Louisiana Homeschooling

More and more families in the United States are choosing homeschooling as a positive choice for their child's education. Louisiana is an example of this trend, with the number of homeschooled children growing every year. Navigate the wealth of information on homeschooling in Louisiana as you explore our website. We've made it easy for you to find all the tips, ideas, and information you need to successfully homeschool your children.

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Home Educators Association (HEA) of West St. Tammany
This is a Christian home education support group affiiated with the statewide Christian Home Educators Fellowship of Louisiana. They serve the Covington/Mandeville area just north of New Orleans. They offer organized field trips, encouraging parent meetings, a newsletter, band program, drama productions, graduation, award nights, science fair, spelling bee, a lending library, curriculum fairs, and more.
RS 17:221 School attendance; compulsory ages; duty of parents; consent to withdraw.
A.(1) Every parent, tutor, or other person residing within the state of Louisiana, having control or charge of any child from that child's seventh birthday until his eighteenth birthday, shall send such child to a public or private day school, unless the child graduates from high school prior to his eighteenth birthday. Any child below the age of seven who legally enrolls in school shall also be subject to the provisions of this Subpart. Every parent, tutor, or other person responsible for se...
Sample Letter to the State Superintendent of School
CHEF of Louisiana provides these guidelines for writing your letter of intent to home educate in the state of Louisiana under the private school law.
History of Louisiana Home Study Law
A brief history of the development of the laws regulating home education in the state of Louisiana. This is the text of a speech given by Rep. "Woody" Jenkinsat the annual CHEF of Louisiana Leadership Seminar on November 3, 1990.
Northshore Home Educators
Northshore Home Educators is an inclusive and non-directed support group open to all homeschool families on the Northshore in St. Tammany Parish regardless of differences in beliefs, cultures, religion, backgrounds, and methods of homeschooling. Most of their activities take place in surrounding areas of Slidell, Louisiana, Mississippi, and New Orleans.
Licensing & State Laws in Louisiana
Louisiana’s multi-stage licensing process allow teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations, easing them into driving over an extended period of time. The learner’s permit and intermediate stages are key steps.
Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education - Approved Home Study Program (pdf)
Louisiana Department of Education form. This form is in pdf format.
Texas Unschooling
Texas Unschooling is the source for information on all things unschooling in Texas. At Texas Unschoolers, their mission is to educate and support those families who are exploring an alternative approach to life and learning. Many kids do very well outside the traditional public school model when they are allowed the time and resources to discover where their passions lie.
SBESE-Approved Home Study Information Packet
The information packet contains general information and instructions regarding the Home Study Program; guidelines for compliance; guidelines for transferring students into public school systems (e.g., participation in the LEAP 21); order form for LA Content Standards and Assessment Guides; a list of district test coordinators; legislation related to the Tuition Opportunity Program for Students (TOPS), and a Home Study Program application.
Westbank Homeschool Organization (WHO)
WHO is a support group based in the New Orleans area. They offer information, support, and the opportunity to network with other homeschooling families in the area.
BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo
Over 1,800 animals await you in the beautifully landscaped BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo. You'll enjoy The Otter Pond and L'aquarium de Louisiane, the featuring the fish, reptiles and amphibians of Louisiana. Visit Parrot Paradise, the KidsZoo, and the Cypress Bayou Railroad. Plus, don't miss a live animal show featuring the Zoo's Asian elephants.
Louisiana Home School Laws from HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Louisiana. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Louisiana.
Overview of the Nonpublic Annual School Report System
If you are operating an educational program or school but do not wish to seek state approval as either an SBESE-Approved Home Study or Approved Nonpublic School, please click the link to find out how to register your nonpublic (private) school in accordance with R.S. 17:232 (C) and (D). This information is provided by the Louisiana Department of Education.
Louisiana State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education - Approved Home Study Program (html)
Louisiana Department of Education form. This form is in html format.
RS 17:11 Approval of private schools by board.
A. The board shall adopt standards and guidelines which shall be applied in determining whether a private or proprietary school applying for approval meets the requirements of a sustained curriculum or specialized course of study of quality at least equal to that prescribed for similar public schools. The board shall appoint an advisory committee of private and proprietary school representatives, who shall advise and counsel with the board relative to standards and guidelines affecting these s...
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