Are you new to homeschooling or new to the area? This FAQ page provides answers on how homeschooling works in Alabama.
Compulsory School Age
Compulsory school age in Alabama is 6-17. All students in this age group must be enrolled in a school program or homeschooled.
If your student has already been enrolled in school you will need to formally withdraw them to avoid being reported as truant.
In Alabama there are three options to legally homeschool: hire a private tutor, register directly with your board of education, or use a church school (aka cover/umbrella school).
Students who school through state provided online learning programs, such as K12 or Connections Academy, still belong to the public school system and must follow all of the state's requirements and rules set forth by their programs. If you choose to school through this method do NOT register your child with a cover school or send in notice of homeschooling to the BOE.
Requirements and Reporting
The ALSDE is the authority on all schooling matters in the state. They do not license or regulate private, church, or home schools. There is no entity that does so. There are no requirements that must be met or reports that must be turned in to the state. Alabama recognizes the right of parents to choose the instruction that is best for their children.
Transferring to Public School
Students who wish to enroll in public school after homeschooling (including private tutor instruction) may be required to take placement tests.
Diploma and Transcripts
Alabama requires that homeschool diplomas be treated the same as private school diplomas. It is up to individual parents to decide what courses must be completed to graduate and create a transcript. (Sometimes cover schools assist with this.) If a student plans to attend college, we recommend contacting prospective schools to see what courses they require/expect to see on a transcript. Parents who want to model their high school requirements after the public school graduation requirements can find them on the ALSDE website.
Curriculum & Instruction
The state does not have any curriculum requirements for homeschoolers and does not provide curriculum to homeschoolers.
Accreditation is for institutions. It does not apply to individual homeschooling families or curriculum brands. Colleges know this and will lean on ACT/SAT performance for admissions.