Skip to main content
Latest Results:

There are just about as many ways to homeschool in California as there are homeschooling families. In addition, there are many legal options to choose from if you make the decision to homeschool in California. From private school curriculum taught from home, to online classes, the possibilities of homeschooling in California truly are nearly endless. With so many different types of homeschooling options and so many legal stipulations surrounding the subject of homeschooling in California, it is essential that you properly educate yourself on the matter at hand prior to making a finite decision. Read on for a review of some of the most common frequently asked questions on the topic.

Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling in California


  • What are the options for homeschooling in California?

The basic options to get parents started for legally homeschooling their children.

  1. Enroll in a private school satellite
  2. File an affidavit for functioning as a private school
  3. Get instruction through a certified tutor
  4. Enroll into an independent study program
  5. Join a charter school homeschool program
  6. Join a public school Independent Study Program
  • Are teaching credentials required?

No. The law clearing states only that the teacher of the program only must be “capable of teaching.”

  • How do I find out what programs are available to me?

Call your county office of education for information on available programs.

  • How do I establish a home private school?

-Maintain attendance records (showing the days and times the school is in session)

-Establish a list of courses offered (follow education code)

-Keep a list of faculty (self or spouse) and their qualifications

-Tuberculosis certificate

-Review requirements for filing for the private school affidavit

  • When is the affidavit filed?

The affidavit is to be filed every year between October 1 and October 15.