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Notice of Intent to Establish a Home School

North Carolina law defines a home school as a non-public school consisting of the children of not more than two families or households, where the parents or legal guardians or members of either household determine the scope and sequence of the academic instruction, provide academic instruction, and determine additional sources of academic instruction. General Statute 115C-563(a).

Parents and legal guardians (Chief Administrators) operating the home school must:

  • Live in North Carolina and maintain an accurate permanent mailing address in the Division of Non-Public Education file (G.S.115C-552).
  • Provide evidence of at least a high school diploma or GED (G.S. 115C-564).
  • Provide academic instruction to students on a regular schedule for at least 9 calendar months of the year (with the allowance of reasonable vacations and holidays) (G.S. 115C-548)
  • Administer (or have administered) a nationally normed and standardized achievement test measuring spelling, grammar, reading and mathematics each year for EACH student enrolled in the home school. (G.S. 115C-549,557,564)
  • Maintain on file for at least one calendar year
    1. Attendance charts (a form is provided on the website)
    2. immunization records
    3. annual testing records for each enrolled student
  • Provide required records for inspection to an official of the Division of Non-Public Education when requested (G.S.115C-553, 549).
  • Close the home school within 30 days by notifying Division of Non-Public Education when there are no more students being actively home schooled (i.e. when all students have been enrolled in another school or graduated). Schools may be reopened at a later time if necessary. You may close a school by logging into the system. (G.S 115C-552, 115C-564).