Ohio: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws
Families in Ohio with students enrolled in Enlightium Academy have relatively unknown benefits which may be available to them such as hardware and software from their local school district’s public schools, health and remedial services, and vocational training opportunities.
Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school, but since students learn from home, many school district superintendents consider Enlightium Academy to be a homeschool. This is why it is very important when speaking to your local school district superintendent to note that Enlightium Academy is an accredited, college-prep private school, which should satisfy Ohio state requirements. Resources for homeschooling requirements in the state of Ohio can be found at the bottom of this article.
It is optional for a private school to be accredited in the state of Ohio. There are, however, several benefits to being enrolled in an accredited school.
Enlightium Academy is accredited by AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). These accrediting agencies hold Enlightium Academy to the highest standards in areas including curriculum, faculty credentials, and student expectations.
Teachers at “nontax-supported schools” (which include private schools) should have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
As a part of Enlightium Academy’s dual accreditation, teachers are state and ACSI certified. Several faculty members have Masters degrees in their fields. Learn more at Enlightium’s Teachers page.
Students in any non-public school must attend the equivalent hours and term of attendance as their public school counterparts. This must be a minimum of 175 days, two of which can be set aside for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Enlightium Academy’s school calendar has 180 school days, so students who attend the full year meet this requirement.
Further, Parent-Teacher Conference availability at Enlightium Academy typically lasts for one month. There are two conferences during the school year with one in each semester. Parents arrange one or more Parent-Teacher Conference via phone or email during the course of the month.
Required courses include:
- Language arts
Course descriptions can be found on the Curriculum by Grade Level page.
Additional required courses can be taken as electives at Enlightium Academy:
- The history of the United States
- American history–covered in U.S. History for grades 9–12
- The history of Ohio, local, state, and national government
- State history–available for grades 7–8
- Physical Education
- Fine Arts, including music
- First Aid and safety
- Health Quest–available for grades 4–7
Students are required to have instruction in fire prevention.
Enlightium Academy families can speak with their local school district superintendent to waive this requirement as the student is learning from home. Waivers should be communicated in writing (such as email).
Additionally, Ohio notes that students need to take any other courses as prescribed by the school of attendance.
Students in grades 9-12 will have required courses based on the type of diploma they are pursuing (examples include a regular diploma and an honors diploma). The list of requirements can be found on the High School Graduation Requirements page. Each student’s high school counselor will help the student sign up for the courses required for graduation.
Vocation Training Opportunities
Students not enrolled in a public school may participate in vocational education programs available at public schools. Vocational training, also known as a career education of technical training, is education that focuses on skills and knowledge required for a particular job, such as data entry, or for a trade, such as welding. An assessment is not required, although charges may be due.
Students in Ohio enrolled at Enlightium Academy should speak with their counselor prior to arranging vocational training.
Students of nonpublic schools may be able to have various technology loaned to them from their local school district. Please review ORC§3317.06.
Students in Ohio enrolled at Enlightium Academy should speak with their local school district superintendent about available technology.
Health and Remedial Services
Health and remedial services which are available to public school students may also be available to nonpublic school students. Please review ORC §3317.06.
Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy who are interested in potentially receiving health and remedial services should speak to their local school district superintendent for further direction.
Admissions Articles by Enlightium Academy
- Steps to Take If Your Homeschool Student Has No Official Records
- 3 Things to Remember When Speaking with Your School District
Resources if Your Local School District Superintendent Considers Your Student a Homeschooler
How to Enroll
- To become familiar with the enrollment process at Enlightium Academy, you can watch this short video.
- Consider chatting with an academic consultant to see which teacher support and involvement tuition package would be best with our online curriculum. This will also give you an inside point of contact for questions and comments about our school.
- Toll-free phone number: (866) 488-4818
- Once you are ready to enroll, you will need to pay the enrollment fee by visiting this page and clicking on the blue button near the top of the page.
- Complete the enrollment form, where you can elaborate on your student's needs, desires and preferences for the counselor
- Our admissions team will contact you to discuss the next steps. Please reach out to us through the phone number or email provided above if you have any questions
For any other questions about Ohio state private school laws (or online school education in general), please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com. Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative online education option for educating your child from home. Enlightium Academy is a private Christian school that offers a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher-supported, and affordable education. Enlightium Academy meets all accreditation and state education requirements for Ohio, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.