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How to Homeschool in Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes homeschooling. With over 300,000 homeschoolers, Texas is one of the most homeschool-friendly states in the whole country. If you are thinking about joining them, you have come to the right place. In this article you will find the following:
  • Overview of Texas homeschool laws
  • Introduction to homeschool groups in Texas
  • 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)

Texas Homeschool Laws

In Texas, you do NOT need to
  • notify the school district,
  • have your curriculum approved, or
  • submit to standardized testing.
You just have to get started!

If the school district contacts you regarding your child's school attendance, you just need to provide them with a statement of assurance that you are homeschooling. If you need help completing a letter of assurance, these links may be useful:

Ongoing Requirements

Once you have withdrawn from the public school system, there are few requirements for homeschooling your child. No state exams. No official home visits. No submitting your curriculum for review. The only requirement is that you use a written curriculum that covers the following topics:
  • reading
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • math
  • good citizenship

Homeschool Groups in Texas

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

Family Educators' Alliance of South Texas (FEAST)
FEAST, a regional group focused on Southern Texas, brings you the best of public school through community events, book swaps, conventions, and curriculum fairs, while still leaving you the freedom and independence of the homeschool environment. Check out their website for more information on events, helpful starting points for teaching, and even a summer reading program.
North Texas Home Educators' Network (NTHEN)
Serving more than 60 counties throughout north and northeast Texas, NTHEN provides you will helpful tools, seminars, training, and conventions to make your homeschool the best it can be.
Greater Houstan Area Home Educators
This regional group provides you with events, activities, competitions, and more to make your child's homeschool experience as full and enriching as possible. Be sure to check out their full calendar of events for field trips and even regional spelling bees.
Texas Home School Coalition (THSC)
THSC works hard to make your job easy. They work specifically with Texas families to help connect you with legal aid, curriculums, support groups, and opportunities for your student.
Texas Home Educators
We are a statewide homeschool service organization serving the Texas homeschool community.
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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 Texas

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

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.