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Compulsory attendance: 6-16 (Compulsory for all children who have turned 6 before December 31)
Legal status of homeschooling: Home education is legal but not widely known in Italy. The Italian Constitution states in Articles 30 and 33 that parents have the duty and right to support, instruct, and educate their children. The Legislative Decree of 16 Apr 1994 regarding public education (DL 16/4/94 no. 297), Articles 111, 147, and 148, as well as the updated Legislative Decree of 19 Feb 2004 on primary education (DL 19/2/04 no. 59), recognize instruction in the home by families.
Article 111, paragraphs 1 and 2, of the 1994 Act state that home education is subject to the following constraints:
Parents must annually notify the appropriate school authorities of their intent to homeschool. In addition, parents or guardians must demonstrate that they have the “technical” or “economic” capacity to teach their children at home. “Technical capacity” means that the parent must have completed two full academic years of schooling beyond the level of the children he is currently teaching. “Economic capacity” simply refers to financial means. Most homeschool families self-substantiate that they meet these criteria. Though it is possible that education officials could inquire about this, few if any families have had to produce proof of technical or economic capacity.
Last Updated: March 28, 2012