The District of Columbia has a statutory responsibility to assure that children between the ages of five and seventeen, residing in the District of Columbia, receive an education. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) seeks to offer parents and legal guardians a choice to provide a thorough and regular education in a home schooling program.
OSSE reminds all parents who wish to home school their children that they must submit a notification of intent to home school for the upcoming school year by Aug. 15 of each year. Notifications may be submitted online. Initial notifications must be submitted at least 15 days prior to withdrawing your child from school and before home instruction begins.
Initial Notification of Intent to Home School
Parents or legal guardians who wish to provide home instruction to their children must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Documentation of a GED or High School Diploma, must be submitted within seven business days of your notification of intent provide home instruction. Notifications submitted without proper education documentation will be rejected after seven business days.
Annual Home school Continuation Notification
Notifications of the intention to continue home instruction must be submitted to OSSE by Aug. 15 of each year. Education documentation is not required when submitting continuation notifications.
Notification of Intent to Discontinue Home Instruction
Before discontinuing home instruction, the parent or legal guardian must notify OSSE of the intent to discontinue home instruction. Notifications must be submitted in writing at least 15 business days prior to discontinuing home instruction. To submit your Notification of Intent to Discontinue Homeschooling, please email Stephanie Thomas at [email protected].
For more information on home schooling, or to request a paper notification form, please contact Stephanie Thomas, homeschool program analyst at [email protected].