New Mexico Homeschool

New Mexico Homeschool Attendance Ages:  Children that turn 5 years of age before September 1 of the current school year to age 18 are eligible for home school.  The child must not have completed high school or received a high school diploma alternative prior to enrolling in a high school program. 

New Mexico Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: New Mexico school districts are responsible for establishing the number of days homeschool students are taught in a homeschool program.  Currently, 180 days is the minimum number of days students must attend a home school program.

New Mexico Homeschool Required Subjects: New Mexico home school students must learn the following subjects:  reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.  Homeschoolers are not limited to the above subjects and are eligible to learn other subjects.

The term homeschool in New Mexico requires only parents to teach school age children at home through a qualified home school educational program.  Parents must complete the following in order for their child to be eligible for home school:

1. Notify the state superintendent of their intent within thirty days of the establishment of the home school and by April 1 of each subsequent year. The April 1 notice must identify the school district.  The form can be completed on the New Mexico home school  website (electronically) or the homeschool application form can be completed and mailed to the superintendent.   Written notification can be completed and submitted to the address below:

New Mexico Public Education Department
Attn: Home School Notification
300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Parents and print and complete the homeschool application here.

New Mexico homeschoolers are under no legal obligation to notify their local school district that they are home schooling. Families who are receiving public assistance may need to notify their district in order to continue to receive public aid.
2. Maintain disease immunization records (a waiver may be obtained due to religious objections or a medical exemption).

The definition of a private school in New Mexico specifically excludes home schools and home school satellite programs.

New Mexico Teacher Qualifications:
Parent must possess at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.

New Mexico Homeschool Standardized Testing:  New Mexico does not have standardized homeschool tests.  On March 15, 2001, New Mexico enacted S.B. 374 which specifically repealed testing requirements for homeschoolers.

New Mexico Post-Secondary Admissions: Students that complete a high school homeschool program and have submitted test scores that otherwise qualify him for admission to that institution are not required to show proof of receiving a GED
The below requirements must be completed by the parent in order to be eligible to homeschool their children:

Be the parent or the legal guardian

Have a high school diploma or G.E.D.

Keep a calendar in their own files showing that they are teaching the child(ren) at least 180 days out of the school year

Keep a copy of their own diploma or degree in their own files

Keep a copy of the child(ren)'s immunization records or objection to immunization waiver form in their own files

Send electronic or written notification to the Secretary of Education within thirty (30) days of the Home School's establishment
must renew the home school's establishment every year on or before April 1st by submitting written notification