Links for Rhode Island State Statutes:
16-19-1 Compulsory Attendance:
16-19-2 Approval of Private Schools:
16-22-2 Civics Education:
16-22-4 Health and Physical Education:
16-23-2 Loan of Textbooks:
Other pertinent laws:
16-23-3 Published Textbook List:
ENRICHri works to support all our members, which includes members in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Homeschooling laws and procedures are slightly different in each state. We encourage our members in other states to share their experiences with new homeschoolers in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Real-life experiences are very helpful as new homeschoolers learn about their rights and obligations.
ENRICHri is open to working with similar organizations in our neighboring states.
In Connecticut, one great resource for homeschooling laws is the statewide CT Homeschool Network.
A great resources on homeschooling laws in Massachusetts is www.ahem.info
It is recommended by AHEM (Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc.) that you provide an “Education Plan” for each child you homeschool, rather than just a Letter of Intent. Homeschooling is regulated on the local level and is governed by two court cases, Charles andBrunelle.
Click here for in-depth information on how to write your “Education Plan.” http://www.ahem.info/TipsforWritingYourEdPlan.html
Here is a link to a sample “Education Plan.” http://www.ahem.info/EdPlanSample2.html
In your “Education Plan” you will need to designate your Method of Evaluation for your homeschool year. It can be one of three things: 1) a Progress Report, 2) Dated Work Samples, OR 3) Standardized Test Results. A Progress Report will be a short, written narrative of your child’s academic year. Dated Work Samples would be a number of completed projects/paperwork that you pull from your child’s work that year and send to your town’s superintendent as your report. Standardized tests are just that – you would arrange for your child to take standardized tests and submit that information to your town’s superintendent. Choose only one of these three evaluation methods.
You do NOT need to meet with any school administrators to discuss your homeschool education plan. You do NOT need to follow the public school calendar.
You can still access special services and some school districts are open to homeschoolers participating in special classes and/or sports. Many homeschoolers have successfully worked with their local school districts to meet the needs of their children while homeschooling them.
Some school districts send out “letters of approval” and some do not send out any communication. Definitely try to connect with homeschoolers in your school district to get a sense of what happens in your school district/town. Again, some school districts definitely want your end of year evaluation and others do not seem to request it.
The Massachusetts Home Learners Association can also answer many questions for homeschoolers.http://www.mhla.org/index.htm
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to also connect with ENRICHri advocates from either MA or CT that can share their experiences and offer support.