360x240-qatar-flagCompulsory Education Age

Starts at age 6, goes through grades 1–6.

Legal Status

Home schooling falls under the umbrella “parallel” or “alternative” schooling. Another form of parallel schooling includes “evening” schools, primarily for adult learners who did not complete school during their school-age years. In general, parents and caregivers may home school children if one of two conditions in the regulations are met: (1) child has extenuating circumstances such as health or medical reasons (including cognitive disabilities) whose special needs cannot be met in a regular classroom/school setting; and (2) child has reached an age for which compulsory schooling no longer applies (over the age covered by compulsory schooling law).

The SEC regulates home schooling in a number of ways. Home schooling curricula are still expected to follow the SEC curriculum standards, and similar to Independent schools, home schools can choose the resources they wish to use as long as they cover the content in the standards. The SEC expects all parallel schooling (evening schools and home schools) to transition to full implementation of the curriculum standards by 2014-2015. Parents or care givers are expected to register each home schooled child at a designated school, and homeschoolers have access to resources and other supports provided by the Education Institute through those schools. According to the SEC, there are just over 3,000 registered homeschooled children. Homeschooled children may participate in the end of year exams administered at the registered school, typically after normal school hours.