The 5 Ways to Legally Homeschool in California

Following my conversation with Aubrey for the Child of the Redwoods podcast, which you can find here (entitled, aptly, “Wait…Is Homeschooling Even Legal?), several sources of legally inaccurate information have been disseminated by school districts across the state.

While the actual content of the announcements have differed slightly, there has been a coherent & unfounded claim that– (1) homeschooling without a teaching credential; and (2) not using state standard curriculum– is not allowed under California law. This is incorrect.

The right of a parent to homeschool their child outside of the public school system in California is well settled law. See, Jonathan L. v. Superior Court, 165 Cal. App. 4th 1074 (2008).

This post is not intended to and does not constitute legal advice. It is being offered for informational purposes only.

If you have any additional questions, I suggest contacting your local homeschooling organization for additional information. Laws vary by state, if you are outside of California, consult your local homeschool organization’s website for additional information.

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