General Overview of the Homeschooling Laws in Utah
In Utah, children must be enrolled in school (or be homeschooled) from the ages of 6 to 18. If a child has not yet turned 18 but is at least 16 and has completed the 8th grade, then they can be released from school to attend a trade school. You can also apply for your child to be released from school when they are 16 if they have the necessary credits to graduate.
In Utah, everyone has the right to homeschool their child. The main thing which you need to do is to submit a notarized affidavit to your local school officials to notify them of your intent to homeschool. Recently, new legislation was passed so that parents did not have to submit a further affidavit every year. Once you submit one, it is considered that you will homeschool until you provide notice that you will not anymore.
Learn more about homeschooling laws in Utah in this short video below:
There is no required curriculum in the state of Utah, nor is there a need to keep attendance records, other records, or perform any testing.
Notification of Intent to Homeschool in Utah
When you are filing your notice of intent, you need to submit an affidavit. You can find a template online from the Utah government website, or you can create one yourself. The notice is basically a letter indicating that your child is going to be homeschooled. You should include the name of the child, but you are not required to submit any other information.
If you are using a template, then there may be a request to enter information in that document. This could include reasons for homeschooling and the type of curriculum you are going to use. You legally do not need to give this information.
Once you have created your affidavit, you should have it notarized. Sign the affidavit before the notary and then take the affidavit to your local school district (or send it)
Qualifications Required to Homeschool in Utah
In Utah, there are no legal requirements when it comes to teaching your own child. You do not need any formal qualifications other than being the legal parent or guardian of the child.
Number of Days/Hours of Instruction Required for Homeschoolers in Utah
There is no required teaching time for homeschooling in Utah. You do not need to commit to a certain number of hours per day or days per year. It is a good idea to form a learning plan, but this is not required.
What Subjects Need to be Covered in Home Education (and for how long) in Utah?
In Utah, there are no laws regarding the subjects which you need to teach your homeschooled child, but we recommend creating a learning plan which is in line with what is being taught in the classroom. How you teach these subjects is entirely up to you.
To stay in line with most other states in the country, it is recommended that you touch on spelling, writing, English, language arts, geography, math, science, social studies, physical education, health education, and art. There are no laws stating how often these should be taught or at what grade level but it is recommended that you try to keep the lessons grade-specific.
What are the Recordkeeping Requirements for Homeschoolers in Utah?
Utah law does not dictate what you teach your child and how you teach them. There are no laws surrounding how you assess your child or what records need to be kept. However, we recommend that you keep records of everything your child does or is involved in so that you can track their progress or any disputes.
Things to include in your records include proof of attendance, information on the resources you are using (including workbooks, textbooks, online resources, etc.), samples of your child’s work, any correspondence with school officials or boards, portfolios and test results, and any other homeschooling documents which prove that you are complying with homeschooling law and regulations.
We recommend keeping your records for two years, and the best way to store them is by scanning them into your computer and storing them in separate folders, grouped by the year your child was homeschooled.
Testing is an important part of recordkeeping in homeschooling even though there are no formalized requirements in the state of Utah detailing what your child should be learning. You should be able to demonstrate that your child is learning and your assessments should be agreed upon before you start your homeschooling year. You should keep a record of all your child’s assessments to demonstrate that your child is learning.
Is Part-time Enrollment Permitted in Utah?
Yes. Under Utah education law, your child can be partially enrolled in public school. This means that your child can take regular school classes as part of their homeschooling education and can split their time between home and school (as long as the school offers this).
Homeschoolers are also eligible to participate in extracurricular activities in public schools. Any homeschoolers who live with a disability are also eligible for services through their local public school (the same services Which Students With Disabilities Would Receive If They Were Enrolled In Public School).
Are Homeschoolers Permitted to Participate in Extracurricular Activities in Utah?
Yes, and it is encouraged. Homeschool children are permitted to participate in any other extracurricular activities, whether it be with a public school or another organization. You should submit any extracurricular activities as part of your notice of intent every year.
To receive more information about the homeschooling laws in the State of Utah, you may want to visit the Utah Christian Homeschool Association website.