Getting Started Homeschooling in Michigan

Here is a list of VERY useful resources to get you started.

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Updated June 19, 2005


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A Summary of Michigan Homeschool 3f Requirements

This link is a great summary that describes both nonpublic schools and homeschools (Exemption 3f). Remember as you read, the 3f exemptions apply to us. We are exempt from most of the nonpublic school requirements. Here are a few IMPORTANT points from this web site.

Home Educating Under Exemption (3)(f) as a Home Education Program

Families choosing to home school under exemption (3f) are not required to do any type of reporting to any school official. If you are sent a SM4325 form, you do not have to return it or make any type of response. The MDE (Michigan Department of Education) has stated that, "If the home school family has not registered, the Department will consider the home school family to be operating under the exemption (3f) solely." There is also no law requiring that any information be provided to the local or intermediate school district. Therefore, a home school existing under (3f) has no responsibility to provide any information to local school officials.

To begin a home education program you simply begin home schooling. You do NOT have to ask permission, get a license or even a permit. You do NOT have to request a Nonpublic School Membership Reporting Form (form SM4325). You must provide your children instruction in the subject areas of Reading, Spelling, Mathematics, Science, History, Civics, Literature, Writing and English Grammar."

The Michigan Department of Education's Position on the 3f Exemptions (Homeschoolers)

The following statements have been taken from a Question & Answer document which the MDE provided to all of the Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents. It details how they have interpreted their role concerning the exemptions available to home educators.

  • "A home school family choosing to operate under exemption (a) solely, and complying with the requirements of the Nonpublic School Act is considered a nonpublic school."
  • "A home school family choosing to operate under both exemptions (a) and (f) must comply with the requirements of both (a) and (f)."
  • "A home school family choosing to operate under exemption (f) solely, is NOT a nonpublic school and NEED NOT comply with the requirements of the Nonpublic School Act."
  • "The MDE plays no role with this (the family choosing exemption (f) solely) home schooling family."
  • "There are no minimum qualifications for the teachers (in an exemption (f) solely home school) except that they must be the parents or legal guardians of the children."
  • "The (exemption (f) solely) home school family does not report to the MDE."
  • "Question: How does a home school family operating under exemption (f) provide an organized educational program in the subject areas of reading, spelling, mathematics, science, history, civics, literature, writing and English Grammar?
    Answer: The state does not regulate the content of the basic courses."

THE Michigan Homeschool Regulation (Exemption 3f) you need to know!

This link above is the exact law for exemption 3f homeschooling from the Michigan Department of Education web site. It (Exemption 3f) specifies how homeschoolers are EXEMPT from regulations, requirements and oversight of the Michigan Department of Education. Read this carefully. It is less than one page and is easy to understand. There is no law in Michigan requiring certified teachers in home schools. There is no law requiring you as home school parents to have a specific number of days of "school". There is no requirement to notify or seek approval of the state for your home school. And your kids CAN still participate in non-core school activities.

A Brief History of the Legal Situation Regarding Homeschooling in Michigan

In 1998 families for the first time were given a choice in how they were going to home educate. This link gives you a great summary of how the law allows you to either homeschool under exemption 3f above, or home school as a Nonpublic School under Exemption (3a) l below. Everyone in our group has chosen homeschooling under exemption 3f as described above.

Home Education Options Under Michigan Law

In 1998 Michigan law was changed. Families for the first time were given a choice in how they were going to home educate. This link gives you a great summary of how the law allows you to either homeschool under exemption f, or home school as a Nonpublic School under Exemption (3)(a) l. Everyone in our group has chosen homeschooling under exemption f as described above.

Michigan Home School Regulations for Nonpublic Schools (Exemption (3a) l)

This gives you the exact law for nonpublic schools 3a (but Homeschooling is EXEMPT because of exemption 3f above). It is the school's responsibility to make sure its students (your child if you are not homeschooling) is not truant. If your child is currently in school you need to tell the school that you chose to homeschool. A teacher or teachers might be a good resource for you and would consider meeting with you and sharing some resources for homeshooling.


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Home Schooling Curriculum Reviews and Archives

If you are using or are considering a curriculum and are curious about what others think about it, visit this site.

  • Post Reviews: Just click on the topic from the list in purple border and choose the curriculum you're familiar with. Then click on the "Post Review" button!
  • Read Reviews: Find the topic from the menu on the right and click on it! Then click on the curriculum you're interested in.

The Fordham Foundation's Opinion of Michigan's State Standards

This site evaluates standards from most states. You'll be surprised at their conclusions and will learn a lot about choosing and creating standards by reading their reviews. Scroll up and down the page.

The Fordham Foundation's Best of State Standards List

This site evaluates standards from most states. This page lists the best of the best. It is a great place to start from when choosing standards for homeschooling.


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The A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site

This site explains a lot. This link has a wealth of information that can take a lot of time to go through. She does address questions on returning to school after homeschooling. What we have found in the community is that schools will test homeschooled students and then place them in the appropriate grade. Even though I am building a portfolio for each of my girls, I've heard that it doesn't matter.

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