Homeschooling in New York: Start Here

Welcome to the home page for homeschooling in New York. If you are searching for information about NY homeschools or want to learn how to get started, you are in the right place.

New York has more legal requirements than most states.

New York Homeschool Overview
And Homeschool Requirements in New York

There are an estimated 109,285 home educated students in New York

New York requires homeschooling families to submit annual reports. There are state required subjects. New York policy for homeschool assessment is as follows: Annual assessment or evaluation

Very few states have laws that prevent parents from homeschooling their children. New York does not prohibit parents from homeschooling based on their legal or criminal history. Only two states, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, prohibit some parents based on their criminal history or by someone living in the home.

There is no required level of education for parents in New York to educate their children at home.

New York vaccine information

There are no state mandated vaccination(s).

New York Homeschool Law

New York State Standards and Common Core

The New York State Board of Regents formally adopted the Common Core for New York in January 2011, and has now prescribed some of the most detailed lesson plans of any state.

Common Core Implications

New York requires homeschoolers to give notice to the state department of education of intent to homeschool. The department labels these entries as “Homeschool” in the database.

State Subject Requirements

Grades 1 through 6:

Arithmetic, reading, spelling, writing, the English language, geography, United States history, science, health education, music, visual arts, physical education, bilingual education and/or English as a second language where the need is indicated.

Grades 7 and 8:

English (two units); history and geography (two units); science (two units); mathematics (two units); physical education (on a regular basis); health education (on a regular basis); art (one-half unit); music (one-half unit); practical arts (on a regular basis); and library skills (on a regular basis).

Grades 9 through 12:

English (four units); social studies (four units), which includes one unit of American history, one-half unit in participation in government, and one- half unit of economics; mathematics (two units); science (two units); art and/or music (one unit); health education (one-half unit); physical education (two units); and three units of electives. Miscellaneous: United States history, New York State history, and the Constitutions of the United States and New York State must be taught at least once during grades 1 to 8. Patriotism and citizenship; health education regarding alcohol, drug and tobacco misuse; highway safety and traffic regulations, including bicycle safety; and fire and arson prevention and safety must be covered during grades K to 12. A unit is defined as 108 hours of instruction.

Important NY legal information links

New York Homeschool Key Resources

How to Start Homeschooling in NY

It is not as hard as you might think to start homeschooling in New York! Click here to get started.

Local Homeschool Associations, Organizations, and Groups

Our local organizations/homeschool groups database is under construction.

Local Common Core Action Groups

Find Homeschool Curriculum

We make it incredibly easy to find the right homeschool curriculum for your family. View our list of homeschool curriculum to get started.

New York Homeschool Conventions and Seminars

Help Homeschooling in NY

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Sources: State-by-state education laws, state-by-state education bylaws, Dept. Education, local homeschool groups, and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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