Mississippi Homeschooling Requirements

Mississippi

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 Mississippi Department of Education, 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 Mississippi homeschooling requirements.

Mississippi’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects 

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Mississippi Families

Yes

Notifying the State

According to the Mississippi Department of Education, each school year you must submit the certificate of enrollment form to your county’s School Attendance Officer. Under simple description you can include the following:

Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and ACSI and serves homeschool students.

The form may be completed by the student’s parent, court-appointed guardian, or third party who has present custody of the student.

Submit the completed form by September 15 or as soon as possible if this deadline is missed. Also, keep a digital copy for your portfolio.

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before September 1:

They must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until at least the academic year in which they turn 17 years old on or before September 1.

Instructor Qualifications

The Mississippi Department of Education does not require homeschool 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 Mississippi Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

The Mississippi Department of Education 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:

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 Mississippi 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 Mississippi 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Ohio Homeschooling Requirements

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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 Ohio Department of Education, 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 endeavour. 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 Ohio homeschooling requirements.

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New Jersey Homeschooling Requirements

New-Jersey

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 New Jersey Department of Education, 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 New Jersey homeschooling requirements.

New Jersey’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for New Jersey Families

Yes

Age Requirement

Ages five 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.

Ages six through 16:

They must attend school; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 16 or graduate.

Required Subjects

The New Jersey Department of Education requires that homeschool students have an education that is “equivalent” to an education they would receive in public school. This includes core courses and classes typically required for graduation. 

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Instructor Qualifications

The New Jersey Department of Education does not require homeschool 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. 

Standardized Assessment

The New Jersey Department of Education 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:

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 New Jersey 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 New Jersey 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Colorado Homeschooling Requirements

Colorado

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 The Colorado Department of Education, 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 Colorado homeschooling requirements.

Colorado’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

 

Homeschooling Options

Option 3: Homeschooling with a certified teacher

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

7

Instructor Qualifications

Yes

Required Subjects

No

Standardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

Yes, with exemptions

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Colorado Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are three homeschooling options in Colorado. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 3: Homeschooling with a certified teacher. Enlightium Academy has dual accreditation and Enlightium’s teachers are state and/or ACSI certified, which should fulfill the certified teacher requirement under option 3. The below guidelines are based on option 3

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before August 1:

They must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 17 years old or graduate.

Instructor Qualifications

Under option 3, the Colorado Department of Education requires the student’s instructor, who can be appointed by the parent, to hold a teaching certificate.

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

Under option 3, the Colorado Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

Under option 3, the Colorado Department of Education 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:

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Colorado; 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 Colorado 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 Colorado 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:


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Missouri Homeschooling Requirements

Missouri

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 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 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 Missouri homeschooling requirements.

Missouri’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

7

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Missouri Families

Yes

Academic Calendar

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires at least 1,000 hours of instruction each school term; which is less than 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.

Ages seven through 16:

Students must attend school by the start of the school term.* This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 17.

*In Missouri, the school term does not necessarily mean when the public schools start school. You can choose when the school term starts, but it must remain from year to year and it must apply to all of the students you are homeschooling. Families enrolled in Enlightium can have their school term aligned with the beginning of Enlightium’s school year.

Instructor Qualifications

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education does not require homeschool 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 Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education requires the following subjects:

The above subjects are core courses at Enlightium Academy and should be assigned by your student’s counselor. Of the required 1,000 hours of instruction each school term, 600 must be among the core subjects.

At Enlightium, you can request custom reports to show a log of time spent in each course by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Standardized Assessment

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education 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:

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 Missouri 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 Missouri 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:

 

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Virginia Homeschooling Requirements

Virginia

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 one’s state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about most states’ requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state requirements at hslda.org/legal and the Virginia Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states; 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 Virginia homeschooling requirements.

Virginia’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Homeschooling Options

Option 4: Homeschooling under the private school option

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

5

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

Yes, with exemptions

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Virginia Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are four homeschooling options in Virginia. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 4: Homeschooling under the private school option. The below guidelines are based on option 4

Academic Calendar

The Virginia Department of Education requires private school students to receive instruction for the same number of days and during the same period of the year as public schools, and they must receive instruction for the same number of hours per day as public school students. 

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 four 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 five on or before September 30:

They must attend school during that academic year beginning in the fall; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 18 or graduate.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Virginia; 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 but must abide by state regulations.

You may find the Virginia state exemption form here. To complete an immunization exemption form, the state of Virginia requires you to be eligible under the religious exemption.

Instructor Qualifications

Under option 4, the Virginia Department of Education does not require teachers to hold 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

Under option 4, the Virginia Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

Under option 4, the Virginia Department of Education 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:

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 Virginia 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 Virginia to inform and support each other in fulfilling your state’s homeschooling requirements. 

Your family will be automatically added to this group upon enrolling and then 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 the online homeschooling.
  2. If you have any questions:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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 March 2022:


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Tennessee Homeschooling Requirements

Tennessee

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 one’s state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about most states’ requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the Tennessee Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states; 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 Tennessee homeschooling requirements.

Tennessee’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Homeschooling Options

Option 3: Category III distance-learning school

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

Yes

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Tennessee Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are three homeschooling options in Tennessee. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 3: Category III distance-learning school. Enlightium Academy falls under Category III as it is accredited by Cognia, an accrediting organization which contains the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). The below guidelines are based on option 3.

Notifying the State

Under Option 3, the school administration informs the Tennessee Department of Education of student attendance. The family does not need to notify the state.

Academic Calendar

The Tennessee Department of Education requires at least 180 days of education each school year. 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 five 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.

Ages six through 17:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 18 years old. This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Instructor Qualifications

Under option 3, The Tennessee Department of Education does not require students to have teachers with specific credentials or qualifications. 

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

For all other students, 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.

Required Subjects

Under option 3, the Tennessee Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

Under option 3, the Tennessee Department of Education 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:

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Tennessee; 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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Illinois Homeschooling Requirements

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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 one’s state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about most states’ requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state requirements at hslda.org/legal and the Illinois State Board of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states; 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 Illinois homeschooling requirements.

Illinois’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Illinois Families

Yes

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before September 1:

They must attend school during that academic year beginning in the fall; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until the academic year in which they turn 17 or graduate.

Instructor Qualifications

The Illinois State Board of Education 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 Illinois State Board of Education requires the following subjects:

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

English Instruction

The Illinois State Board of Education requires that instruction be taught in the English language. At Enlightium Academy, courses are instructed in English with the exception of some World Language courses such as French and Spanish, which may be partially taught in English.

Standardized Assessment

The Illinois State Board of Education 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:

Keep a Portfolio

In Illinois, consider the following:

  • Identifying as a private school if working with the government
  • Identifying as a homeschool if filling out a FAFSA for college financial aid

You may need to provide your state with additional information, so keep a digital record every year you are enrolled at Enlightium Academy and 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 Illinois 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 Illinois to inform and support each other in fulfilling your state’s homeschooling requirements. 

Your family will be automatically added to this group upon enrolling and then 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 the online homeschooling.
  2. If you have any questions:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Florida Homeschooling Requirements

Florida

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 Florida Department of Education, 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 Florida homeschooling requirements.

Florida’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Homeschooling Options

Option 2: Homeschooling under a private school “umbrella” program

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Florida Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are three homeschooling options in Florida. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 2: Homeschooling under a private school “umbrella” program. The below guidelines are based on option 2.

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before February 1:

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

Instructor Qualifications

The Florida Department of Education 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 Florida Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

The Florida Department of Education 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:

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 Florida 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 Florida 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Georgia Homeschooling Requirements

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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 the Georgia Department of Education 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 Georgia’s homeschooling requirements.

Georgia’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

Yes

Required Subjects 

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

Yes - Beginning in 4th grade

Immunization Requirement

Yes, with exemptions

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Georgia Families

Yes

Notifying the State

The Georgia Department of Education requires homeschooling families to inform the state of their intent to homeschool using this online form

Note the following submission dates to submit the form by:

First year of homeschooling: 

Notify the state within 30 days after starting at Enlightium Academy.

Each subsequent year of homeschooling: 

By September 1 or within a week of starting courses at Enlightium Academy.

Academic Calendar

The Georgia Department of Education requires 180 days of education each school year; each school day must have at least four and one half hours of learning. 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 five 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.

Ages six through 16:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 17 or graduate; this includes homeschooling at Enlightium Academy.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Georgia; 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 Georgia state exemption form here. To complete an immunization exemption form, the state of Georgia requires you to be eligible under one of the following:

  • Medical exemption: Medical exemptions are used only when a child has a medical condition that keeps him from being able to receive a specific vaccine(s), not all vaccines. A medical exemption must be marked on the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231). A letter from a physician, Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) or physician assistant (PA) attached to the certificate will not be accepted as a medical exemption. It must be marked on the certificate. A physician, APRN or PA must re-evaluate the need for a medical exemption at least once each year and issue a new certificate of immunization at that time. The date of expiration on the section of the certificate marked “medical exemption” should be one year from the date of issue and never be longer than one year.
  • Religious exemption: For a child to be exempt from immunizations on religious grounds, the parent or guardian must furnish the school/childcare facility with a notarized Affidavit of Religious Objection to Immunization (DPH Form 2208). This Affidavit of Religious Objection to Immunization form should be filed instead of the Georgia Immunization Certificate (Form 3231). The affidavit does not expire.

Instructor Qualifications

The Georgia Department of Education requires the parent/guardian/teacher to have a high school diploma or GED. 

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 Georgia Department of Education requires the following subjects:

The above subjects are core courses at Enlightium Academy and should be assigned by your student’s counselor.

Standardized Assessment

The Georgia Department of Education requires students to have a standardized assessment every three years starting in third grade.

Enlightium provides multiple assessment options:

  • Grades Pre-K-2: Please check with your local district to facilitate a state-approved assessment for grades Pre-K through 2
  • Grades 3-8: Iowa Complete Annual Assessment- tests cover the required material and test scores are provided via email to the parent
  • Grades 9-12: Guidance for college-preparatory assessments such as the PSAT, SAT, and/or ACT

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 Georgia 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 Georgia 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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 March 2022:

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North Carolina Homeschooling Requirements

North-Carolina

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 North Carolina Department 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 North Carolina’s homeschooling requirements.

North Carolina’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

Yes

Required Subjects 

No

Standardardized Assessment

Yes - All ages

Immunization Requirement

Yes, with exemptions

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for North Carolina Families

Yes

Notifying the State

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires homeschooling families to inform the state of their intent to homeschool using the form found on this website. Your family only needs to do this one time. 

When asked for information such as the name of the homeschool owner, the name of the chief administrator, and the homeschool address, use your family’s name and address.

You will need to close out your homeschool by informing the state when you:

  • Stop homeschooling (such as upon your student’s graduation), or
  • Move out of state

Academic Calendar

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires at least nine months of education each school year. Enlightium’s school calendar has 180 school days, typically over ten months. 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.

Ages seven through 16:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 17 years old. This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Instructor Qualifications

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires the instructor to have a high school diploma or its equivalent. 

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 North Carolina Department of Public Instruction does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction requires families to have their student take a standardized test each year. The assessment must cover:

  • Grammar
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Mathematics

The test scores must be available for inspection by a representative of the state. Every enrolled home school student should be tested each school year regardless of age. Please check with your local district to facilitate a state-approved assessment for grades Pre-k through 2nd grade.

Enlightium provides multiple assessment options:

  • Grades PreK-2: Please check with your local district to facilitate a state-approved assessment for grades pre-k through 2.
  • Grades 3-8: Iowa Complete Annual Assessment - tests cover the required material and test scores are provided via email to the parent.
  • Grades 9-12: Guidance for college-preparatory assessments such as the SAT and ACT

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of North Carolina; 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 North Carolina state Medical exemption form here. To complete an immunization exemption form, the state of North Carolina requires you to be eligible under one of the following:

  • Medical Exemption: Medical exemptions can only be requested by a physician licensed to practice medicine in North Carolina. If a physician determines the need to request a medical exemption from a required immunization for a patient and needs assistance, they should contact the North Carolina Immunization Branch at (919) 707-5550.
  • Religious Exemption: There is no form for requesting religious exemptions in North Carolina. To claim a religious exemption, the parent or person requesting the exemption must write a statement of their religious objection to immunization, including the name and date of birth of the person for whom the exemption is being requested. This statement would then be provided to schools, child care programs, camps, etc. in place of an immunization record. If a family is requesting a religious exemption for more than one child, a separate statement should be prepared for each child. Statements of religious objection to immunization do not need to be notarized, signed by a religious leader, or prepared by an attorney. 

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 North Carolina 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 North Carolina 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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.

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Washington State Homeschooling Laws

Washington

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 Washington State Board of Education, 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 Washington homeschooling requirements.

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Texas Homeschooling Requirements

Texas

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 Texas Education Agency, 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 Texas homeschooling requirements.

Texas’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

No

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Texas Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There is one homeschooling option in Texas which requires a written curriculum. Enlightium Academy offers students in:

Age Requirement

Ages five and 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.

Ages six through 19

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 19. This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Required Subjects

The Texas Education Agency requires the following subjects:

The above subjects are core courses at Enlightium Academy and should be assigned by your student’s counselor.

Instructor Qualifications

The Texas Education Agency 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 the Bronze support package. Under the parent-led option, parents act as teachers while Enlightium Academy provides grading and guidance support.

Standardized Assessment

The Texas Education Agency 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:

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 Texas 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 Texas 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:

 

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California Homeschooling Requirements

California

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 California Department of Education, 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 California homeschooling requirements.

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Louisiana Homeschooling Requirements

Louisiana

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 Louisiana Department of Education, 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 endeavour. 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 Louisiana homeschooling requirements.

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Kentucky Homeschooling Requirements

Kentucky

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 Kentucky Department of Education, 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 Kentucky homeschooling requirements.

Kentucky’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Kentucky Families

Yes

Notifying the State

The Kentucky Department of Education requires families who homeschool (identified in Kentucky as a “private school”) to send in a notice to the local school board of education. This must be done each year within two weeks of starting courses or right away if you missed this window.

The notice needs to include each homeschool/private school student’s:

  • Name
  • Age
  • Address

Academic Calendar

The Kentucky Department of Education requires at least 1,062 hours of instruction over the course of at least 170 school days. Enlightium’s school calendar has 180 school days (210 days with summer school) so students can spend less than 6 hours per day for 180 days. Additionally, students have access to the courses 24/7 for most days of the school year, including weekends and holidays.

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before August 1:

Students must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 18 years old or graduate.

Instructor Qualifications

The Kentucky Department of Education 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 Kentucky Department of Education requires the following subjects:

The above subjects are core courses at Enlightium Academy and should be assigned by your student’s counselor.

English Instruction

The Kentucky Department of Education requires instruction to be taught in the English language. At Enlightium Academy, courses are instructed in English with the exception of some World Language courses such as French and Spanish, which may be partially taught in English.

Standardized Assessment

The Kentucky Department of Education 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:

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 Kentucky 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 Kentucky 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:


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Alabama Homeschooling Requirements

Alabama

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 Alabama Department of Education, 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 Alabama homeschooling requirements.

Alabama’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Homeschooling Options

Option 2: Homeschooling with a private school

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Alabama Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are three homeschooling options in Alabama. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 2: Homeschooling with a private school, which allows a student to learn from home while enrolled in an existing private school.

Notifying the State

According to the Alabama Department of Education, five days after you start school (or as soon as possible if you missed this window), you must provide the name(s) of your students enrolled at Enlightium Academy to your:

  • County 

or

  • Local Public School Superintendent

Age Requirement

Ages five 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.

Ages six through 17:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they either graduate or turn 17; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Instructor Qualifications

The Alabama Department of Education does not require students in Option 2 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

Physical Education

The Alabama Department of Education requires private schools to include a “good faith program” of physical education. Enlightium Academy provides families with several options to complete this requirement:

Standardized Assessment

The Alabama Department of Education 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:

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Alabama; 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 but must abide by state regulations. You may find the Alabama state exemption form here.

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 Alabama 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 Alabama 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:

 

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Maryland Homeschooling Requirements

Maryland

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 Maryland Department of Education, 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 Maryland homeschooling requirements.

Maryland’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Homeschooling Options

Option 4: Homeschooling under the state-approved school umbrella option

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

5

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Maryland Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are four homeschooling options in Maryland. We recommend Maryland families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy choose Option 4: Homeschooling under the state-approved school umbrella option as Enlightium Academy is an approved and accredited private school. The below guidelines are based on option 4.

Notifying the State

The Maryland Department of Education requires homeschooling families to inform the state of their intent to homeschool 15 days before starting courses. Indicate that you are homeschooling through Enlightium Academy. This should be done each year.

Age Requirement

Ages four 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.

Ages five through 18:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 18 or receive a high school diploma or a GED

Instructor Qualifications

The Maryland Department of Education 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 Maryland Department of Education does not require any specific courses under option.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

The Maryland Department of Education 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:

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 Maryland 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 Maryland 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:


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Arkansas Homeschooling Requirements

Arkansas

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 Arkansas Department of Education, 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 Arkansas homeschool requirements.

Arkansas’s Homeschool Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

No

Reporting Age Requirement

5

Instructor Qualifications

No

Subjects Required 

No

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Arkansas Families

Yes

Notifying the State

Homeschooling families in Arkansas are required to inform their local public school district superintendent of their intent to homeschool. Your family only needs to do this each year by August 15 or within a week upon enrolling or re-enrolling your student at Enlightium Academy.. There is no specific form provided by the state for you to submit, though your notice must be submitted in writing as indicated below.

Include the following information for each homeschooled student in your family:

  • Name
  • Date of birth
  • Gender
  • Grade level
  • Previous school’s name and address, if applicable. You can include the year(s) at a different public or private school and the year(s) at Enlightium Academy

Additionally, include your (NOT that belonging to Enlightium Academy):

  • Mailing address
  • Phone number

The notice must also include a statement from you that you are in charge of your student’s education. Include your name and signature. Keep a record of the notice in your homeschool portfolio (folder) and then submit originals to your local public school district superintendent.

If withdrawing mid-year from a public school, plan to submit the intent to homeschool right away. If moving mid-year to Arkansas or to a new school district, you must submit a new intent to homeschool notice within 30 days.

Age Requirement

Ages four 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 five on or before August 1:

Students must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling under the umbrella of Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 17 or receive a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Instructor Qualifications

Arkansas students are not required 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 Arkansas Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

The Arkansas Department of Education 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:

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 enrollment/re-enrollment process based on the student’s grade level: 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 Arkansas 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 Arkansas 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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:


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New York Homeschooling Requirements

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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 New York State Education Department, 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 New York homeschooling requirements.

New York’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

Yes - starting in grade 1

Immunization Requirement

No

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for New York Families

Yes

Notifying the State

The New York State Education Department requires homeschooling families to submit a notice of intent by July 1 or within fourteen days of starting courses at Enlightium Academy:

  • Families living in New York City: submit to the New York City Department of Education’s Office of Homeschooling
  • All other New York families: Inform your local school district superintendent

Upon submission of the letter of intent to homeschool, you should receive an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) form from your school district superintendent. The form must be completed and returned as soon as possible or within four weeks. If it is not approved, you will have 15 days to submit a revised IHIP form. Your student’s Enlightium Academy counselor can help with meeting New York state requirements. If further appeal is needed, your local school district superintendent should provide you with more information. See Enlightium’s article “What is an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)?” for more details.

Quarterly Reports

The New York State Education Department requires homeschooling families to submit reports each quarter which include:

  • The number of hours logged in during that quarter; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for that report.
  • A description of the material covered in each course; use the scope and sequence and/or screenshots of the student’s work.
  • A grade in each subject; use the report cards sent each quarter.

Academic Calendar

Grades Pre-kindergarten - Kindergarten:

No hourly requirement is defined.

Grades 1-6:

The New York State Education Department requires 900 hours of instruction each school year; which is five hours of instruction each day for 180 days. 

Grades  7-12:

The New York State Education Department requires 990 hours of instruction each school year; which is less than 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.

Required Subjects

Over the course of grades Kindergarten-8:

Over the course of grades Kindergarten-12:

*Included in the High School Health course.

Grades Pre-kindergarten - Kindergarten:

The courses Enlightium Academy already assigns should cover all state requirements for courses.

Grades 1-6:

The New York State Education Department requires the following subjects:

Grades 7-8

The New York State Education Department requires the following subjects:

Grades 9-12:

The courses Enlightium Academy already assigns for graduation requirements should cover all state requirements for courses.

Standardized Assessment

The New York State Education Department requires the following of students in grades 1-12:

Age Requirement

Ages five 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 six on or before December 1:

They must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they graduate or at least the last day of the academic year in which they turn 16 years old.

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 enrollment/re-enrollment process based on the student’s grade level: 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 New York 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 New York 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:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    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 March 2022:

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