Missouri Homeschool State Laws

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LEGAL SUMMARY

Missouri Homeschool Law – “Title XI EDUCATION AND LIBRARIES, Chapter 167 Section 031:

167.031.  School attendance compulsory, who may be excused — nonattendance, penalty — home school, definition, requirements — school year defined — daily log, defense to prosecution — compulsory attendance age for the district defined. — 1.  Every parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control or custody of a child not enrolled in a public, private, parochial, parish school or full-time equivalent attendance in a combination of such schools and between the ages of seven years and the compulsory attendance age for the district is responsible for enrolling the child in a program of academic instruction which complies with subsection 2 of this section.  Any parent, guardian or other person who enrolls a child between the ages of five and seven years in a public school program of academic instruction shall cause such child to attend the academic program on a regular basis, according to this section.  Nonattendance by such child shall cause such parent, guardian or other responsible person to be in violation of the provisions of section 167.061, except as provided by this section. A parent, guardian or other person in this state having charge, control, or custody of a child between the ages of seven years of age and the compulsory attendance age for the district shall cause the child to attend regularly some public, private, parochial, parish, home school or a combination of such schools not less than the entire school term of the school which the child attends; except that: (1)  A child who, to the satisfaction of the superintendent of public schools of the district in which he resides, or if there is no superintendent then the chief school officer, is determined to be mentally or physically incapacitated may be excused from attendance at school for the full time required, or any part thereof;  (2)  A child between fourteen years of age and the compulsory attendance age for the district may be excused from attendance at school for the full time required, or any part thereof, by the superintendent of public schools of the district, or if there is none then by a court of competent jurisdiction, when legal employment has been obtained by the child and found to be desirable, and after the parents or guardian of the child have been advised of the pending action.”

Missouri law requires that a homeschool must be established for the primary purpose of offering private or religion-based education, enrolls pupils between the ages of seven years the compulsory attendance age for the district, of which no more than four are unrelated, and does not charge tuition, fees or payments for services provided.

Number of Classroom Hours Required – For years, Missouri public schools were required to be in session for a minimum of 174 days and 1,044 hours each year, but a new law eliminates the required number of minimum days focusing solely on the number of hours instead. The new law went into effect for the 2019-2020 school year.  Missouri schools must offer at least one thousand hours of instruction, at least six hundred of which must be in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science or academic courses that are related to the aforementioned subject area and consonant with the pupil’s age and ability.  At least four hundred of the six hundred hours shall occur at the regular home location.

Parental Responsibilities –

  1. No required registration for home school
  2. Although it is not legally required, it is STRONGLY recommended that families send the school their own withdrawal letter to avoid truancy. You are not required by law to sign the school’s letters of intent or notify the Recorder of Deeds.
  3. Parents do not have to notify the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education when withdrawing their child from public school.
  4. Teacher certification is not required.
  5. No legal requirement for testing or record keeping

 

HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

NOTE:  The following suggestions meet or exceed minimum graduation requirements for the State of Missouri. 

SUBJECT AREA

# OF CREDITS

English Language Arts

4

Mathematics

3

Social Studies

3

Science

3

Fine Arts

1

Physical Education

1

Practical Arts

1

Health

0.50

Personal Finance

0.50

Electives

7

TOTAL REQUIREMENTS:

24

Missouri Homeschool State Laws Links:

Missouri Colleges:

Updated December 2019


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COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the ever-changing landscape of education, we are monitoring potential changes to homeschool requirements and will be updating our state pages within the next few months.  

 

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