Section 59-65-47. Associations for home schools;
In lieu of the requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45, parents or guardians may teach their children at home if the instruction is conducted under the auspices of an association for home schools which has no fewer than fifty members and meets the requirements of this section. Bona fide membership and continuing compliance with the academic standards of the associations exempts the home school from the further requirements of Section 59-65-40 or Section 59-65-45.
The State Department of Education shall conduct annually a review of the association standards to ensure that requirements of the association, at a minimum, include:
(a) a parent must hold at least a high school diploma or the equivalent general educational development (GED) certificate;
(b) the instructional year is at least one hundred eighty days;
(c) the curriculum includes, but is not limited to, the basic instructional areas of reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies, and in grades seven through twelve, composition and literature; and
(d) educational records shall be maintained by the parent-teacher and include:
(1) a plan book, diary, or other record indicating subjects taught and activities in which the student and parent-teacher engage;
(2) a portfolio of samples of the student’s academic work; and
(3) a semiannual progress report including attendance records and individualized documentation of the student’s academic progress in each of the basic instructional areas specified in item (c) above.
By January thirtieth of each year, all associations shall report the number and grade level of children home schooled through the association to the children’s respective school districts.
STEP 1: Register to Homeschool
First things first…Do you qualify to homeschool? Check your state laws. Most will require a High School Diploma or GED.
If that’s all good, click register.
It is important to know your rights and legal obligations as a homeschooler. Please take a moment to review the Homeschool Laws located to the left.
To send in payment please go to the "enrollment" drop down at the top left corner of this page. Click payment and number of students you're registering "enrolling". If you have 3 students then click "payment 3 students" ect...
STEP 2: Withdrawing From School
If your child has not already enrolled in school, you may skip this step.*
If you haven’t already, please be sure to withdraw your child/children if they are still currently registered under a private or public school.
IMPORTANT: Bring this form with you to inform them that you are homeschooling under BMAA now.
This will ensure you do not have any unusual visitors, truant officers in particular.
Use this form to formalize your intent to home-school by officially withdrawing your child/children from the school system and giving them notice of where you’re transferring to. Simply fill out the withdrawal form, one per child, and submit it to their previous school.
We recommend bringing two copies along and having someone sign and stamp it with their official date-stamp as proof of receipt and to keep a copy for your records. Also keep any other withdrawal forms you signed as proof of withdrawal.
To withdraw from a virtual online school: please inform your homeroom teacher of your intent to withdraw. You will be referred to a department that will handle the withdrawal process and will also send you a prepaid postage stamp to return your books and other items.
STEP 3: Keeping Record
At this point you've registered. Now you have to keep records. Now you need to create your “Student Portfolio.” In this portfolio you will keep track of the following;
Your child needs to complete at least 180-days of school. Keep Attendance.
Note: Field Trips & participation at a Home-school Cooperative or Learning Community "Co-op" count as a day of school.
-WEEKLY LESSON PLANNER
Write your lessons down and hours.
Keep a detailed log of your lessons and hours. We use an online planner called Homeschool Planet Click " Helpful links" at the top of the page for the link.
STEP 4: Deciding on Curriculum.
We recommend going to the top of the page, click "helpful links" and then click "Homeschool Buyer Co-op". They have a plethora of both secular and non-secular curriculum, extra curricular activities, and SO much more, all for a discount of 20%-90% off!
Which brings us to yet another pro to being a homeschooler. Student AND Teacher ID's. This also means discounts, discounts, and more discounts! Keep those cards with you and use them when you can. Just follow that link for the "Homeschool Buyer Co-op" at the top of the page and get your ID's for free.
Connect with others who have the same educational goals as you do!
CONNECT WITH HOMESCHOOLERS
Check out the blog. It has a lot of tried and loved curriculum sites on it. We created this blog to help newbies get started with finding a curriculum that fits. It is a new blog and we will add more curriculum sites to it every month. If you have any questions or concerns or even need one on one help, please do not hesitate to reach out to us! Check out our contact info if this is the case. We would love to help you and support you through homeschooling your children.