North Carolina Homeschool


Parents/guardians residing in North Carolina and desiring, in lieu of conventional school attendance, to home school their school-age children must:

  • Hold at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  • Send to DNPE a Notice of Intent to Operate a Home School. The notice must include the name and address of the school along with the name of the school’s owner and chief administrator

Send your Notice of Intent a month in advance of your home school’s initial opening date. If any of your children will turn age 7 before this coming June 1, please send your Notice of Intent at least 30 days before the child’s 7th birthday. One Notice of Intent per school, please — not per student.

  1. No Notices of Intent are accepted in May and June. If your home school will operate only during the summer months, DO NOT send a Notice of Intent to DNPE.
  2. Only ONE school: Each household may have only ONE Notice of Intent on file (or one open home school). You do not need to renew the Notice of Intent every year – operation continues until the school is officially closed.

*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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