When your child has reached his or her 7th birthday by the start of the school term, you must begin complying with Missouri’s compulsory attendance law. HSLDA members can receive additional guidance about what “school term” means here.

But here’s a special warning: when you enroll your child in a public school at age 5 or 6, he or she must obey the compulsory attendance law immediately until you formally request in writing that your child be dropped from that school’s attendance rolls.

Once your child reaches his or her 17th birthday, he or she is no longer subject to any of the compulsory attendance laws.

If you determine that your child of any age has earned 16 credits toward high school graduation (with a credit being at least 100 hours of instruction in a subject), he or she is exempt from the compulsory school laws.

Some of the requirements listed in “How to Comply with Missouri’s Homeschool Law” stop when your child turns 16. HSLDA members may download our legal analysis or contact us for more details.

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 Missouri 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. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.