Homeschooling in Taiwan has been legal since 1999. Taiwan's parliament, Legislative Yuan, passed a law in 2014 to protect the rights of homeschoolers.
In 2020, there were 3,441 students between the ages of 6 and 18 who were homeschooled by their parents. Another 3,200 students did not attend regular schools, but studied at a pod, a co-op, a microschool, or other non-school-based experimental institutions.
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Parents in Taiwan can apply in April or October every year to start homeschooling their children in August or February respectively.
Students can take part in school activities and access the school facilities if such requests are approved as part of their experimental education plan. The Taiwanese government further provides up to $2,400 cash per year to every senior secondary homeschool student.
Homeschoolers who have completed their study will receive a graduation diploma accredited by the government. Homeschoolers also enjoy a special admission process when applying to universities in Taiwan.
The Taiwanese government worked closely with homeschool groups like Taiwan Homeschool Advocates to develop its policy. Two-fifths of the non-school-based experimental education review committee members are homeschool parents, homeschool graduates, or homeschool advocates, which ensures homeschoolers’ opinions are well represented in the committee.
If you would like to learn more about homeschooling in Taiwan, please visit Taiwan Homeschool Advocates or contact its chief organizer, Tim Chen, via Twitter @chen8.