There are several legal options for homeschooling legally in California.

These options are detailed completely on this page of my website Homeschool Realm. I HIGHLY recommend you start your journey into this world of CA homeschooling over there…and also peruse the rest of that website, Homeschool Realm, as I have filled it full of helpful articles and resources for newbie homeschoolers.

However, for a quick snapshot: From my experience, families in the Central Valley tend to homeschool in one of 2 ways:

NOTE: Many people want to join a homeschool program 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. Many people join a program their first couple years to “get their feet wet” and then go off on their own when they feel more confident.

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