Alaska law requires children “between 7 and 16” to attend school or comply with the homeschool law.

An exception to the rule is if a child is 6 years old and is already enrolled in the 1st grade in public school. In that case, the child must continue attending school, unless the parent withdraws the child from public school within 60 days of enrollment.

If the child is withdrawn after 60 days of enrollment, the child is subject to the compulsory attendance requirements and must comply with the homeschool law.

HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under Alaska law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.).

These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver's license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the military, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits.