Utah Christian Home School Association

Raising up the Next Generation

Getting Started

As you prepare to begin home schooling in Utah, there seems to be an overwhelming list of things that need to be done: choosing curriculum, finding a support group, and joining UTCH and HSLDA. What should you do first and why? What do you need to do to satisfy Utah's Compulsory Attendance law?

Utah home educators have two ways to comply with the education law:

Option 1: On an annual basis prepare and file a signed affidavit with your local school district stating that your child will be homeschooled and receive instruction as required by Utah State law.

Option 2: Enroll in a "regularly established private school."

Thousands of families in Utah are successfully home schooling their children. Each family is unique, requiring different schedules, curriculum, and teaching styles. However, these basic steps for beginning to home school in Utah will assist everyone.

Some steps can take several weeks or more. Allow yourself plenty of time, if you can, before your child is required by law to be in school. The Utah compulsory attendance law requires that children attend school while they are between the ages of 6 and 18.

The following gives more detailed information concerning the two options.  These are suggested courses to follow to help you transition smoothly into homeschooling your children.

Option 1: On an annual basis prepare and file a signed affidavit with your local school district stating that your child will be homeschooled and receive instruction as required by Utah State law.

A. Investigate and consider membership in UTCH.

This is the first step because:

  • Families will be informed regarding new legislative action which may affect them.
  • Families will be informed as new materials are made available to home educators.
  • UTCH support group leaders can assist with choosing curriculum.
  • UTCH members benefit from access to the UTCH Resource Library. In the library are many books, audio tapes and videos which can also assist with choosing curriculum.
  • UTCH members benefit from a 15% discount on HSLDA membership.

B. Investigate and choose curriculum.

This is second because:

The HSLDA application requests a list of curriculum used.

C. Investigate and consider membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

  • HSLDA will defend member families whose right to home school is challenged.
  • HSLDA provides the homeshool community with updates and commentary on legal happenings in homeschooling across the world.
  • HSLDA advocates for parental rights, especially in homeschooling.

D. Prepare and file a signed affidavit with your local school district stating that your child will be homeschooled and receive instruction as required by Utah State law

1. Each minor who attends a home school shall receive instruction:

  • in the subjects the State Board of Education requires to be taught in public schools in accordance with the law;
  • for the same length of time as minors are required by law to receive instruction in public schools

2. A parent of a minor who attends a home school is solely responsible for:

  • the selection of instructional materials and textbooks;
  • the time, place, and method of instruction
  • evaluation of the home school instruction.

3. A local school board may not:

  • require a parent of a minor who attends a home school to maintain records of instruction or attendance;
  • require credentials for individuals providing home school instruction;
  • inspect home school facilities; or
  • require standardized or other testing of homeschool students.

E. Stay informed regarding the news and trends affecting home education.

  • Participate in a local Support Group.
  • Subscribe to a home school magazine or two.
  • Continued contact with the home school community will help families understand the current laws and how to comply with them.
  • Attend conventions and curriculum fairs.

Option 2: Enroll in a "regularly established private school."

A. Investigate and consider membership in UTCH.

This is the first step because:

  • UTCH members benefit from a private school umbrella option UCEI which negates the necessity to contact your local public school district.
  • UTCH support group leaders can assist with choosing curriculum.
  • UTCH members benefit from access to the UTCH Resource Library.  In the library are many books, audio tapes and videos which can also assist with choosing curriculum.
  • UTCH members benefit from a 15% discount on HSLDA membership.

B. Investigate and choose curriculum.

This is second because:

  • Upon enrollment in UTCH's private umbrella school UCEI , curriculum and academic goals are required for enrollment.
  • The HSLDA application requests a list of curriculum used.

C. Investigate and consider membership in the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

  • HSLDA membership is one requirement for enrollment in UCEI.
  • HSLDA will defend member families whose right to home school is challenged.

D. Enroll in a regularly established private school.

  • The Utah Christian Educational Institute (UCEI) is available to UTCH members state wide.

E. Stay informed regarding the news and trends affecting home education.

  • Attend conventions and curriculum fairs.
  • Participate in a local Support Group.
  • Subscribe to a home school magazine or two.
  • Continued contact with the home school community will help families understand the current laws and how to comply with them.
  • Families will be informed regarding new legislative action which may affect them.
  • Families will be informed as new materials are made available to home educators.

This information is not intended to be, nor does it constitute, legal advice. UTCH recommends that families needing legal counsel regarding home schooling contact the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).

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PO Box 3942

Salt Lake City, Utah 84110-3942

801-432-0016 (voice mail)

 

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