Homeschool Regulations

If you are looking to file the paperwork for homeschooling please check out that page. Here is the regulations for New York. But I’m going to break them down in a nutshell

Grades 1- 6

For the year your child must 180 days equivalent of attendance and 900 hours accumulative. The subjects that must be taught are

  • arithmetic
  • reading
  • spelling
  • writing
  • the English language
  • geography
  • United States history
    • New York History
    • Consitution
    • Patriotism and citizenship
  • science
  • health education
    • alcohol, drug and tobaco misuse
  • music
  • visual arts
  • physical education
  • bilingual education and/or English as a second language where the need is indicated. (this is optional)
  • Highway and Traffic Safety
  • Fire Safety and Prevention

Grades 7 & 8

The units are cumulative requirements for both grades seven and eight.

  • English (two units)
  • history and geography (two units)
  • science (two units)
  • mathematics (two units)
  • physical education (on a regular basis)
  • health education (on a regular basis)
    • alcohol, drug and tobacco misuse
  • art (one-half unit)
  • music (one-half unit)
  • practical arts (on a regular basis)
  • library skills (on a regular basis)
  • Highway and Traffic Safety
  • Fire Safety and Prevention

Grades 9- 12

The units required herein are cumulative requirements for grades nine through twelve.

  • English (four units)
  • social studies (four units)
    • one unit of American history
    • one-half unit in participation in government
    • one-half unit economics
  • mathematics (two units)
  • science (two units)
  • art and/or music (one unit)
  • health education (one-half unit)
    • alcohol, drug and tobacco misuse
  • physical education (two units)
  • three units of electives.
  • Highway and Traffic Safety
  • Fire Safety and Prevention

Testing and Assessments

Grades 1-3

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Grades 4- 8

Every other year you will use a standardize test with a narrative in the years between. For example 4.6.8 would be testing and 5 and 7 as narrative or 5 and 7 as testing and 4,6,8 as narrative.

Test must show that the child is above the 33rd percentile or progress within the last year.

Following Tests are accepted:

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • the California Achievement Test
  • the Stanford Achievement Test
  • the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills
  • the Metropolitan Achievement Test
  • a State Education Department Test
  • the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS) test

Grades 9-12

Testing will be every year from the following list. Your child must still maintain above the

  • Iowa Test of Basic Skills
  • the California Achievement Test
  • the Stanford Achievement Test
  • the Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills
  • the Metropolitan Achievement Test
  • a State Education Department Test
  • the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS) test
  • Regents

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