How to Homeschool in Kentucky

The decision to homeschool your child can be a difficult and sometimes stressful one. However, in the state known for its horses, homeschooling can be an easy and fun process. Kentucky has only a few laws regarding homeschooling, making the process much easier. This article summarizes those laws and provides links to resources to get you started. In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Kentucky homeschool laws,
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Kentucky, and
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started.
* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Kentucky Homeschool Laws

Before you start your homeschooling process, you should understand what Kentucky requires of all homeschools. You must do the following:
  • Have 175 days of 6 hour instruction each year,
  • Include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics, science, and civics in your curriculum,
  • Notify the superintendent of your local school board of your child's enrollment in homeschool via a Letter of Intent, and
  • Keep a record of your child's instruction and attendance.
Letter of Intent
The Kentucky Letter of Intent is a simple, formal letter that states that your child/children will be homeschooling. You must send this letter in order to begin homeschooling. If you want more information about the letter as well as a sample letter, click this link to download a PDF from the Kentucky Department of Education. (The sample letter is on the last page.)

The state of Kentucky also requires that you keep a record/portfolio of your child's instruction. This can include a teaching plan, sample work done by your child, tests, and a progress report. You should also track your child's attendance, all courses taken, and the grades received for each class.

Homeschool Groups in Kentucky

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Kentucky to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

Christian Home Educators of Kentucky (CHEK)
This statewide, Christian-based homeschool group provides useful resources and advice, including a newsletter and a blog that keeps members up to date on legislative issues of interest to homeschoolers as well as homeschooling events in the state.
Homeschool Parents Educate (HOPE)
HOPE serves eastern Kentucky, providing support and education to homeschool families. This homeschool group is a newly formed group that offers opportunities for homeschool children to meet and create lasting friendships. From field trips, play dates, and library activities, HOPE can be the perfect place for your family to meet other families, and for you to get the support you need when homeschooling your child.
Little Explorer’s Homeschooling Playgroup of NKY
This homeschooling group is based in northern Kentucky, serving mainly children from ages 3-9. While they do sometimes provided educational activities, their main focus is to provide a fun social experience for homeschooling kids. They understand the need for children to have social interaction with other children of similar age. Little Explorer’s holds events for children and parent to meet and socialize.
Teaching Homes in Northern Kentucky (THINK)
THINK offers monthly meetings for parents to share ideas and get help with homeschooling. They also hold science fairs, spelling bees, geography bees, and orientation for new homeschoolers. THINK also has a library open for homeschooling family to use in order to expand your child’s education.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Kentucky

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Kentucky. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Kentucky legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.