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Home Schooling

Regional Office of Education # 17 supports all schooling options for students. 

Home-schooling in Illinois is considered to be a form of private education. Parents who choose to educate their children at home are under a legal obligation to meet the minimum requirements stated in Illinois’ Compulsory Attendance Law (Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code). Parents who choose to educate their children at home are obligated to teach their children “…the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools” and they are further obligated to offer instruction in these core courses in the English language. The “branches of education” include language arts; mathematics; biological and physical sciences; social sciences; fine arts; and physical development and health.

Parents/Guardians who provide a home school program are asked to register with their Regional Office of Education. This voluntary registration form serves notice that compulsory attendance requirements are being met to assure children are not considered truant.  Please note that this form is not mandatory.  

Click here to view and print the voluntary Home Schooling Reigstration form. 

If a home schooled student transfers into a public district, grade level placement and acceptance of credit will be determined by the public school district.

Public school districts are not required to provide curriculum, books, or materials to home schooled children.

For more information on Home Schooling your child, please contact our office at 309-888-5120. 



Due to the many requests for information about home schooling, the following list of resources has been compiled.  This list is not intended to be exhaustive, nor does ROE # 17 or ISBE endorse any of these programs or services. Neither ROE # 17 or ISBE can vouch for the accuracy or information on these pages.   Home schooling parents are not required to use any of the programs or services listed below. Any fees associated with these programs are the sole responsibility of the parent/guardian.

Illinois Home Schooling (ISBE)

Home School Legal Defence Association

Home School Resource Library (HRC) Jonhsburg Public Library

Home School World (partial listing of home schooling organizations in Illinois)

A short list of online home school programs:

Program Grade Levels Web Site
American School Grades 9-12
Alpha Omega Academy Grades K -12
Clonlara Grades K-12
Compuhigh Grades 9-12
Global Student Network Grades K-12
Oak Meadow Grades K-8
Penn Foster Grades 9-12


For a more comprehensive guide to Online Home Schooling visit: