In Kentucky, there is no homeschool statute. Homeschools operate under the private school statute by complying with the following steps.
Homeschooling under the private school statute
1. Notify the board of education.
You must annually send a private school notice of attendance to your local board of education within the first two weeks of the start of the school year. Traditionally, this has been interpreted to be within two weeks from the first day of school in the local school district. Typically the notice should be submitted no later than the second week of August. The notice should list the students in attendance at your school and include their names, ages, and addresses. (A notice of attendance form, which is attached below, is available to HSLDA members.)
2. Keep attendance and scholarship reports.
You must keep attendance reports and scholarship reports (i.e. report cards) in a similar manner as your local public schools do. Generally, this means the reports must be updated every six to nine weeks, depending on the schedule your district has chosen.
3. Teach for the required number of days.
A parent must ensure that at least 1,062 hours of instruction is provided to their child. This has to be done over at least 170 days. (While some parents prefer to keep a daily record of the hours of instruction they provide, if the amount of time you spend is fairly consistent you can continue to primarily count days, as long as the total adds up to 1,062 hours over at least 170 days.)
4. Teach the required subjects in English.
You are required to include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, science, and civics in your homeschool curriculum, and to teach in the English language.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.