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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Arkansas Homeschoolers

The deadline for submitting your homeschool forms is August 15th for the fall semester and December 15th for spring semester.  To be legal to homeschool in Arkansas you must fill out two forms.  One is a notice of intent to homeschool.  The first page asks for parent/student information and the address of your homeschool.  The second page asks for information about homeschool curriculum, number of days in your school year, and education level of the parent.  The second form is a waiver that says you will not hold the state of Arkansas liable for the education of your children.  If you do not have a copy of the forms you can print them here.  Both forms must be completely filled out and RECEIVED (not postmarked) by your local superintendent by August 15th for fall semester and December 15th for the spring semester.  If it is your first time homeschooling you must turn the forms in to the superintendent's office in person.  You can begin homeschooling at any time during the school year. though restrictions may apply.  Your district may require you wait 14 days from filling out the forms before allowing your child to transfer to a homeschool setting.  If there are any questions I can help you with email me.  You can find more information about homeschooling in Arkansas at www.arkansashomeschool.org.

You may be interested to know that starting next year homeschool students in Arkansas will be able to participate in extra curricular Public School activities if they take one PS class and maintain certain test scores.  I don't know that this would be something my family would take part in, but I do think it is a step in the right direction by giving homeschoolers a choice.  You can watch the news clip here.

Happy Homeschooling!
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