A homeschool letter of intent is a form that is used to alert the local department of education that a child or children will be homeschooled instead of taking more traditional routes of education such as public, private, or boarding school. A letter of intent is fairly simple in terms of its content and formatting.
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A parent and or legal guardian of the child or children normally writes the school letter of intent and provides basic information relating to the child. This information includes the following:
Nonetheless, each state has different guidelines on what should be included in a letter of intent to homeschool. In fact, some state’s departments of education may have their own specific intent to homeschool forms that you are required to use. Additionally, not all states require such a letter, but normally, it is the initial step to homeschool a child.
Homeschooling is a method to provide a child with access to education at a home instead of following the traditional routes of education. Education from home can be provided by parents and or guardians but this is completely state-dependent as some states will require authorized educators.
According to the National Home Education Research Institute, there are around 4-5 million homeschool students in grades K-12 (from kindergarten to 12th grade) in the United States. An abundance of reasons makes people choose to homeschool their children. Some of the most common reasons why a parent and or guardian will choose to homeschool their child is disapproval of their local school’s district, religious or philosophical views, or dissatisfaction with the classic educational methods. It is possible to achieve similar if not better results through homeschooling methods when compared to traditional education.
Most states require a parent or guardian to have an educational degree or certification that qualifies them to be able to teach in their state. These requirements vary vastly from state to state, and there are several categories of states based on the scope of requirements to homeschooling parents:
It is crucial to check with your state’s department of education about these requirements and the process of homeschooling.
Step 1 – Date, superintendent, and school district
The letter should start with the effective date placed in the top left corner. Beneath the date, there should be the name of the top executive (“CEO”) of the school district – superintendent, and the school district number.
Step 2 – Opening
Next, the letter should tell its purpose – to inform the school board that your child/children will be studying at home instead of attending public or private school.
Step 3 – Information about child or children
Further, the letter should tell the name, gender, and date of birth of each of your children who is about to be taught at home school.
Step 4 – Address of child/children
The next step is to mention the address of the child or children that will be taught at home.
Step 5 – Information about the teacher
The letter of intent to homeschool should explicitly tell who will be responsible for teaching your child/children at home. It is also important to outline what subjects the child/children will be taught (they should correspond to the list of your state-required subjects if any).
The letter should also state that to the request of the state department of education, you should provide materials that demonstrate proper educational instruction for your child or children.
Step 6 – Signatures
The letter should end with the teacher’s signature, their print name, and contact information (telephone and email).
Next, the signature and the same information about the parents/guardian should be provided.
Step 7 – Notary acknowledgment
To add legal validity to the document, you might notarize it (here’s a notary form). Check your state requirements to know whether you need or not a notary’s signature on your letter of intent to homeschool.
|State||Is a letter of intent required?||Is there a state-approved form?|
|Arizona||Yes||Affidavit of Intent to Homeschool|
|Connecticut||Yes||Notice of intent|
|Georgia||Yes||Home Study Program Declaration of Intent Form|
|Hawaii||Yes||OCISS Form 4140|
|Maryland||Yes||State Home Notification|
|Mississippi||No||Certificate of Enrollment (provided by attendance officers)|
|Nevada||Yes||Notice of Intent to Homeschool|
|North Dakota||Yes||Statement of Intent Home Education|
|Ohio||Yes||Home Education Notification of Intent|
|Pennsylvania||Yes||Affidavit of the Supervisor of a Home Education Program|
|South Dakota||Yes||Notification for Public School Exemption Certificate SDCL 13-27-3|
|Tennessee||Yes||Notice of Intent to Homeschool|
|Vermont||Yes||Home Study Form A|
|Virginia||Yes||Notice of Intent to Provide Home Instructions|
|Washington||Yes||Declaration of Intent to Provide Home-Based Instruction|
|Wisconsin||Yes||PI-1206 Homeschool Enrollment report|
From: Mr. and Mrs. Stevens
1089 Augusta Park
Granbury, TX 76048
April 4, 2021
Terry Michael Cozy
Principal of Oak Woods School
311 Davis Rd, Granbury, TX 76049
Granbury Independent School District
RE: Notification of Student Withdrawal and Assurance of Home-Schooling
Dear Mr. Cozy,
This letter is created to notify you of the withdrawal of our son, Patrick Mario Stevens, from Oak Woods School and the Granbury Independent School District, effective immediately.
For your records, this is your assurance that Patrick Mario Stevens
is being homeschooled in a bona fide manner using a written curriculum consisting of books, workbooks, other written materials, and other educational tools meant to develop reading, spelling, grammar, math, and other essential skills.
I request that copies of Patrick Mario Steven’s academic, medical, and all other records concerning Patrick in your files be forwarded to me at the above address within seven (7) days of the date of this letter to avoid delays in continuing his education.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Lisa Lime Stevens
Mike Brown Stevens