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How We Fill-Out Our Homeschool Form (Step-by-Step)

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Section 1: Student Information

This section requests personal information that the department will include in your homeschool approval/acknowledgement letter. We complete all fields, and enter "n/a" (not applicable) for the following...

  • Name of current school

  • Student ID

  • Phone

Section 2: Curriculum

This section has a table of core subjects with time suggestions for you to review. For example, 250 minutes of math per week for 1st graders. The rest we complete as follows...

  • Instructors: mom and dad

  • Subjects: all

  • Textbooks: Abcmouse

  • IEP: no

Section 3: Assessment

There are 5 options for your year-end report. We choose dated work samples, because our children are always working on something. We've taken pictures of their works, sent in screen shots, or videos they've created.

Independent evaluation by a commercial homeschool program

Standardize test

Daily logs/Journal

Portfolio with dated work samples

Progress reports

Section 4: Signature

The city recently upgraded to a google form, so all you have to do is type your name for your signature.

Are There Any Other Changes?

The city doesn't offer a space for you to write "other" subjects. Below is the old form.

How Do You Choose Which Form To Complete?

There are different forms per level (elementary, middle school, high school). The only difference between the forms are the curriculum suggestions. As the child ages, the city recommends more hours of math, health, history, etc. If you don't use grade levels, you can choose the form that's closest to their corresponding age. For example, a 12 year old can use the middle school form.

Do You Have To Complete Their Form?

No. You can also email an education plan. AHEM and MHLA both have examples.

When Do You Notify The City?

We submit ours early August.

You'll start informing the city if your child is 6 (at the start of September). If your child attends traditional school and you decide to homeschool mid-year, you can submit it then.

For families that plan to homeschool every year, you can submit the form with your year-end report (around June).

When Do You Get A Response?

Sometimes the city responds and sometimes they do not. When they do respond, you should receive an approval letter that looks like this.

Boston Public Schools Office of Expanded Learning Opportunities sample homeschool approval letter to Massachusetts education plan and letter of intent

You'll be able to use this letter to get educator discounts at:

If the city doesn't respond, just make sure you hold on to proof that you informed them.

What Happens If The City Asks For More Information?

Sometimes staff will ask for more. Here is an example below...

"Good Afternoon,

I reviewed your application. What grade is your child going into? You wrote n/a. Children that are K0-K2 do not need an application. The application process is starting at grade 1.

Please let me know if you have any more questions."

in which I responded...

"Thanks [staff] we do not do grades. So I wrote "n/a."

The next email from their department was the approval letter you see above. New homeschooling families tend to be super nervous about interacting with the homeschool department (I was too). Please know you are doing something totally legal (and super amazing) for your family. I hope this sample conversation eases any fears you may have.

If you ever need to talk to someone who's currently homeschooling. We are here. You can also reach out to AHEM. Their one-on-one's are FREE and answered by volunteers who've already homeschooled their kids or are homeschooling them now. I hope you found this helpful.

Until next time...

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