Ohio State Laws

Homeschooling Laws, Information, and Resources for Ohio

If you’re living in Ohio and are looking into homeschooling, you’re in the right place! This page provides the resources and information you need to determine whether homeschooling in the Buckeye State is right for you.


Summary of Ohio Homeschool Laws

Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Ohio is one key to successful homeschooling. Below is a summary of the homeschool laws in the state of Ohio. You can find additional information on Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) website as well: Ohio HSLDA Reference

Homeschool Options in Ohio
  1. Homeschooling under Ohio’s homeschool statute.
Ohio State Law Homeschool Summary


Homeschooling under Ohio’s homeschool statute. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance in order to be home educated if parents comply with the state’s homeschool regulations.

Parents must provide an annual notification to homeschool to the local superintendent by August 30th or within five calendar days after commencing home education, moving into a new school district, or withdrawing from a public or nonpublic school. You will submit a short Notice of Intent (NOI) and exempt your child from compulsory school attendance. The superintendent is required to acknowledge receipt of the notice of intent within 14 calendar days, as a receipt.

We strongly recommend that parents maintain copies of their notification as well as proof of mailing or proof of delivery and all other correspondence with the school district. Parents must transmit a notice of intent listing (1) the parent’s name and address, (2) the child’s name, and (3) an assurance that the child will receive education in the required subject areas. That is it. No other information is required to exempt your child from compulsory school attendance. A child must receive education in the subject areas of English language arts, mathematics, science, history, government, and social studies. There are no teacher qualifications, number of hours, or assessment requirements.

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Ohio State Education Resources

Here you’ll find websites for any questions you may have about education in the state of Ohio:

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Ohio Homeschooling Support Groups

Whether you already homeschool in Ohio or are looking to do so, these resources are quite useful if you’re searching for support, co-ops, or answers to questions about homeschooling in your state.

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Top Ohio Homeschooling Field Trip Ideas

One of the many benefits of homeschooling is the flexibility to explore! Here are some ideas for amazing–and educational–field trips around the great state of Ohio!

  • A Christmas Story House and Museum: Cleveland, OH
  • African Safari Wildlife Park: Port Clinton, OH
  • AHA! 4 Kids: Lancaster, OH
  • Akron Fossil and Science Center: Copley, OH
  • Akron Zoological Park: Akron, OH
  • The Amazing Garden Plant Exploratorium: Alliance, OH
  • American Classical Music Hall of Fame: Cincinnati, OH
  • American Sign Museum: Cincinnati, OH
  • Back to the Wild: Castalia, OH
  • BalletMet: Columbus, OH
  • Blazing Bucks Deer Farm and Petting Zoo: Negley, OH
  • Blue Rock Station Green Living Center: Philo, OH
  • Boonshoft Museum of Discovery: Dayton, OH
  • Brukner Nature Center: Troy, OH
  • Canton Museum of Art: Canton, OH
  • Children’s Museum of Cleveland: Cleveland, OH
  • Children’s Toy Museum: Carrollton, OH
  • Cincinnati Arts Association: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Ballet: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati History Museum: Cincinnati, OH
  • Duke Energy Children’s Museum: Cincinnati, OH
  • Museum of Natural History & Science: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Nature Center: Milford, OH
  • Cincinnati Observatory Center: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Shakespeare Company: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Young People Theater: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden: Cincinnati, OH
  • Cleveland Metroparks Zoo: Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Art: Cleveland, OH
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History: Cleveland, OH
  • Columbus Association for the Performing Arts: Columbus, OH
  • Columbus Museum of Art: Columbus, OH
  • Columbus Symphony Orchestra: Columbus, OH
  • Columbus Zoo & Aquarium: Columbus, OH
  • COSI Columbus: Columbus, OH
  • COSI Toledo: Toledo, OH
  • Crawford Auto-Aviation Museum: Cleveland, OH
  • Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad: Peninsula, OH
  • Dayton International Peace Museum: Dayton, OH
  • Dayton Visual Arts Center: Dayton, OH
  • Deerassic Park Education Center: Cambridge, OH
  • Drake Planetarium: Norwood, OH
  • Edison Birthplace Museum: Milan, OH
  • EnterTRAINment Junction: West Chester, OH
  • Farmpark: Kirtland, OH
  • Great Lakes Science Center: Cleveland, OH
  • Harding Home and Museum: Marion, OH
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe House: Cincinnati, OH
  • History of Flight Museum: Columbus, OH
  • Imago Earth Center: Cincinnati, OH
  • International Women’s Air & Space Museum: Cleveland, OH
  • James A. Garfield National Historic Site: Mentor, OH
  • Kent Historical Society Museum: Kent, OH
  • Lake Effect Children’s Museum: Rock Creek, OH
  • Learning Tree Farm: Dayton, OH
  • Little Buckeye Children’s Museum: Mansfield, OH
  • Mad Science of Cincinnati: Cincinnati, OH
  • Maritime Museum of Sandusky: Sandusky, OH
  • NASA Glenn Visitor Center: Cleveland, OH
  • National Afro-American Museum & Cultural Center: Wilberforce, OH
  • National First Ladies Library: Canton, OH
  • National Inventors Hall of Fame: Akron, OH
  • National Underground Railroad Freedom Center: Cincinnati, OH
  • The Nature Center at Shaker Lakes: Cleveland, OH
  • OH WOW! Children’s Center for Science & Technology: Youngstown, OH
  • Ohio Bird Sanctuary: Mansfield, OH
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame: Canton, OH
  • Rock & Roll Hall of Fame & Museum: Cleveland, OH
  • Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center: Portsmouth, OH
  • Taft Museum of Art: Cincinnati, OH
  • Toledo Zoo: Toledo, OH
  • Trammel Fossil Park: Sharonville, OH
  • Westcott House – Frank Lloyd Wright: Springfield, OH
  • William Howard Taft National Historic Site: Cincinnati, OH
  • The Works: Ohio Center for History, Art & Technology: Newark, OH
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