Homeschools in North Carolina are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Non Public Education which administers the requirements of the North Carolina General Statutes governing both conventional non-public schools (private schools) and homeschools.
(The following is provided for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice)
North Carolina law defines a home school as “a non-public school in which the student receives academic instruction from his/her parent, legal guardian, or a member of the household in which the student resides”.
Two household schools are permitted. The home school academic instructional setting must always meet the home school legal definition of G.S. 115C-563(a) and is limited to students from no more than two households.”
The North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is authorized by that section of the state law (G.S. 115C-563a) to receive notices of intent to Homeschool.
- Parents wishing to educate their children at home, need to inform the DNPE of their intent to homeschool by filing a Notice of Intent.
- A “Notice of Intent” form must be filed once their children are age 7 or if they will turn 7 during the school year.
- The main teaching parent needs to hold a high school diploma, or its equivalent, in order to homeschool.
- Once the Homeschool is established, the administrators (parents/guardian) must maintain at the school their children’s immunization records and attendance records for each student.
- Every year the students (aged 7 and up) must have a nationally standardized achievement test administered and the testing records should be kept ready for inspection by the NCDNPE by the Homeschool’s Administrator.
- The annual test must be Nationally standardized and cover the subject areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics. Records of the test results must be retained at the school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested.
- Homeschool administrators can now report updates or changes online any time during the school year.
Recommendations and details are available at the NCDNPE website and if you click on the links above they will take you there.
A very valuable printable Homeschool Handbook is available to download from the NCDNPE as well: Homeschool Guidebook.
Note: if you are filing your Notice of Intent to Homeschool at the NCDNPE website, you will need to file it during their office hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.- 4:40 p.m.
For details about types of tests and the legal requirements of annual testing, check out the Homeschool-ology Testing Page and look at the sidebar links for testers in your area.