Michigan Homeschool

Michigan Homeschool Attendance Ages: Students age 11 by December 1 of that school year to 16 are required to attend school in Michigan. 

Michigan Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: No specific number of days is mandated

Michigan Required Subjects:

Reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar, if operating under the home school statute.

For those operating a nonpublic school the subjects must be comparable to those taught in the public schools. These include mathematics, reading, English, science, and social studies in all grades, and the U.S. Constitution, Michigan Constitution, and the history and present form of civil government of the U.S., Michigan, and the political subdivisions and municipalities of Michigan in the high school grades.

Michigan Home schools have two options. They can either operate under the home school statute or qualify as a nonpublic school.

Option I: Home School Statute Option.

1. A child is not required to attend a public school if the child is being educated at the childís home by his or her parent or legal guardian in an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing, and English grammar.

There are no requirements to notify, seek approval, test, file forms, or have any certain teacher qualifications. The burden is on the state to prove that the parents are not teaching their children.

Option II: Nonpublic School Option.

A child who is attending regularly and is being taught in a state approved, nonpublic school, which teaches subjects comparable to those taught in the public schools to children of similar age and grade

1. Home schools operating as nonpublic schools do not need to be approved according.  There is no approval or licensing procedure that requires a private home school, or a private, nonpublic school to be approved or licensed by the Department of Education prior to that schoolís opening for operation or during the schoolís ongoing operation.

The Michigan Department of Educationís authority is limited to disapproval of private, nonpublic schools if they determine that the schools are non-compliant with state education laws. 

A school district cannot initiate criminal proceedings against parents who are home schooling until an administrative hearing had been held by the State Superintendent of Instruction which determined that the school did not meet the requirements of the law.

Also, any compliance procedureĒ created by the Department of Education are only interpretive rules which have no force of law.

2. Home schools operating as nonpublic schools must provide the local public school superintendent or the intermediate superintendent with the following information at the beginning of each school year
(a) The name and age of each child enrolled at the school

(b) The number or name of the school district and the city or township and county where the parent lives

(c) The name and address of the parent

(d) The name and age of any child enrolled in the school that is not in regular attendance.

3. If requested by the Michigan Department of Education, home schools operating as nonpublic schools are required to submit records of enrollment of students, courses of study, and qualifications of teachers.
Teacher Qualifications:

Option I:

Option II: Home schools which do not have a religious objection to teacher certification are required to have all hours of instruction in the home school done by a certified teacher However, the Michigan Department of Education now considers any person with a teaching certificate, a teaching permit, or a bachelorís degree as qualified to teach in a nonpublic school.

Standardized Tests:

Home school education is the responsibility of the parent or legal guardian.  The parent assigns homework, gives tests and grades these tests. The issuance of report cards, transcripts, and diplomas are the responsibility of the home school family (based on internal standards). If home schooling continues through grade 12, the parent issues a high school diploma to the graduate.

Home school families may purchase the textbooks and instructional material of their choice. School districts are not required to provide curriculum, textbooks, or materials to home school families. Textbooks and curriculum materials may be purchased from a teacher bookstore or through an online resource.

Parents are encouraged to maintain student records of progress throughout the year. These records will assist school personnel with placement should the student enroll in a public or nonpublic school. The granting of credits and placement of students is solely determined by the receiving school. If a student attends a home school and returns to a public school, the public school generally reevaluates the students for grade placement and the transfer of credit.

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