Alabama State Law on Home School:
There are now 3 ways to legally homeschool in Alabama. Each one is different & has different rules & fees. You are free to choose the method that is right for your family and your situation. If you do Virtual Schooling through the public school system these laws do not pertain to you as you are considered a member of the public school system. You are still welcome to join our cover but understand that you do not legally HAVE to. This way you can join us for all the fun stuff.
1) Hire a teacher or private tutor who reports to the school board.
2) Declare yourself a private school. You will be responsible for completing and turning the proper forms to the school board. You still need to keep track of attendance in the event you are asked to provide this information by a DHR or truancy officer.
3) Join a cover school such as Northside Academy that will take care of any paperwork, keep track of attendance and grades, as well as providing additional services and support.
NOTE: You will see Facebook groups and others stating that you do not have to turn in anything to the state or the school board and you do not have to keep track of attendance. Although many claim to have a document from the AL Board of Education, please know that this information is obsolete and was an incorrect summary of the law when it was originally posted. Many of us cover school admins and other leadership in the statewide homeschool community have made an extreme effort to determine what the actual law says with the help of HSLDA. If you have any questions or know anyone with questions please point them in my direction and I will be happy to clarify any confusion.
Basic Information for Northside
Homeschool is school and should not to be taken lightly. It takes commitment on all parties involved. It can and will be gratifying if done with the right attitude and diligence and with Gods Blessing. Please remember to breathe and have fun!
- Parents agree to provide at least some instruction from all of, but not limited to, the following subjects:
- Physical Education
- Parents agree to select and purchase all curriculum and organize a course of study for each child.
- Parents agree to provide instruction for a minimum of 145 days per year.
- Parents agree to submit a copy of attendance records at the end of the year. Grades for high school students requiring a transcript.
- Parents agree to submit the annual enrollment fee and paperwork by our meeting in August.
- If the submission items above are not received by the end of August of the renewal year, Northside Academy may notify your local superintendent that your family is no longer participating in Northside Academy.
- Parents agree to attend the mandatory meeting.