Illinois Homeschool

The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1 et seq.) states that children between the ages
of 7 and 17 must attend public school; however, an exception is made for “…..any child attending a private or parochial school where children are taught the branches of education taught to children of corresponding age and grade in the public schools, and where the instruction of the child in the branches of education is in the English
language.” Based on this law, the Illinois Supreme Court held in 1950 that the phrase “private school” included home-schooling if the teacher (either the parent her or himself or a private tutor) were competent, the required subjects were taught, and the student received an education at least equivalent to public schooling. (People v. Levisen, 404 Ill. 574 (1950)).

Registration: No. In Illinois, registration of home-schooled students is not required. Parents may choose to notify their regional superintendent of education and/or the State Board of their intention to home-school. Here is a link to the one-page form: http://www.isbe.net/Documents/87-02_hs_reg.pdf

Testing: There is no requirement that students in a home school be tested. If parents choose to administer tests to their children to assess their progress, they are not required to submit the results to any school official.

*This information was not compiled by a lawyer. This should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under.

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