Why is it so important? Good records equip your student with proof of education for continuing their education, entering the military, or passing an employer’s background check. It may also prove valuable if there are ever any questions about your homeschool.

We recommend that you follow Michigan’s homeschooling rules, and especially keep records of pupil enrollment, courses of study, and qualifications of teachers, which the state department of education is authorized to request from parents who are homeschooling as a nonpublic school.

Whether you are homeschooling under Michigan’s Option 1 homeschool statue or Option 2 nonpublic school provision, HSLDA recommends you keep the following important records for your homeschool:

  • Attendance records
  • Information on the textbooks and workbooks your student used
  • Samples of your student’s schoolwork
  • Correspondence with school officials
  • Portfolios and test results
  • Any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law

You should maintain these records for at least two years.

You should also keep your student’s high school records and proof of compliance with the home education laws during the high school years (including any type of home education notice that you file with state or local officials) on file forever.