In Ohio, parents interested in educating their children at home may do so by notifying their local school district superintendents and meeting the requirements of Ohio law to home school. If requirements are met, the district superintendent releases the student from required compulsory school attendance. This excuses the student and family from school attendance requirements in state law.

Parents or guardians who decide to home school their students are completely responsible for choosing the curriculum and course of study. They select the curriculum and educational materials and take responsibility for educating their children. There is no state financial assistance for families who choose this option.

Requirements to Home School

Parent/Guardian agrees to:
1.  Provide 900 hours of instruction per year;
2.  Notify the superintendent every year; and
3.  Provide an assessment of the student's work (
ORC 3301-34-04)

UPDATE 6/23/20:  Per Section 5 of recently enacted Ohio House Bill 164, school districts temporarily do not require the parent of a home-school student to submit an academic assessment report as a condition for continuing to provide home education to a student. Ohio HB 164 exempts parents from having to provide this documentation to the resident school district for the 2019-2020 school year. This exemption reflects the reality that assessments and portfolio reviews could not be completed in the spring of 2020 due to public health orders issued in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. School district superintendents should not require an academic assessment report from a parent to grant permission for the parent to continue home education in the 2020-2021 school year. As such, the “Academic Assessment” portion of the home education notification form need not be completed for the 2020-2021 school year.


Ohio Department of Education