Legal Requirements

We offer this information about homeschooling for superintendents, legislators, and families. In Connecticut there are two things about homeschooling that need to be understood; the CT General Statute 10-184, in particular, and the Guidelines (Suggested Procedure for Home Instruction). The two sometimes cause confusion for people, and sometimes the Guidelines are mistaken for being law.

They are not law, nor do they carry the force of law. The Guidelines are part of the Suggested Procedure on Home Instruction in Connecticut. They *suggest* that homeschoolers *must* file a Notice of Intent (NOI) to homeschool, which is a point of confusion for some people. The fact is, the NOI is simply that; a guideline suggestion – a suggested procedure, that parents may want to file, or not, at their discretion. Please be sure to read and understand the law and Guidelines. If you need further assistance, contact CHN; they can help you or direct you accordingly.

We suggest that you watch the very brief video at the bottom of this page, about equivalent instruction, what that means, and why you need to know.

What Do You “Have to Do” to Homeschool In CT?

CT homeschool advocates and parents have fought hard for many years to monitor occasional threats to homeschooling freedom. We have protected it and we know that CT has a fantastic model for home education. It works, and it works well. Other states that have had strict regulations have curtailed their homeschool oversight in recent years, because it has proven unnecessary.

We frequently hear about how easy it is to homeschool in CT and how we don’t have “do anything”. That’s true and false. We don’t have to do anything when it comes to filing paperwork with the government schools. We do not have to file a Notice of Intent nor do we have to do a Portfolio Review, though we may choose to do so. When parents casually say we don’t have to “do anything”, they are talking about how we have freedom from government oversight and no paperwork is required.

We have an inalienable right to the upbringing of our children as we see fit.

So, what DO you have to do in CT to homeschool? We must follow the law, which in CT General Statute Duties of Parents, states, “All parents shall instruct their child…” and it goes on to say which subjects we must instruct them in, “reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic and United States history and in citizenship, including a study of the town, state and federal governments.” When, where and how we do this is at our discretion as we determine how to instruct our children.
To see a copy of the statute, you can visit the CHN website or the CT CGA website: https://cthomeschoolnetwork.org/home-schooling/link-legal/ct-state-law-2/ or https://www.cga.ct.gov/2017/pub/chap_168.htm#sec_10-184

CT State Law
Link here

CT State Guidelines (includes a sample Notice of Intent form)
Link here

Legal FAQs
Link here

Letter of Withdrawal
For those who will be withdrawing a child from the school system in order to homeschool, we offer a sample Letter of Withdrawal to present to the school district.
Link here

What to do if the School District Confronts You
Link here

Where to Find Legal Advice in CT
There are a number of attorneys who have helped homeschoolers if needed. These are the main “go-to” organizations.
Link here

Legislative Process in Connecticut
We encourage you to learn more about the Legislative Process here in Connecticut.
Link here

Equivalent Instruction
interview with Attorney Deborah G. Stevenson, CHN’s legal counsel,
speaking on the subject of “equivalent instruction” in this 4:39 minute CHN YouTube video
Important information for all homeschoolers – as well as the public, school administration, the State Department of Education, etc.