*Please note that if you visited this page in the past, it had complete info on the legalities of homeschooling in CA…however, I’ve recently decided to take this info off of my site since all this info is available on the CHN and HSC websites linked below. And they keep their site up-to-date and are the go-to organizations for all things CA homeschooling. It just seemed redundant to have the info here as well.
There are four legal options for homeschooling legally in California. These options are detailed completely:
However, from my experience, families in the Central Valley tend to homeschool in one of 2 ways:
Here are some links to more specific info on what’s available for homeschoolers in our area:
NOTE: Many people want to join a charter school or ISP because they worry less that they will get taken to court on truancy charges. They also like to have somebody tell then what the kids should be learning when. They may be more worried about their kids getting into college or transferring to a public school later on. Many people join a charter or ISP their first year to “get their feet wet” and then go off on their own when they feel more confident.