Ohio: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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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. 

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Regents Exams: What New York Families Need to Know

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The Regents Examinations are a series of standardized tests given to high school students in New York. New York requires all high school students to pass standardized tests in order to meet graduation requirements. While Enlightium Academy does not require its students to take the Regents, it is a method of testing available to high school students in New York that allows students to meet the minimum requirements needed for graduation. 

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What is an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)?

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Some states may require families to submit an IHIP. Additionally, New York State families that have filed an intent to homeschool with their local school district superintendent (also known as the Superintendent of Schools) and are enrolled with Enlightium Academy must submit an IHIP to the state that is signed by their student’s guidance counselor.  

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Illinois: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Illinois has minimal private school requirements in areas such as accreditation, teacher certification, and curriculum standards, although families do have health obligations to fulfill. Tax credits may also be available to families.

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Washington: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Enrolling in an online private school is relatively simple for families located in Washington state. The minimum expected regulations are in place, and since Enlightium Academy (Enlightium) is located in Washington state, local families are more likely to attend Enlightium’s public events such as the annual graduation ceremony. Please note that this article is intended for families located in Washington state, so out-of-state students should review their state’s private school requirements.

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Fulfilling the Standardized Assessment Requirement

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A standardized assessment allows the student, the family, the private school/homeschool program, and the state insight as to how the student is doing in his/her academics compared to other students around the United States who took the same assessment.

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Parental Rights and Responsibilities in Educating their Children

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The right of parents to choose an education for their children was declared at the United Nations General Assembly in 1948: “Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.”1 The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture and direct his or her destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare the child for life. The state may require that all children of proper age attend school, that teachers would be of good moral character and patriotic disposition, that certain studies essential to good citizenship must be taught, and that nothing be taught which is manifestly inimical to the public welfare.2

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Florida: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Florida state legislature has minimal regulations for private school students. Enlightium Academy meets the existing state requirements and has high standards in areas where state law may have none, such as teacher certification and organization accreditation.

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Georgia: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Families in Georgia have minimal requirements when it comes to enrolling their students in an online school such as Enlightium Academy. The great news is that with its dual accreditation, Enlightium Academy covers the requirements and sets the bar high in terms of accreditation, teacher certification, and curriculum options.

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Online K-12 Education as a Homeschool Option

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Homeschooling was one of the solutions for parents for decades since home education provides parents the opportunity to teach moral and religious principles to their children.1 The first homeschoolers dealt with backlash from numerous groups, family members, educators, politicians, and neighbors who felt they were doing their children an injustice. However, proponents of homeschooling held fast and helped to establish the laws and regulations that recognize that teaching one’s children is a right.2 In the 1970s only 10,000 children were homeschooled and by 2010, about 2,000,000 students were part of homeschool options.3

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Tennessee: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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Tennessee trusts accrediting agencies to govern private schools. Enlightium Academy is accredited by both AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI). With these high standards, Enlightium Academy fulfills Tennessee’s requirements for private schools.

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Texas: Online Private School and Homeschool Regulations/Laws

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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.

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Private School Tax Season: Louisiana

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Louisiana’s individual tax reduction program is one of the best in the country. Parents can claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $5,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Indiana

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Indiana’s individual tax reduction program allows parents to claim tax deductions for private school expenses up to $1,000 per student each year.

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Private School Tax Season: Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has an individual tax deduction program that is largely considered to be one of the best options in the nation due to its high amount and easy eligibility. The tax deduction is up to $4,000 per child in grades K–8 and up to $10,000 per child in grades 9–12.

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Private School Tax Season: Illinois

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Illinois is one of the few states in the U.S. with a tax credit program. For being enrolled in a private school, families in Illinois can receive up to a $250 credit per dependent each school year. Parents can receive a credit of 25% of their expenses after the first $250; the maximum credit a family can receive is $750.

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Private School Tax Season: South Carolina

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South Carolina offers a unique tax option: a refundable tax credit available to parents/guardians of students with special needs. South Carolina matches the federal definition of special needs as a “child with a disability”; more can be found at 34 CFR 300.8. The parents/guardians must also believe that the public school district that the student would be attending, if not enrolled in a private school, would not meet the student’s needs.

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Private School Tax Season: Minnesota

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Minnesota’s K–12 Education Credit program is a refundable tax credit for education expenses outside of tuition. For families enrolled in Enlightium Academy, this can include tutoring minutes, books, and more. This tax credit lowers your family’s total tax liability.

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Your Guide to Public School Alternatives in Colorado

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If your family is new to homeschooling, researching the laws for Colorado can be intimidating. It’s only natural that navigating uncharted waters would be difficult, so Enlightium Academy would like to serve as a guide to help you understand the homeschooling laws in Colorado state.

Students enrolled at Enlightium Academy, though instructed at home, are considered attendants of “an independent or parochial school which provides a basic academic education” (Colorado Department of Education). As such, it is a non-public school, over which neither the State Board of Education in Colorado nor any local board of education has jurisdiction. This is good news, as the requirements of families homeschooling in Colorado through EA are lessened.

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Private School Tax Season: Alabama

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Several states have K–12 private school education tax benefits, deductions, or refund programs. Please keep the following in mind:

  1. Enlightium Academy is legally a private school, not a homeschool.
  2. Enlightium Academy is accredited, an important distinction for several states in filing for tax benefits. Enlightium Academy is accredited by AdvancEd and the Association of Christian Schools International. More information can be found here.
  3. This article is intended to act as the first steps in preparing for filing; speak with a tax professional and/or conduct further research before filing.
  4. Laws are subject to change. Please note this article’s publication date.
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