How to Homeschool in Vermont

Have you decided to start homeschooling your family, or are you considering the option of educating your child from home? Well Vermont is a great place to homeschool. The state of Vermont has easy homeschool laws to follow and several great homeschool support groups to help you along the way.
In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Vermont homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Vermont
  • 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)

Vermont Homeschool Laws

In the state of Vermont your child does not have to attend a public school if they are attending a “home study program” or homeschool. In order to homeschool your child, though, you will need to comply with a few rules.
  • Your instruction must be for the same amount of days as a Vermont public school
  • Your instruction will include
  • You must send a written enrollment notice to the Secretary
  • A progress assessment for your child must be submitted each year
Enrollment Notice
Each year before March 1st, an enrolment notice must be sent in order for you to homeschool your child the next year. The notice must include the following,
  • The name and age of the child/children
  • The names and contact information of the child’s parents/guardians
  • The assessment of progress form the year before (If this is your first year of homeschooling you do NOT need a progress report)
  • The names, signatures and contact information of any other adults who might provide instruction to the child
  • An outline and narrative that describes the instruction being given in each subjects to your child.
Progress Assessment
By the end of each academic year you will need to have your child take a progress assessment. The assessment can take the form of one of the following:
  • A report from a Vermont certified teacher
  • A report from the child’s parents or teachers, and a portfolio with samples of the child’s work that demonstrate progress in each subject area.
  • A standardized achievement test approved by the commissioner.

Homeschool Groups in Vermont

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

Vermont Christian Homeschool Mothers
This group is specifically for the Christian mothers who homeschool their family. Vermont Christian Homeschool Mothers focuses on helping you and supporting you in your homeschooling. Whether it is answering your questions, giving you advise and teaching tips, or helping you plan a fun and educational field trip for your child, you will find what you need at Vermont Christian Homeschool Mothers.
VT Secular Homeschool
VT Secular Homeschool is an online support group that is open to any homeschool and unschool family regardless of religion or teaching philosophy. Here you can find a place where you can post about events or gatherings happening in the Rutland area, you can also find out from other members if anything near you is happening that may be fun or educational for your family.
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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 Vermont

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