Home Study

Families considering home study due to COVID-19 may wish to contact their child’s principal or district superintendent to ask about the school’s plans for hybrid learning in the 2020-2021 school year and their specific concerns and options, before completing the home study enrollment materials.

Families may enroll for the 2020-2021 school year anytime between now and May 1, 2021 on a rolling basis. August 1 is the deadline for returning home school families who potentially might be eligible for an exemption from the Minimum Course of Study requirement on the third consecutive year of enrollment.

Please note that families enrolled in home study are not eligible for free or reduced-price meals through the school lunch program.

In accordance with the State Board of Education, AOE accountability goals, and Vermont law, the home study program works to ensure that all students enrolled in home study programs have access to a quality education. 

Guidelines for Home Study in Vermont contains information necessary to prepare and submit an enrollment notice for homeschooling. Excerpts from relevant statutes and rules are also provided.

Home Study Timeline

August 01 – Submission deadline to qualify for the MCOS exemption.   

Rolling enrollments are accepted as long as the student is enrolled elsewhere (public school/ independent school) until you have received an official Home Study enrollment complete letter.

*Please note that not all students enrolling will need all forms. Below are your enrollment and forms submission options. 

Enrollments can take up to 14 business days to process once received. Submission of an enrollment packet does not mean that the student is 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.

Enroll Online via Cognito Forms

The Agency of Education offers Cognito Forms as a secure online method to create and submit Home Study forms. You may save and resume your work as long as your record the save link provided within Cognito. Otherwise upon submission the Agency receives a copy of your forms, and you will receive a pdf copy of your submission within the confirmation email. Please be sure to check your SPAM/Junk folder for the confirmation email. Emails will go to the email addresses listed on the form.

​Full Enrollment Packet via Cognito

Individual Forms via Cognito

Printable Forms for Paper Submissions

Families who choose not to submit electronically via Cognito Forms have the option to print and complete the applicable forms listed below to enroll in the Vermont Home Study Program. Please note we are no longer able to offer pdf fillable forms due to a licensing restriction.

Don’t have access to print the required forms, and don’t feel comfortable submitting them electronically? Please contact the Home Study office for other options​.

Home Study Resources

Please read the Home Study guidelines for information necessary to prepare and submit an enrollment notice for homeschooling. 

Guidance on End of Year Assessment (EOYA)

Guidance on Minimum Course of Study (MCOS)

Samples of the Minimum Course of Study (MCOS)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Memorandum Archives

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.

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.

If you have questions please contact the Home Study Team

Email the Home Study Team, or call (802) 828-6225 

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Vermont Agency of Education
Secretary Daniel M. French
1 National Life Drive, Davis 5
Montpelier, VT 05620-2501

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