Massachusetts Homeschooling Law

Homeschooling guidelines and reporting are based on two major decisions in the Commonwealth (The Charles Decision and the Brunelle Decision) and the Massachusetts Supreme Court rulings.

Quick Overview of requirements

Prior Approval

Although you have the right to homeschool, Massachusetts is an approval state. What this means is that the public school district where you live must have a process to approve your submitted education plan before you officially remove your child from school.

Compulsary Attendance and Minimum and Maximum Ages for Reporting

Massachusetts requires a minimum of 180 days and 900 hours of instruction. These days and hours for homeschoolers do not have to match the public school day or year. Many homeschoolers cover the number of required days and hours in a variety of creative ways.

Massachusetts' compulsory education laws require homeschoolers to submit an education plan for children in the calendar year that they will turn six and through the year they turn 16.

Four things that school officials can (not must) ask homeschooling parents to provide according to the Charles Decision:

For more detailed information, click on the links above or review the Ten Points or visit our Public Documents page or the Ed Plan Template .