Homeschooling in New Mexico—DoNotPay’s Handbook for Homeschooling Parents
Are you interested in home education but don’t know your way around local laws? Learn everything there is to know about homeschooling in New Mexico with DoNotPay. We’ve covered the steps from enrollment to graduation to help you decide if homeschooling is the right choice for you.
When compared to the neighboring states, New Mexico isn’t the easiest place to homeschool in. The so-called Land of Enchantment imposes strict regulations on homeschooling families and holds homeschooled students to high standards.
- Homeschool is regulated as a non-accredited program, meaning your child won’t be eligible for a state-issued high school diploma
- Home education is the sole responsibility of the parent/legal guardian. You need to acquire the learning materials, organize school activities, cover the costs of homeschooling, etc.
- You can’t appoint someone else as the homeschool operator (e.g., a homeschool teacher)
- Children in New Mexico must attend school between the ages of five to 18. If you fail to homeschool your child within that period, you’ll receive a penalty
Since homeschooling in New Mexico isn’t covered by the same regulations as public or private schooling, different graduation requirements apply. After completing a homeschool program (online or in-person), homeschooled children can:
- Receive a homeschool diploma (the credentials are decided by the parent/legal guardian)
- Take a GED (General Education) or HiSET (High School Equivalency) test
- Acquire an equivalence certificate/diploma from an accredited homeschool program
If you want to increase your child’s chances of getting into college, make sure to do your research before choosing a curriculum. Not all homeschool high school programs are recognized by postsecondary educational institutions.
The person in charge of homeschooling must meet all the New Mexico homeschool requirements. Take a look at the table below for a full summary:
|Parental qualifications||Parents who plan on homeschooling in New Mexico should have the following qualifications:
|Filing a notice of intent to homeschool||You must alert the competent authorities (school district superintendent, the principal, etc.) by filing a declaration of intent to homeschool|
|Teaching mandatory homeschool subjects||According to the New Mexico homeschool requirements, you need to include the following subject in the curriculum:
|Accumulating homeschool hours||Homeschooled students should spend approximately 180 days per year in homeschool to keep up with their peers|
|Keeping records||You’re required to keep a thorough homeschool transcript that includes your child’s immunization records. It’s also mandatory to enclose your qualifications in the portfolio|
To start teaching at home, you’ll have to formally register with the competent authorities. The enrollment procedure is as follows:
- Compose a letter of intent to homeschool
- Get it notarized
- Submit the document to the school district superintendent 30 days before taking your child out of school
- Re-submit the notice of intent each year you continue homeschooling before August 1
You can send the declaration of intent at any point during the school year in one of three ways:
- Signing up for DoNotPay
- Via mail to the following address: New Mexico Public Education Department. Attention: Home School Notification. 300 Don Gaspar Avenue. Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786
DoNotPay offers a certified way of generating important legal documents. If you want to create a homeschool affidavit without breaking a sweat, try our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product. All you have to do is:
- Sign up for DoNotPay using your preferred browser
- Access the Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Provide information about your current school district
- Answer a few on-screen questions from our chatbot about yourself and the student
The streamlined algorithm will then use the data to compose an impeccable letter of intent. You can download the PDF version or forward the affidavit to the school district office using DoNotPay.
If you’d also like to have the notice of intent notarized, count on our help. Have the world’s first pocket lawyer handle the registration process and focus on the more important aspects of homeschooling.
Since homeschool in New Mexico is so heavily regulated, parents who are new to the lifestyle can quickly become overwhelmed. You and your family could benefit from joining a homeschool co-op or association in many ways, for example:
- Gaining new acquaintances—Socializing can be a challenge for homeschooling families, and joining a homeschool association can lead to meaningful connections
- Getting emotional support—Homeschooling demands a lot of emotional labor from both the parent and the child. Having access to proper emotional and psychological support is vital, especially if you don’t have a homeschooling partner
- Seeking out spiritual guidance—New Mexico has several Christian homeschool associations you could join. You’ll get a religious perspective on home education, and guidelines for teaching Christian kids (e.g., using a Bible-based curriculum)
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