KY Homeschooling Laws
Homeschoooling Laws in Kentucky
Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Kentucky is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Kentucky and helpful links to KY’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Kentucky homeschool laws, and legal support resources.
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Links for Kentucky Homeschool Laws
Kentucky State Homeschool Law Summary
If you are homeschooling in the state of Kentucky, you need to follow these steps:
- Notify the board of education. You must annually send a private school notice of attendance to your local board of education within the first two weeks of the start of the school year. Traditionally, this has been interpreted to be within two weeks from the first day of school in the local school district. Typically, the notice should be submitted no later than the second week of August. The notice should list the students in attendance at your school and include their names, ages, and addresses. (A notice of attendance form, which is attached below, is available to HSLDA members.)
- Keep attendance and scholarship reports. You must keep attendance reports and scholarship reports (i.e. report cards) in a similar manner as your local public schools do. Generally, this means the reports must be updated every six to nine weeks, depending on the schedule your district has chosen.
- Teach for the required number of days. A parent must ensure that at least 1,062 hours of instruction is provided to their child. This has to be done over at least 170 days. (While some parents prefer to keep a daily record of the hours of instruction they provide, if the amount of time you spend is fairly consistent you can continue to primarily count days, as long as the total adds up to 1,062 hours over at least 170 days.)
- Teach the required subjects in English. You are required to include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, science, and civics in your homeschool curriculum, and to teach in the English language.
Homeschool Resources for Kentucky Homeschool Laws
For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.