own child, unless the provider is as otherwise agreed upon by the appropriate parties named in paragraph II.
II. The department of education, resident district superintendent, or a nonpublic school shall work with parents upon request in meeting the requirements of this section.
193-A:5 Notification and Other Procedural Requirements
A parent may provide home education to a child or children at home, subject to the following requirements:
I. Any parent commencing a home education program for a child, for a child who withdraws from a public school, or for a child who moves into a school district shall notify the commissioner of the department of education, resident district superintendent, or principal of a nonpublic school of such within 5 business days of commencing the program.
II. Notification made by the parent pursuant to paragraph I shall include a list of the names, addresses, and birth dates of all children who are participating in the home education program.
III. Written notice of termination of a home education program shall be filed by the parent with the commissioner of education, and, in addition, the resident district superintendent or nonpublic school principal within 15 days of said termination.
193-A:6 Records; Evaluation.
I. The parent shall maintain a portfolio of records and materials relative to the home education program. The portfolio shall consist of a log which designates by title the reading materials used, and also samples of writings, worksheets, workbooks, or creative materials used or developed by the child. Such portfolio shall be preserved by the parent for 2 years from the date of the ending of the instruction.
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