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Compulsory education: Starts at age 6, goes through grades 1–6.

Legal Status: Home schooling falls under the umbrella of “parallel” or “alternative” schooling. Another form of parallel schooling includes “evening” schools, primarily for adult learners who did not complete school during their school-age years. In general, parents and caregivers may homeschool children if one of two conditions in the regulations are met: (1) child has extenuating circumstances such as health or medical reasons (including cognitive disabilities) whose special needs cannot be met in a regular classroom/school setting; or (2) child has reached an age for which compulsory schooling no longer applies (over the age covered by compulsory schooling law).

The Supreme Education Council (SEC) regulates homeschooling in a number of ways. Homeschool curricula are still expected to follow the SEC curriculum standards, and similar to independent schools, homeschools can choose the resources they wish to use as long as they cover the content in the standards. (The SEC implemented their curriculum standards for all parallel schooling—evening schools and homeschools—in the 2014–2015 school year.) Parents or caregivers are expected to register each homeschooled child at a designated school, and homeschoolers have access to resources and other supports provided by the Education Institute through those schools. According to the SEC, there are just over 3,000 registered homeschooled children. Homeschooled children may participate in the end of year exams administered at the registered school, typically after normal school hours.

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**If you have knowledge of homeschooling in Qatar, please contact HSLDA. Thank you!

Last Updated: July 27, 2018