In Texas, homeschools are considered private schools. To legally homeschool, you will need to follow these requirements:
1. Teach the required subjects.
The required subjects are:
- Spelling and grammar, and
- A course in good citizenship
Although science and history are not required by state law, any college your student applies to will require them for admittance, so you’ll want to make sure to teach those too.
2. Use a written curriculum.
The private school law as interpreted by the Texas Supreme Court requires that you use some form of written curriculum (online programs meet this requirement) and that you operate your homeschool in a “bona fide” manner.
What to do if you are contacted by the public school about where your child is enrolled:
If you are contacted by the public school wanting to know where your child is enrolled in school, you should send a letter assuring the school that your children are being legally taught at home. (If you are an HSLDA member, use the form letter below.)
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.