Developing Your Homeschool Curriculum—NC Requirements Explained

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Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum? NC Laws and Options Clarified by DoNotPay

Deciding to homeschool your child is the first step in a long road to educational independence.

Once the decision is made, you have to understand your local laws, develop a curriculum, and plan your timetable to deliver the best education possible.

North Carolina is not the easiest state to homeschool in, but knowing the requirements will equip you to make sure your homeschooling is successful.

This article will answer all your questions about your potential homeschool curriculum in NC and help you get started!

NC Homeschooling Requirements in a Nutshell

The most important aspects of NC homeschooling law concern the following questions:

  1. Who can teach?
  2. What should be taught?

Who Can Teach?

As a parent, you are allowed to be a homeschool teacher as long as you have at least a/an:

  • High school diploma
  • GED
  • Equivalent qualification

If you join or start a homeschooling co-op, your child can also be taught by other parents, meaning that you don’t have to take sole responsibility for lessons in every subject.

What Should Be Taught?

North Carolina doesn’t specify which subjects should be on the curriculum, but homeschool students have to take standardized tests every year to check their progress against students in public schools.

You can determine the grade your child is taught at—the state doesn’t specify criteria for grading students. You can also promote your child at any time during the school year, but you should plan for the possibility that you will want to re-enroll them in public school at some point.

In such a case, the school principal will assess your child to determine the appropriate grade based on your child’s knowledge level across standard subjects.

How Should You Choose a Curriculum in North Carolina?

Within the limits of the subjects that are tested in the annual standardized assessments, you still have the freedom to choose how you teach your child.

The best curriculum is one that:

  • Takes account of your child’s learning preferences
  • Is flexible enough to fit your schedule
  • Keeps education fun and motivating
  • Allows you to monitor progress

To get the optimal curriculum, you can choose to:

  1. Design your own program
  2. Buy an off-the-shelf package

Design Your Own Program

If you are confident in your abilities as an educator, designing your own curriculum gives you a chance to customize your education program to your child’s needs.

Building a bespoke curriculum involves understanding each subject and planning:

  • Overall learning goals
  • Topic choices
  • Lesson plans to reach the goals

It also means that you can employ a mixture of teaching styles on top of traditional classroom teaching, such as:

A custom NC homeschool curriculum can fire the imagination and enthusiasm of your child!

Buy an Off-the-Shelf Package

Pre-designed, comprehensive curriculums are available from various suppliers in various price ranges and offer a convenient solution if you are a homeschooling novice.

Most curriculum packages are specific to a school grade and cover the recommended subjects at the correct level. You can also get programs for specific needs. Here are some of your options:

Montessori curriculumAfrican American curriculumCatholic curriculum
High school curriculumSign language curriculumKinesthetic learner curriculum
Gifted learner curriculumChristian CurriculumSecular curriculum
Special needs curriculumCommon core curriculumAutism curriculum
Preschool curriculumKindergarten curriculumElementary curriculum

While you are bound to the teaching method your package uses, you benefit from the ease of having ready-made:

  • Lesson plans
  • Projects to complete
  • Assessment tools and tests
  • Admin tools to track progress, attendance, and awards earned

How To Start Homeschooling in NC

The only other important piece of homeschooling legislation that you need to know is the requirement to notify your school district of your intentions.

You have to send a letter of intent before you take your child out of school, but you do not need to renew the notification every year. You can send the letter and begin homeschooling whenever you want, and your letter should include:

  • Your eligibility to teach
  • The name, address, and school grade of your child
  • The name of the homeschool, its administrator’s details, and its address

Getting your details wrong, omitting anything, or failing to send the letter in time can jeopardize your homeschooling plans and place your child under suspicion of truancy, so DoNotPay has a solution to make sure everything goes smoothly.

We can and even send it on your behalf if you choose!

Launch Your NC Homeschool With DoNotPay!

You can rid yourself of one of the major administrative hurdles in North Carolina by using our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product—giving you a tailor-made letter of intent that ticks all the boxes in NC.

Here’s what you need to do to get your letter:

  1. in your web browser
  2. Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
  3. Answer a few brief questions to submit the details we need

In a flash, your letter will be ready to go—you can either print it out and deliver it or let us send it for you.

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