Home Study

  In accordance with State Board, agency accountability goals and pertinent sections of Vermont statutes (16 V.S.A.) regarding home study, this program works to ensure that all students enrolled in home study programs have access to a quality education. When required, the program provides technical assistance to improve the quality of a home study program.

As of March 1, 2014, we began accepting home study enrollment notices for the 2014-2015 school year. Please see memo above for more specific information about the enrollment process.

Note: Enrollment notices for the school year 2014-2015 are not effective until the later of July 2, 2014 or when the enrollment notice is complete. All 2014-2015 home study enrollment notices expire July 1, 2014.


Guidelines for Home Study in Vermont (Revised May 2013)
This document contains information and forms necessary to prepare and submit an enrollment notice for homeschooling. Extracts from relevant statutes and rules are also provided. NOTE: Forms designed to be downloaded to your hard drive and completed with your word processing application are available below.

  • Parents' Rights in Special Education (Procedural Safeguards Notice)
    Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and Vermont Agency of Education's Special Education rules, parents have specific rights concerning their participation in the special education process. This booklet is designed to inform parents of those rights and provide a list of available resources. NOTE: As of June 14, 2010, this document also contains a list of available resources that parents and families may access to support students who receive special education supports and services.
    • Available Translations
      This document is available in the following languages: Bosnian, Nepali, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Somali, Spanish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish and Vietnamese. Translations in Arabic, French and Swahili will be available in the near future. Contact Alicia Hanrahan at (802) 479-1206 or alicia.hanrahan@state.vt.us.

  • Integration of Home Study Students into the Public Schools (Act 119 of 1998)
    The Home Study Office receives many questions from public schools throughout the year about a variety of Act 119 issues. We thought it might be helpful if we review Act 119 of 1998 and address a few of the most common questions. Act 119 of 1998 provides for the participation of homeschoolers in public schools by requiring that every school board "adopt a policy which, in accordance with rules adopted by the state board of education, will integrate home study students into its schools through enrollment in courses, participation in co-curricular and extracurricular activities and use of facilities." See 16 V.S.A. ยง563(24).

Vermont Licensed Teacher End-of-Year Assessments
Given the passage of Act 107 of 2006 which decreases the need for an up-front minimum course of study, the goal of agency home study staff is to increase consistency in end-of-year assessments. A letter may be prepared by a licensed Vermont teacher in a form provided by the Agency of Education or a teacher may write a letter which contains the same information as requested on the form. The instructions for preparing the Vermont licensed teacher letter assessment, the Vermont licensed teacher letter expectations, and the Vermont licensed teacher letter assessment form, will help to ensure that the same information is conveyed in the same manner for all students who choose to use a teacher report as their method of year-end assessment. Download from among the following options:

  Vermont Home Study Resource Guide
This document contains names and addresses for a wide variety of interesting resources. Also, to guide you in completion of the enrollment notice, this document also includes many examples of detailed outlines or narratives describing the content to be provided in each subject area of the minimum course of study.

Suggested Topics & Skills for Language Arts, Mathematics, Science & Social Studies
These Home Study publications provide a variety of suggestions, organized by grade, of skills and topics which other homeschoolers have used in their minimum courses of study. Use the link above to download the entire packet (K-12) or download individual grade ranges using the links below.

Looking for More Information?

Please contact Pat Donahue at pat.donahue@state.vt.us or (802) 479-1420.

Page Last Updated on April 9, 2014