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Home School Information

In Illinois, home school is considered to be a private form of education. Guardians decide the materials and manner in which home school students learn. Illinois guardians 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). Guardians 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.


Please note the Regional Office of Education does not provide books or funding for books for home-school instruction. In addition, the Regional Office of Education does not provide achievement testing. Arrangements for achievement testing are the responsibility of the parent or the local school district.


The Illinois State Board of Education recommends that you notify your child’s current school, preferably in writing, that you are withdrawing them to homeschool or enroll in an online school. Your child’s school may have a withdrawal form that needs to be signed. You may also choose to write a letter to the school stating your intent to homeschool, but this is not mandatory. The key point is to make sure your child’s current school knows they will not be showing up for class so that they are not reported missing or truant.


The Illinois State Board of Education's Home Schooling page can be accessed here. 


For additional information on home school please contact Victoria Padilla at 309-888-5120 ext. 1209