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.
This article will answer all your questions about your potential homeschool curriculum in NC and help you get started!
The most important aspects of NC homeschooling law concern the following questions:
- Who can teach?
- What should be taught?
- High school diploma
- Equivalent qualification
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.
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:
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!
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:
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
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!
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 legal boxes in NC.
Here’s what you need to do to get your letter:
- in your web browser
- Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- 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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