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Homeschooling Laws in Vermont

Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Vermont is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Vermont and helpful links to VT’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Vermont homeschool laws, and legal support resources.

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Links for Vermont Homeschool Laws

We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.

Vermont Department of Education Site

Vermont State Homeschool Law Summary

If you are homeschooling in the state of Vermont, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Send a written enrollment notice to the Secretary. A new notice must be submitted any time after March 1 for each subsequent year. The notice must include:
    • The name and age, by year and month, of the child;
    • Names, mailing addresses, town of legal residence, and phone numbers of parents or guardians;
    • For each child enrolled in the previous year, an assessment of progress;
    • For each child not previously enrolled in a Vermont public school or Vermont home study program, “independent professional evidence on whether the child has a disability”;
    • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and signatures of all persons providing ongoing instruction in any required subject; and
    • Signatures of all custodial parents or guardians who are legally authorized to make educational decisions for the student.
  1. You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool:
    • Basic communication skills, including reading, writing, and the use of numbers,
    • Citizenship, history, and government in Vermont and the United States,
    • Physical education and comprehensive health education, including the effects of tobacco, alcoholic drinks, and drugs on the human system and on society,
    • English, American, and other literature,
    • The natural sciences, and the fine arts.

  2. Create a detailed outline or narrative which describes the content provided in each subject area of the minimum course of study. An outline or narrative for a child with a disability must include any special services or adaptations to be made to accommodate any disability.

  3. Annually assess the progress of each student. Parents may choose from the following options for the assessment:
    • A report in a form designated by the commissioner, by a Vermont certified teacher;
    • A report prepared by you, the student’s instructor, or a teacher advisory service report from a publisher of a commercial curriculum together with a portfolio of the student’s work that includes work samples to demonstrate progress in each subject area in the minimum course of study; or
    • The results of a standardized achievement test approved by the commissioner administered in a manner approved by the testing company and scored in accordance with the law.

Homeschool Resources for Vermont 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.

Vermont HSLDA Reference Site

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