How to Homeschool in Rhode Island

Rhode Island is full of historical and homeschooling resources that make it a great place for your family to homeschool. The homeschool statute for Rhode Island is very straightforward and easy, with few regulations and restrictions for you to follow. So if you have decided to begin homeschooling your family this article will list all the things you will need to do to begin. In this article you will find:
  • An overview of Rhode Island homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Rhode Island
  • 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)

Rhode Island Homeschool Laws

In order to begin homeschooling in Rhode Island you will need to gain approval from your local school committee. You must present a proposal to the committee that states that you will comply with the following:
  • Your instruction will be for at least 180 days
  • You will keep a record of attendance for your child
  • You will teach Reading, Writing, Geography, Mathmatics, English, Civics, Health, and Physical Education thoroughly and efficiently
Standardized Testing
While standardized testing is not required of homeschool families, your local school can require your child to take some form of evaluation as long as it has been discussed and approved with you.

Homeschool Groups in Rhode Island

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

Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers (RIGHT)
RIGHT is a Christian led homeschool support group for all homeschoolers in Rhode Island. RIGHT helps new homeschool families start homeschooling by giving advice, helping you understand the laws, assisting you in designing and organizing your child’s curriculum, and helping you put together your proposal. RIGHT is not just for new homeschool members though, with state and local events year-round there is something for all homeschool families.
This secular homeschool group is a community that provides support to homeschool families in the Southern New England area. They have a full calendar of events like field trips, picnics, play dates and support meeting for all members to attend. ENRICHri is a great place to meet other homeschool families and gain support from people who know what it is like to homeschool. They also provide a monthly newsletter to its member to keep you informed about events and any changes in legislature regarding homeschooling. If you are looking for a place that will give you the support you want and get you out of the house every now and then, look into ENRICHri.
Home Educators Network of Rhode Island
Home Educators Network of Rhode Island is perfect if you need support and encouragement but do not have the time to join a support group and meet every week. This group is an online, secular chat group where homeschool parents can discuss their concerns and provide support for one another. Some members will plan outings and field trips, but if you are just looking for support and advice you can find that here too. Home Educators Network of Rhode Island is also a great opportunity to help other homeschool families by providing the support and sharing your experiences. So whatever your needs are, if you want people to talk to that will understand what you are going through, this group could be perfect for you.
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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 Rhode Island

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