Texas: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws
Enrolling in an online private school in Texas could not be easier: there is no legal differentiation between a private school and a homeschool like many states have, and Texas has few requirements beyond the practical necessities.
Below are the requirements for enrolling your student in a private school in the state of Texas.
Texas requires private schools to have a school calendar that is at least as long as Texan public schools. Enlightium Academy’s school calendar has 180 school days, so students who attend the full year meet this requirement.
Teachers must be “highly qualified”, a definition which is determined by the accrediting agency. Enlightium Academy is accredited by two separate organizations, AdvancEd and ACSI, both of which hold teachers to high standards. Additionally, Enlightium Academy hires only certified instructors who possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree and are held to high academic and Biblical standards. You can learn more about Enlightium Academy teachers on the Our Teachers webpage.
The local school district has the right to verify the content of courses. Families should speak with their local school district superintendent prior to the school year beginning to find a method that works best for the school district superintendent. Options for allowing the school district to review the content include:
- Send a link to the course description. Our team made this simple by creating a Curriculum by Grade Level webpage
- Take random screenshots throughout the school year of coursework. Due to copyright law, do not post the content online; simply share it with the school district superintendent via email
Additionally, students must study “good citizenship”. This requirement could be filled by the Bible course that students are required to take each year while enrolled at Enlightium Academy. You can again visit the Curriculum by Grade Level webpage for details on each grade’s Bible course.
Read our article, “3 Things to Remember When Speaking with Your School District,” for advice and steps to take when speaking with your school district superintendent.
Texas provides students in grades 3–12 the STAAR tests, which covers reading, writing, science, mathematics, and social studies. Families enrolled at Enlightium Academy have two options: they can arrange to take the STAAR test at a local public school or they can take the Stanford 10 at Enlightium Academy.
Enlightium Academy offers the Stanford 10 annual assessment each year for students in grades 3–10. Speak with your school district superintendent to determine if your student should take the STAAR test through a local school or the Stanford 10 through Enlightium Academy.
Admissions Articles by Enlightium Academy
- Steps to Take If Your Homeschool Student Has No Official Records
- Fulfill the Standardized Assessment Requirement
How to Enroll at Enlightium Academy
- 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’re ready to enroll, you’ll need to pay the enrollment fee by visiting here and clicking on the blue button near the top of the page.
- Complete the enrollment form. Here 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. You’re invited to reach out to us (at the number above) if you have questions at any time.
For any other questions about Texas online private school laws, or online private school in general, please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com. Enlightium Academy is an accredited alternative education option for educating your child from home. Our program offers the comfort of a homeschool education environment and the quality of a private school education curriculum. 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 the state of Texas, while neither using the state curriculum or Common Core.