Quick Start Guide

How to Homeschool in Rhode Island: Step by step through the notification and assessment process.

1)  Withdraw your child if already registered for public school.  Withdrawal letter is sent to the principal of the school your child is registered at.

2)  Send your Letter of Intent (LOI) to the superintendent of your school district.  This is all the information required by law.  You do not need to fill out any district created forms.  You are not asking permission to homeschool your child, you are informing the school department that you are adhering to RI Compulsory Attendance law (16-19-1) via homeschooling.

3) You are now homeschooling! Once you send your letters, you are a homeschooler.

4) Most districts will send you an acknowledgement letter (Sometimes called an approval letter) once they have completed the paperwork process on their end.

5) At the end of your school year you will mail an End of Year (EOY) report along with the LOI for the following year.  There is no due date for this EOY report.

Below are some additional resources that you may want to look through.  These have been recommended by ENRICHri members.  Many of these selections can be found in the Ocean State Library System. 

What to Teach?

  • What Your (Xth) Grader Needs to Know (series) – E.D. Hirsch
  • Home Learning Year by Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School – Rebecca Rupp
  • The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home – Susan Wise Bauer*

Starting Out & General Inspiration

  • The Call of the Wild + Free – Ainsley Arment*
  • The First Year of Homeschooling Your Child – Your Complete Guide to Getting off to the Right Start – Linda Dobson
  • The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life – Julie Bogart
  • Out of the Box Learning: Empowering You on your Homeschool Journey – Beverly Burgess
  • Rethinking School: How to Take Charge of Your Child’s Education – Susan Wise Bauer
  • Why Are You Still Sending Your Kids to School – Blake Boles

Self-Directed Education

  • Home Grown: Adventures in Parenting off the Beaten Path, Unschooling, and Reconnecting with the Natural World – Ben Hewitt
  • Project-Based Homeschooling: Mentoring Self-Directed Learners – Lori McWilliam Pickert
  • Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life – Peter Gray
  • Unschooling Rules – Clark Aldrich
  • Sandra Dodd’s Big Book of Unschooling
  • The Teenage Liberation Handbook – Grace Llewellyn

Homeschooling High School

  • Homeschooling for College Credit – Jennifer Cook-DeRosa
  • Graduating With A Homeschool Diploma: How Your Homeschooler Can Graduate With An Official High School Diploma That Is Accepted (Nearly) Everywhere – Rebecca Leach
  • Homeschool High School Made Easy: Find Your Why . . . Then Find Your Way (Easy Homeschool) – Lea Ann Garfias
  • Planning High School Courses: Charting the Course Toward Homeschool Graduation – Lee Binz

Please note that some of these resources are not completely secular. There may be mention of the Bible, other religious texts, praying, and/or the author may have a non-secular viewpoint. In all cases, ENRICHri members have found these resources useful and have been able to take from them what they needed.

Anti-Racism & Homeschooling

ENRICHri stands in solidarity with the fight against systemic racism.

ENRICHri is built on the foundation that we do not discriminate based on race, gender, age, sexual orientation, faith, home education philosophy or methodology, or physical or other challenges. We also recognize that a mission statement isn’t enough. It must be borne out by our actions and policies. 

We are aware now, more than ever, what an important role our members have taken on. As homeschoolers we are raising and educating the next generation and, along with them, ourselves. As your leaders and fellow community members we are committed to listening, to taking time to understand, to stand together to protect and support all members of our community, and to improve our community, our families, and ourselves.

We are inspired by the diverse, brave and helpful voices among us. Our community members who share opportunities to learn, grow, and take action. Those that share resources for engagement and education about the fight against systemic racism and the historic oppression of the Black community. And those who stand in solidarity and support. We will work to amplify those voices and provide a safe place for discussion and growth. 

Black Lives Matter.