Every family in Vermont has the right to educate their own children. All students in Vermont must be enrolled at an approved public or independent school or enroll in a home study program.
Home Study and Home Schooling mean the same thing; the family is responsible for educating the students. Families must develop their own curriculum, or purchase a curriculum to implement or they can enroll their students in an online program/academy. The family will determine which best meets their needs.
The Agency of Education’s Home Study Team functions as a processor of home study programs – not a school. There are some minimum standards that the State of Vermont has determined all Home Study Programs must meet, and we are responsible for ensuring that all programs are in compliance with the requirements in 16 VSA §166b. By enrolling in a Home Study Program, families choose not to access a publicly funded education. There is no money available to pay for a Home Study Program at either the State level or the local level.
Students enrolled in home study do not receive grades or diplomas from the State. We maintain records documenting that students satisfactorily meet all necessary standards, and confirm with school districts all who are enrolled with us so they can accurately enforce truancy laws.
Home Study Updates
On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, Governor Scott signed H-0461. Within this bill is language that updates the current Home Study program rules in 16 V.S.A. 166b. The changes in this bill are significant as the process for enrolling in home study is being simplified beginning on July 1, 2023. Please refer to the following changes and suggestions regarding students who enroll in home study programs.
Enrollment/Notice of Intent forms must be submitted annually to AOE at least 10 business days prior to the intended start date of home study enrollment.
Within 10 business days of receipt of a complete enrollment/Notice of Intent form, AOE will provide parents/guardians with written acknowledgement of their intent to enroll. This shall constitute verification of enrollment.
Parents/Guardians must notify AOE in writing within 10 business days of withdrawing their student from Home Study
Families must attest on enrollment/Notice of Intent forms to developing a Minimum Course of Study (MCOS/curriculum) and
Families are no longer required to submit an MCOS to AOE.
Families must attest on enrollment/Notice of Intent forms they are tracking their student’s progress and must maintain documentation of that progress using some form of assessment
Families are no longer required to submit an End of Year Assessment to AOE.
Families must attest that their student will be provided the equivalent of 175 day of instruction per year.
Finally, families also must attest that their student, if they have a disability, will be provided with adaptations.
Families are no longer required to submit adaptations to AOE.
All AOE Home Study hearing procedures have been removed.
After July 1, 2023, families will need to:
Complete and sign the Notice of Intent
Consider developing a Minimum Course of Study (MCOS)
This is the curriculum that you will implement for the equivalent of 175 days
Keep a copy for your records
Do not send a copy to the Agency of Education
Assess each student at the end of the school year
Keep a copy for your records
Do not send a copy to the Agency of Education unless you want it to be reviewed
First Time Enrollments must also submit either:
A document stating that the student was enrolled in a VT public school (like a report card or attendance report) OR
A copy of Independent Professional Evidence Form or other accepted alternative (i.e. a copy of an IEP or 504 plan) that identifies if the student has a documented disability.
The Agency of Education offers a secure online method to create and submit Home Study forms. You may save and resume your work as long as you save the link provided. Upon submission, the Agency receives a copy of your forms and you will receive a pdf copy of your submission within a confirmation email. Please be sure to check your SPAM/Junk folder for the confirmation email. The confirmation email will go to the email addresses listed on the form.
You may also print the paper forms to fill out and then scan and email, fax to (802) 828-6433, or mail them to: Home Study Office, 1 National Life Drive, Davis 5, Montpelier, VT 05602-2501.
Home Study Enrollment Forms
- Notice of Intent Form (online)
- For re-enrolling students, this will be the only form required.
- The Independent Professional Evidence Form (paper version) (or accepted alternative, such as a public school report card) must be attached for First-Time Enrollments.
- Notice of Intent Form (paper version)
- Independent Professional Evidence (online)
March 01 – Enrollments open for the following school year
May 01 – Enrollments close for current school year
10 Business Days prior to the start of school in your town – Families must submit their Notice of Intent to the Home Study Office.
10 Days prior to ending a Home Study Program (returning to public or independent school) – Families must notify the Home Office of their intent to withdraw in writing.
Students must remain in the public/independent school until you have received an official Home Study enrollment complete letter.
Enrollments can take up to 10 business days to process once received. Submission of a Notice of Intent not mean that the student has been enrolled in a home study program. When students are officially enrolled in a home study program, families will receive an enrollment complete letter from the Home Study Office, and may withdraw their students from school and begin home study.
Students with disabilities may be enrolled in a Home Study Program. Families should be aware that by enrolling in a Home Study Program:
Students are not entitled to and may not receive any special education supports and services through the school.
Families are required to provide their student with Adaptations to support their student’s education. Please see this Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for more information, and see the sample Adaptations below.
Parents' Rights in Special Education
Under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and the Agency of Education's Special Education rules, parents have specific rights concerning their participation in the special education process. The Parents' Rights in Special Education (Procedural Safeguards Notice) booklet is designed to inform parents of those rights and provide a list of available resources.
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Resources on End of Year Assessment (EOYA)
- EOYA Guidance Page
- Template for Parent Report and Student Portfolio in PowerPoint
- Template for Parent Report and Student Portfolio in Word
- Teacher End of the Year Assessment
- End of the Year Assessment/Teacher Expectations
- Chart of Accepted Standardized Tests
Resources on the Minimum Course of Study (MCOS)
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Each week, every supervisory union/school district (SU/SD) receives an enrollment report which lists the names of students who are currently enrolled or whose enrollment is pending. Authorized personnel are issued a secure link to a Sharepoint Folder which contains the weekly reports. It is the responsibility of the SU/SD to divide and distribute this information directly to the schools to ensure all students within their district are accounted for.
The Home Study office is happy to collaborate with the public schools to make sure that our lists are accurate. Please direct all questions and concerns to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Home study students are permitted to enroll at their local school for up to 2 of the 5 main courses (Math, Science, Reading and Writing, History/Civics/Government, and Literature), as well as electives, athletics, and extra-curricular activities, as space permits. Parents must collaborate with their local school to arrange enrollment and scheduling.
Please also see these informational FAQs and Memos:
If you have questions please contact the Home Study Team.
Email the Home Study Team at email@example.com, or call (802) 828-6225.