Steps to Homeschool in Texas:
1. Know Your State Law: If you do not live in Texas, visit the HSLDA website to find your state laws and a list of homeschooling organizations.
If you live in Texas, the law states:
Home schools are considered private schools and must use a written curriculum covering math, reading, spelling, grammar, and a course in good citizenship and must be conducted in a bona fide manner.
See detailed information about the Texas Law.
2. Answer this question: Why do I want to homeschool my child?
Parents in all 50 states have the right by law to homeschool their children. Each family will have its own personal reason for choosing to homeschool as the educational method for their children. Many families homeschool for religious reasons and many for the academic advantages that homeschooling provides. Regardless of your reason, homeschooling is one of the most effective ways to educate your child. Religious and moral content is easily integrated into your daily curriculum, producing children with high social skills and strong moral character. Academically, homeschool students consistently test approximately 30 points higher on standardized test than their counterparts in public or private schools.
Research and statistics can be viewed at the National Home Education Research Institute website.
3. Contact your state organization, the Texas Home School Coalition (THSC):
Visit their website at www.thsc.org for more information about what they do for homeschoolers.
Call THSC to find out who your Regional Home School organization is. FEAST is your contact for the South Texas Region.
4. Contact your Regional Organization: The regional organizations, many times, are able to put you in touch with a local support group in your area or a local homeschooler who is willing to talk to you. FEAST keeps a list of local support groups in the South Texas area. FEAST also helps new homeschoolers get started every day in the San Antonio area with “New homeschool” orientations.
5. Contact a support group in your area: Support groups are, as their name implies, for support. When the going gets tough, when you feel like you are the only one with this problem, support groups show you that you are not alone and its members have probably gone down that road before.
6. Research & Purchase your curriculum: Back in the early days of homeschooling, curriculum choices were few. Now there is a tremendous variety of materials from which to choose. You need to find materials that will work best for you and your lifestyle. Each parent is different and each child is different. What works for one child may not work for another. The curriculum you use the first year you may not use the next year. The longer you homeschool, the more you will be able to see what works and what doesn’t with you and with your child. FEAST will provide assistance with choosing a curriculum as part of their “New homeschool” orientations. The curriculum advisors in the resource center have many samples of curriculum and catalogs on hand for you to look at and will help you order what you need directly from the publishers.
7. Withdrawal: If your child is enrolled in a public or private school now, you must withdraw your child from that school. To do so, please use the sample withdrawal letter included in your THSC Handbook for Texas Home Schoolers or call FEAST for instructions. You are responsible for your child’s education immediately upon withdrawal, therefore, we recommend that you not withdraw your child until after you have decided on your curriculum. If you do not live in Texas, you need to know your state laws as to notification and withdrawal procedures from traditional schools.