Montana Homeschooling Requirements

Montana

Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the Montana Office of Public Instruction, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

Please, note that the resources below serve as a starting point for your family; it is important that you research Montana homeschooling requirements.

Montana’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

7

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

Yes, with exemptions

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Montana Families

Yes

Notifying the State

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires homeschooling families to inform the county’s superintendent of schools of their intent to homeschool. Your family needs to do this every year and can do it as early as the start of the school fiscal year (July 1) for the upcoming school year. 

Academic Calendar

Students in grades Kindergarten-3:

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires at least 720 hours of instruction each school fiscal year (July 1 - June 30); this is four hours of instruction each day for 180 days. 

Students in grades 4-12:

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires at least 1,080 hours of instruction each school fiscal year (July 1 - June 30); this is six hours of instruction each day for 180 days. 

Enlightium’s school calendar has 180 school days (210 days with summer school). Additionally, students have access to the courses 24/7 for most days of the school year, including weekends and holidays.

Age Requirement

Ages six or younger:

Students are not required to attend school, but can enroll in primary school at Enlightium Academy to have a head start and be ready for Kindergarten.

Aged seven on or before the first day of public school:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 16 years old. This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Instructor Qualifications

The Montana Office of Public Instruction does not require students to have teachers with specific credentials or qualifications. 

As a part of Enlightium Academy’s dual accreditation, Enlightium teachers are state and/or ACSI certified. A number of our faculty members have Masters and Doctorate degrees in their fields. The teacher-led support packages are available for students in grades 3-12. Learn more at our Teachers page

Enlightium Academy also offers parent-led options for grades PreK-2 and for students in grades 3-10 Bronze support package. Under the parent-led option, parents act as teachers while Enlightium Academy provides grading and guidance support. 

Required Subjects

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires the following subjects:

The first four bullet points are core courses at Enlightium Academy and will should be assigned by your student’s counselor. The latter three bullet points are electives available at Enlightium Academy.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Montana therefore, parents are required to keep their children’s immunization records or exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Enlightium Academy does not require student immunization as we serve homeschool students. You may find the Montana state exemption form here.

Standardized Assessment

The Montana Office of Public Instruction does not require a standardized test for homeschooled students. However, Enlightium provides multiple assessment options to help you see how your student is progressing per given grade level:

Health and Safety Regulations

The Montana Office of Public Instruction requires that as your student is learning from home you must ensure that your home complies with local health and safety regulations.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Montana; therefore, parents are required to keep their children’s immunization records or exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Enlightium Academy does not require student immunization as we serve homeschool students. 

Keep a Portfolio

You may need to provide your state with additional information, so please keep a digital record every year you are enrolled at Enlightium Academy which should include:

  • Attendance - Enlightium provides your family with weekly progress reports. You can screenshot the details in these emails to show attendance.
  • Curriculum information and samples - Enlightium provides its families with both curriculum overviews by grade level and samples by course.
  • Academic plans - Enlightium Academy counselors provide them during the registration process - Primary School (PreK-2), Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).
  • Grades - Enlightium provides report cards for all students after quarters 1 and 3 and report cards/transcripts at the end of semesters 1 and 2.
  • Test scores - This can include occasional screenshots of test scores and/or standardized assessment scores.
  • Academic Awards - Enlightium provides qualifying students with certificates for Honor Roll, Scholar’s List, Dean’s List, and the Presidential Award.
  • Social/Competition Achievements - Enlightium holds social events and competitions throughout the school year, such as art competitions and spelling bees.

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Montana Families

Enlightium Academy has an app and desktop platform for families of currently enrolled students. Within this app is a group just for families living in Montana to inform and support each other in fulfilling your state’s homeschooling requirements. 

Your family will be automatically added to this group upon enrolling at Enlightium and downloading the Enlightium Parents app (which is provided upon enrollment).

Ready to Enroll at Enlightium Academy?

  1. Explore Enlightium Academy’s website or watch this video about online homeschooling .
  2. If you have any questions:
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    3. Call (866) 488-4818 option 2
  3. Ready to enroll? Click here to start the enrollment process and select the blue button near the top of the page.

Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school that serves homeschooling families by offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, and affordable education from the comfort of your home. For any other questions about Enlightium, please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com.

We review state requirements and regulations annually however each state may update their guidelines more frequently. If you have additional questions please contact your state board of education.

Sources reviewed in April 2022:

Arizona Homeschooling Requirements
Massachusetts Homeschooling Requirements