How to Homeschool in New Jersey

If you are ready to begin homeschooling in the state of New Jersey, you are in the right place. While New Jersey homeschool law is not particularly restrictive, it is important for you to understand the responsibilities for you and your local school board, and this article is here to help. In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of New Jersey homeschool laws,
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in New Jersey, 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)

New Jersey Homeschool Laws

In general, New Jersey law does not require you to inform your local school of your decision to homeschool. The only time you must inform the school is if you choose to remove your child from his or her high school program. In this case you will fill out a transfer form detailing your intention to instruct at home. You, as your child's teacher, do not have to have a teaching certificate, maintain records, or send any reports to your local school district. However, it is advised that you maintain records and a small portfolio of your student's work in case you do choose to re-enroll in public or private school, .

In addition, your child does not have to submit to standardized testing. In general, your local school board is not required to become involved in your child's education in any way. Should you desire the support of your school board, it is required to provide information on curriculum but also may provide other supports. Be sure to contact your school board to learn about other potential opportunities for involvement in extracurricular activities, state testing, and textbook loans.

Homeschool Groups in New Jersey

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

Education Network of Christian Home Schoolers (ENOCH) of NJ
This Christian group provides several resources on its website along with an annual conference. They also have a network of support groups throughout several counties.
NJ Homeschool Hangout
This diverse, secular group organizes a wide variety of socialization and enrichment opportunities for your child. Events are primarily held in Northern New Jersey but range throughout the state and into New York and Pennsylvania.
NJ Homeschool Sports Association
This group provides the opportunity for homeschooled students to participate in a wide variety of organized sports including field hockey, basketball, baseball, soccer, softball, and track events.
North Jersey Home Schoolers Association
This Christian organization provides homeschooling resources, local support groups, and enrichment opportunities and events for families in northern New Jersey.
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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 New Jersey

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of New Jersey. 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 New Jersey 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.