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Massachusetts Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Massachusetts’ homeschool law.

Massachusetts Sample Progress Report

This is a SAMPLE progress report intended to provide HSLDA members an example of what a progress report in Massachusetts could look like.

Special Education Provisions for Massachusetts

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Notice of Intent Forms

To homeschool in Massachusetts you must submit a notice of intent to begin your homeschool, and a notice of intent to continue homeschooling each year after. Use these forms as instructed.

Massachusetts Sample Education Plan

Homeschool families in Massachusetts must submit an education plan along with their notice of intent each year. HSLDA members can customize this editable sample education plan to ensure they include all necessary information.

Massachusetts Withdrawal Form

You can use this form to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Massachusetts school your child is currently attending.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Massachusetts

Here are the records you need to keep for your homeschool in Massachusetts.

Compulsory School Age in Massachusetts

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

Jury Duty Laws in Massachusetts

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

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Massachusetts

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

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Massachusetts

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

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Massachusetts

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

How to Comply with Massachusetts' 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 Massachusetts—step-by-step.

Massachusetts Homeschool Laws

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

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Case Dismissed: Charges Against New Homeschoolers Dropped

HSLDA sees this quite a bit: a family decides to homeschool to meet the needs of their children, and school districts who don’t understand the law try to take legal action. In fact, this happened to several families recently.

Handcuffed in her kitchen—Josilyn’s story: Worcester, MA

Although Josilyn had been legally homeschooling her son since January—and she had submitted all the right paperwork—the school district marked him as truant and turned Josilyn over to DCF. HSLDA has filed a lawsuit on her behalf. Watch her story.

Harvard Summit to Discuss Regulating Homeschooling

HSLDA is on the agenda, but we’re not invited. One of the organizers, Professor Elizabeth Bartholet, recently recommended “a presumptive ban on homeschooling.”

Suddenly truant: the problem in Worcester, MA

When this school district changed its homeschooling requirements without telling anyone, CPS started showing up at homeschooling families’ doors. Here’s how it has affected the local homeschool community. Watch their story.

What happened to Julie: Worcester, MA

Julie has been homeschooling for seven years, but the Worcester school district made this the most stressful year yet.
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