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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.

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.

California Statement in Lieu—Private School Affidavit Alternative

If filing the California Private School Affidavit online is not an option, you can file a statement in lieu of the affidavit for your homeschool, which may be filed by mail. Read the required information for your statement here.

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.

9th Circuit: Newsom Violates Parents’ Rights

A federal appeals court ruled California’s governor has no right to shut down in-person classes for private schools. This is big news for homeschoolers, too.

A Tale of Two Trends: Online Charter Schools Flounder, Homeschools Flourish

After a scandal involving misuse of funds, the California Legislature introduced a measure to reform online charter schools. Meanwhile, homeschooling in the state hit an all-time high. Are the trends linked?

The Importance of Recordkeeping in California

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

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in California

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

California Private School Affidavit Filing Instructions

For your convenience, HSLDA’s legal team has prepared these instructions to help guide you in filing the affidavit. If you are a member and still have a question after reviewing these instructions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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.

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 . . .

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.
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