Guam’s Department of Education bases its compulsory public education regulation on Section 6109 of the Guam Code, Annotated: “Children not attending a private full-time school and who are being instructed in study and recitation for at least three (3) hours a day for one hundred seventy (170) days each calendar year by a private tutor or other person, in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools of this Territory and in the English language, shall be exempted from attending public school.”
Parents wishing to homeschool their children in Guam are not required to report to a school district or to any local government office. Homeschooling in Guam falls under the “private tutoring policy” that requires instruction in the subjects typically taught in public schools. In order to begin homeschooling in Guam, parents should inform their local school that they will be homeschooling their child and will be withdrawing the child from public school. The best way for a parent to proceed is to first become familiar with the Guam Law regarding homeschooling and use it as a planning guide. Parents conducting home school education in Guam are not required to be licensed or certified teachers or possess any type of educational certification or training. Standardized testing of homeschooled students in not required.
The Guam Department of Education has no regulatory authority over students not attending public schools. Therefore, homeschool students are not entitled to receive any services provided by the Department to public school students. Homeschool students are not granted credits that can be used to receive a high school diploma.
Guam Homeschool Laws Links:
- Online Private School Accredited in Guam
- 33d Guam Legislature (pp. 61)
- Department of Education/Government of Guam
- Guam Home School Association
- Stars & Stripes/Homeschooling Your Kids on Guam
- The Guam Guide/Homeschooling Your Kids on Guam
- Homeschool Support Groups in Guam
NOTE: HomeschoolFacts does not endorse any of the links or organizations listed above. All of the information provided is intended for research purposes only and is not given as legal advice. REMEMBER: The most important thing you can do to prepare for homeschooling your child is to become familiar with your state’s laws about homeschooling.