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- A study of good citizenship
In addition, the law states that you must pursue that curriculum in a bona fide (not a sham) manner. This curriculum may be obtained from any source and can consist of books, workbooks, other written materials, or materials on an electronic monitor, including computer or video screens, or any combination thereof. See our listing of curriculum and resource providers. There are no other rules for homeschooling in Texas.
- Be polite and friendly. Smile. Stay calm.
- Get his name and business card.
- Ask what prompted his visit or call.
- Tell him, “My children are privately educated at home.”
- Answer other questions with, “I will be glad to cooperate as far as the law requires, but you will need to give me your request in writing.”
- Repeat the above statements as often as necessary. Do not be afraid of silence.
- After he leaves, write down everything that occurred.
- Call THSC Association, (806) 744-4441, as soon as possible to report the contact.
Do not allow him to enter your home or to speak to your children. The only legal ways into your home are with your permission or with a search warrant. If you receive a written request, respond with a letter of assurance. If you do not respond to a written request in a timely manner, the school district can file truancy charges against you for lack of cooperation.
For individuals with special needs, the local school district is required to provide therapies when deemed appropriate through the district ARD (Admission, Review and Dismissal) process. If services are deemed appropriate, then the child is enrolled in the school district as a non-attending student, has an IEP specific to those needs being met by the school district, and participates in ARD meetings conducted annually to review future services. For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read “Obtaining a Driver’s License.”
- Fill out the Verification of Enrollment (VOE) form (acceptable third form of proof of identity)
- Bring a copy of the Letter from DPS confirming the acceptable forms of proof of identity
Read the most current letter from DPS regarding the Verification of Enrollment form for homeschoolers. If the DPS office still will not accept this information, make sure you get the name of the person that you are dealing with and the name of his/her supervisor. Then give us a call at (806) 744-4441.
- THSC members have a transcript template as a member benefit
Transcripts should include the following information:
- student’s name and social security number
- school name
- courses completed
- grading scale used
- grade on each course
- grade point for each semester
- cumulative grade point average (GPA) at the end of each year and at the end of high school
- dates of completion
- scores of any achievement tests (e.g., SAT and/or ACT) with the scores for each section and the cumulative score
- graduation date
- credits earned and weight of each credit (You can assign the number of credits you think is appropriate for each class.)
- volunteer work
- extracurricular activities and awards earned
You should sign your name at the bottom as the administrator of the school and date it. You might even want to get it notarized.
- the student is a full-time student,
- the state in which the homeschool is located recognizes homeschools as an educational institution,
- the homeschool is in compliance with state requirements for homeschools, and
- the student meets all other requirements for benefits.
This policy goes on to say, “The child’s homeschool instructor must submit evidence that state requirements for homeschooling are met. The homeschooling instructor is the certifying school official for FTA purposes on Form SSA-1372, Student’s Statement Regarding School Attendance.” The state of Texas recognizes homeschools as private schools for the purpose of compulsory attendance, and the only requirement for them is to pursue a curriculum that meets the basic educational goals of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship. For Texas students, evidence of complying with state law would simply be a list of the courses being taught. (Click here for a legal opinion by counsel to the SSA concerning Texas State Law Requirements for Homeschooling.) If you have trouble claiming benefits from state or federal agencies because of your homeschool status, you may call the THSC Association at (806) 744-4441.
Still More Questions? Check out our Requirements to Homeschool in Texas FAQ page!