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California Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of California’s homeschool law.

California Immunization Laws, Record Keeping, and Reporting Requirements

In 2016, Senate Bill 277 changed California laws and regulations dealing with immunizations. This is a summary of the current immunization laws that impact the record keeping and reporting requirements for home-based private schools.

A Look back at the Great California Homeschool Case of 2008

Professor Bartholet seems to feel that our effective advocacy has been underhanded in some way, referring to the "notorious Jonathan L. case in California." What exactly happened during that fateful case in 2008?

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in California

Here’s what you should know about California’s child labor laws and work permit requirements.

California: An Update on A.B. 2756 and 2926

HSLDA President Mike Smith is discusses the legislative situation in California, including A.B. 2756 and A.B. 2926.

California: A.B. 2756 and 2926

How could pending legislation in California affect the homeschool community? Join HSLDA President Mike Smith as he talks about these two bills with Nathan Pierce, Legislative Liaison for Family Protection Ministries.

Special Education Provisions for California

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in California.

Jury Duty Laws in California

Here’s what California law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.

Compulsory School Age in California

Here’s when you need to start following California’s compulsory school law for each of your children.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in California

Here’s what California law says about homeschool students’ access to public school classes or services.

How to Comply with California’s Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in California—step-by-step.

California Withdrawal Forms

If you'd like to withdraw your child to homeschool, either under the private school or private tutor options, you can use the respective form below.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in California

Here’s some records you should always keep for your homeschool.

California Homeschool Laws

Questions about how to homeschool in California? Start here for a quick overview: homeschooling laws & requirements, compulsory attendance ages, withdrawal, access to sports & special ed. services, recordkeeping, work permits, jury duty . . .

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in California

How to withdraw your child from their current school and start homeschooling them.

Teen Organizes Backyard Science Symposium

Ethan Cartagena’s love of science made him want to share what he had learned. So he invited teens and professionals to give presentations at his California home.

Escape Charter School Bottleneck—Homeschooling Has No Waiting List!

Thanks to a limited state budget, California families hoping to enroll in at-home charter school programs are now on waiting lists. Many are turning to HSLDA for help transitioning to homeschooling.

COVID-19: Fake News Prompts Parents to Fear Their Kids Will Be Taken

Inaccurate documents being shared online claim that officials in Oregon and California plan to take custody of children if their parents get COVID-19. This information is wrong.

CPS Pays $700,000 to Homeschool Mom

Vanessa and her children had been homeschooling for seven years, when a CPS investigator took her children. HSLDA got them reunited—then we filed a lawsuit.

Misinformation Run Amok In San Diego

These misrepresentations are happening because many families are transferring their children from public school to homeschooling.
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