Home Schooling

The Curriculum and Instruction Office and the Assistant Superintendent are responsible for approving homeschooling requests.

If you have questions about homeschooling, call 978-597-8713 extension 1300.

Guidelines for Approval of Home Education Plans:

  1. Parents and/or Guardians must obtain approval for homeschooling prior to removing their child or children from the public school and beginning the home education program.
  2. Approval is granted through the Curriculum and Instruction Office.
  3. Approval before the beginning of every school year is contingent upon receipt and approval of the following materials:
    •  Letter of Intent (click to download) to begin (or continue) homeschooling;
    • A detailed outline of the proposed curriculum including subjects of instruction with grade-level objectives, and a list of proposed textbooks, workbooks, and other instructional materials and aids;
      • A daily schedule of instruction showing times allotted for each subject. There must be at least 900 hours of instruction annually for grades 1-8, and 990 hours annually for grades 9-12, exclusive of lunch and recess time.
    • The method of assessment for each child(ren).  
    • Background of the homeschooling provider.  
  4. At the end of the year, the parents or guardians must provide evidence of each child’s progress. Parents or guardians have many options of how to show your child or children’s progress. Acceptable documentation includes standardized testing, a portfolio of dated samples of each child’s work for each content area, report cards and/or progress reports.

The following online resources and schools may be helpful for parents and guardians. 

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