1) Research homeschooling in Kansas.
Here are just a few suggested resources to start your exploration:
- Homeschooling in Kansas – state laws (from the Home School Legal Defense Association)
- “Classes must be held for a period of time which is substantially equivalent to the time public schools are in session. The time required for public schools is at least 186 days of not less than 6 hours per day, or 1116 hours per year for grades 1-11.” (from this KSDE fact sheet)
- Checklist: Getting a Homeschool Started (from the Christian Home Educators Confederation of Kansas)
2) Register your school with the Kansas Department of Education.
- Register your non-accredited private school online here
- Looking for some ideas to name your homeschool? See 9 useful tips in this blog post.
3) Establish your homeschool program.
4) Become a member of Midwest Parent Educators (recommended).
One of the best things you can do for your homeschool is to find friends and resources to support and encourage you in your journey. It’s not a sprint, but a marathon!
Just $50 a year gives you membership that includes the following benefits:
- Informational support group meetings, retreats and other events
- Free admission to our annual homeschool conference (a more than $60 value!)
- Access to annual standardized testing for grades K – 11
- High school graduation ceremony (must meet certain criteria – call MPE office)
- Special discounts on attending our annual used curriculum sale
- Subscription to our newsletter, The Parent Educator, filled with local events and opportunities for area homeschoolers
5) Enroll with Home School Legal Defense Association (recommended).
Note: When you become a member of Midwest Parent Educators, there is a $15 discount available on HSLDA membership.
6) Formally withdraw from the current school by phone, letter, or in person.