Homeschooling: What you need to know in Alabama

According to Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA), Alabama is a moderately easy state to homeschool in. Basically, all that you are required to do is join a church/cover school when your child turns six. That cover school then reports to your local superintendent that your child is enrolled in their school and you’re good for that school year.


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So, how do you choose a cover school? Personally, I prefer an inexpensive cover school with limited regulations. I chose New Hope Academy for these reasons. There’s a cover school in my small town, but they want $200, to approve your curriculum, and a detailed spreadsheet on how many times your child went to the bathroom. Okay, that last part is an exaggeration, but the list is still extensive. My children are my own and I am responsible for them in every aspect of their lives until they turn 18. I don’t need to pay someone to be in our business 24/7, that’s ridiculous to me. If you like structure then maybe it would be okay for you, I don’t know. That’s for you and your family to decide.


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If you don’t want to do a cover school then you can simply do public school at home. It’s not homeschooling, it’s just public school without 30 other kids influencing your child. You still have the same curriculum and such as the schools and often it’s free. Do your own research to see if it’s a good fit for your family. You can do that here.

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If you have any questions please email me, I am always happy to help! You can also comment below and I will assist you from there. Thank you for reading!

Author: Dawn Mc

I'm a wife, mom, and so much more. I enjoy remodeling, decorating, genealogy, reading, and knitting. My husband and I have three children and many pets. We live in rural Alabama.

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