I wanted to ask anyone living in TX how it is to homeschool there. My brother and sister in law are probably going to start homeschooling next year, and I wanted to understand the laws as I try to help them. I looked at it briefly, but I wanted to hear from someone living there.
Texas is a great state for homeschooling. We are treated as private schools, so we are not regulated like public schools. No regulations on days, times, testing, curriculum, registration and such. We are to start teaching by the Sept after 6 years old and teach reading, writing, math, civics, and PE, I think. We have great state organization that really keeps an eye on regulations.
I believe TX history is also in the list of subjects. I need to review that again, myself. If you haven’t already, you can refer them to Texas Home School Coalition (thsc.org). There they would outline the laws and such.
It is a blessing to homeschool here. I am sure they will enjoy it. One thing I really like are the homeschool stores!!
Nope, TX history is not on the list of required subjects, just reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study of good citizenship. I don’t know where I thought I read that.
But the site I mentioned above outlines how to get started if you’re starting from the beginning, or if your kids have been in public school.
As the others mentioned, it is very easy to homeschool in Texas. And what a blessing too! I checked out a state site when we first began, and was very puzzled by how basic the requirements are, especially for elementary aged children. I am convinced that our homeschool children are receiving such a superior, more well-rounded education just based on the “state’s requirements” for public schooled children.
I’m sure your brother and his family will enjoy homeschooling in Texas!
Thanks for the responses. I think I understand that they just have to tell the school they are withdrawing their son.
Do they ever have to show anything or test or evaluate or anything?
I can’t answer your question about testing or evaluation, but I know that the Home School Legal Defense Association has a state-by-state analysis of homeschool laws that can. You just click on your state on a map, and it takes you to a page that has all of that information. More than likely, the group that TX-Melissa included in her post has the answers, too.
If you would like to visit the HSLDA page on homeschool laws, you can do so here.
Definitely check out the HSLDA page for a brief explanation of Texas requirements. You can also look at the Texas Homeschool Coalition page…lots of information there!! Their site is thsc.org.
It is a great blessing to homeschool in Texas…very stress free and really allows the parents to have control over their child’s education. My children have been so relaxed and really into learning now that they are not faced with TEKS or other standardized testing as well as having to learn at the speed of light to keep up with what the state tells the teachers to teach by TEKS.
Yep, love homeschooling in Texas
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