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Homeschooling in Louisiana

Homeschooling in Louisiana

There are two ways to homeschool in our state.  You must register annually (within 15 days of beginning) under the:

Home Study Program online or through a physical submission. This type requires state approval and families must submit one of the following:
a) A complete, but simple, outline of the subjects taught during the previous year;
b) A complete, but simple, list of books and materials that were used;
c) A statement from a 3rd party (e.g. relative, friend) observing the student’s progress;
d) Copies of a small sampling of the student’s work from the previous year. Please send only 1-2 pages per core subject area taught (i.e. Math, English, Social Studies, Science); and,
e) A report card and/or copies of standardized tests or verification that the child has taken a standardized examination and scored at or above the grade level or the child has progressed at a rate equal to one grade level for each year in home study program. Test options include, but not limited to: iLeap, Leap, EOC ACT, SAT, IOWA, CAT, or Stanford. 

The benefit to this type of registration includes eligibility for TOPS (11th and 12th grades) and participation in your local school activities at the discretion of the principal.


Non Public School submit a physical letter or email annually with your intent to homeschool.  One benefit to this manner is that it doesn't require additional documents to state; however, children under this program are not eligible for TOPS or participation in public school sports programs.

Visit the Dept. of Education website for details on their new online registration process.  There are advantages and disadvantages to both, so make the best decision for your family.   Withdraw your child from school if applicable.  

2. Define education and Determine your educational philosophy.

3. Keep good records.

4. Connect with a local support group.

5, Repeat annually.  

Additional Resources

Common Core State Standards Initiative
Grade level expectations
Online Assessments
LA Virtual Schools
Graduation Requirements

Deductions For School Tuition, Home School Educational Expenses, And Public School Educational Expenses Summary

Several colleges and universities offer Early Start Programs, which affords students the opportunity to earn high school credit and college credit simultaneously while remaining in the familiar environment of their high schools.  

University of Holy Cross

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