J. Michael Smith, Esq.
Michael P. Farris, Esq.
Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary
Nonpublic school students may request to enroll part-time in public schools. The school board has the authority to accept such students into part-time attendance with restrictions but is not required by law to do so. 105 Illinois Compiled Statutes 5/10-20.24. In practice, public schools rarely let homeschool student play on their teams.
According to the Illinois High School Association, each local school determines whether a home school student enrolled at and attending the public school can participate in the school’s interscholastic and activity teams. Other requirements apply:
Children with disabilities enrolled in nonpublic schools (including homeschools) have a right to enroll part-time in public school. Id. 5/14-6.01.
For more information on public school access, see HSLDA’s Issues Library and HSLDA’s State Laws Concerning Participation of Homeschool Students in Public School Activities.
Updated July 14, 2017