General Overview of the Homeschooling Laws in Hawaii
Children in Hawaii need to start their schooling during the school year in which they reach 5 years old on or before July 31. They carry on until the school year in which they reach 18 before January 1. It is possible for children to be legally homeschooled in this state, with Hawaii Rev. Stat. § 302A-1132(a) (5) covering this point in the state legislation.
Notification of Intent to Homeschool in Hawaii
It is important to notify local authorities of the intention of homeschooling a child. This can be done using Form 4140, which is available from the authorities in Hawaii. This form is used for any type of exception in which a child isn’t going to attend school, with the homeschooling option to be marked on the form in this situation. An alternative approach is to submit a letter to their local school principal. If done in this way, this letter has to contain the following details:
- Name of student
- Telephone number
- Grade level that corresponds to them
- It should be signed and dated by the parent
The authorities respond to this notice by acknowledging receipt of the form or letter, as appropriate. If the homeschooling program stops at some point, the local school principal has to be notified of this as well.
Qualifications Required to Homeschool in Hawaii
Parents in Hawaii do not need to be teachers or to have any other specific qualifications in order to homeschool their children.
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Anyone can choose to educate their child in this way, providing that they cover a good curriculum and keep adequate records.
Number of Days/Hours of Instruction Required for Homeschoolers in Hawaii
In Hawaii, there is no set amount of time that needs to be dedicated to receiving education at home either in a month or during the school year. Having said that, it is important to remember that there are assessment requirements that are designed to show the progress that the child is making.
An annual progress report needs to be sent to the local principal. In certain grades (3, 5, 8, and 10), they must submit an achievement test that proves the child’s grade-level performance according to their age. In all of the other grades, there are different options for the annual progress report. These include:
- A written evaluation by a teacher that is certified in Hawaii, or by the parent
- Progress on a nationally normed standardized test
- Results of a nationally normed standardized achievement test or the results of Hawaii’s Statewide Testing Program, if appropriate
What Subjects Need to be Covered in Home Education (and for how long) in Hawaii?
There is no set list of subjects that must be covered in Hawaii homeschooling. However, it is important for parents to ensure that their child covers a good range of subjects while they are being educated at home. The general guidelines mention a structured curriculum that has to take into account, the needs and interests of the child as well as the educational objectives.
The statute includes the likes of language, math, art, science, social studies, health, physical education, and health as being among the subjects that may be included in an elementary school education curriculum in Hawaii. In secondary school, this could include English, math, social studies, health, physical education, and science.
What are the Recordkeeping Requirements for Homeschoolers in Hawaii?
As is typical with homeschooling in many states, the child’s parents need to be very careful to keep the correct records of their child’s studying. This starts with the recording of a planned curriculum for the year ahead. Among the rest of the details that need to be carefully stored are the start and end dates of homeschooling, together with the number of hours of studying carried out each week.
Other details that need to be stored in standard bibliographical format include the subjects that have been covered, a list of the books and materials used, and confirmation of the method that has been used to prove that the subjects have been mastered by the student.
Is Part-time Enrollment Permitted in Hawaii?
The information included in Haw. Admin. R. § 8-12-13(d) states that the parent is responsible for the student’s “total educational program when homeschooling.” This means that part-time enrolment in a school isn’t currently permitted here. If a student who has been homeschooled plans to get a high school diploma from a public high school in Hawaii, then they need to attend it for 3 full years and reach the credit requirements stipulated for graduation.
Are Homeschoolers Permitted to Participate in Extracurricular Activities in Hawaii?
Any child who gets homeschooling in Hawaii is barred from taking part in extracurricular activities at the present time. This means that they can’t presently take part in school sports events or other activities.
To receive more information about the homeschooling laws in the State of Hawaii, you may want to visit the Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii website.