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Are you considering Homeschooling in Utah? Are you wondering what you need to know/do to homeschool in Utah? If you are just starting out with homeschooling or are considering a move to Utah, you will need to know all the details of homeschooling here. Utah is a very homeschool friendly state and I feel lucky to live here. There are a lot of homeschool families in Utah and it is definitely easy to homeschool in this state. The people who live here are quite accepting of it as well.
The best place to start when studying the homeschool laws in Utah would be the Utah Home Educators Association. It is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1981 to help protect homeschoolers in Utah and to also work with the state on various issues. It is a great organization and their website has a wealth of information. It has all of the specifics on the laws and other topics.
Utah Homeschool Laws
Anyone has the right to homeschool in Utah. According to the state laws, you have to submit a notarized affidavit stating that you are homeschooling to your local school district office. You used to have to do it each year, but this year they passed a new legislation stating that you only have to do it once, unless you move to a new district. Once you submit your affidavit, it will remain on file and in effect with the school district year after year. Each year, the school district will then send you an exemption certificate for you to keep as proof that you are exempt from enrollment. There is no required curriculum, attendance, record keeping or testing for homeschoolers in Utah. It is quite simple!
Dual Enrollment and Extracurricular Activities for Homeschoolers in Utah
Homeschoolers in Utah are allowed to participate part-time in any classes or extracurricular activities offered through the school district. Homeschoolers can take advantage of anything offered to students enrolled in the public schools. This means that if you want your child to go to a public or charter school for sports, music, drama, it is allowed. You are also able to homeschool part time and have your kids in school the other part of the day. During the time they are in the school, they are considered to be a student of the district and are under the same rules and obligations as the other kids in the school. If there are mandatory attendance requirements for the activities, this does not apply to the homeschooled students.
This is a wonderful benefit that many people take advantage of. I know some parents who started by taking their kids out for only half of the day to get used to the idea of homeschooling. After doing it for a while, though they eventually ended up keeping them home the whole day. I know others who have their kids go to school just for orchestra or band so their kids can be a part of this group experience. There are so many great options! The nice part is having the freedom to choose.
Public Funding Options for Utah Homeschoolers
Homeschooling can really get expensive, so if you are looking for funding options to help give your kids a great education, there are a couple of great ways to do that in Utah. There are a few different organizations that collaborate with homeschoolers to give them public funding for their curriculum. If you do this, you are actually enrolled in a local charter school (in name only) and given funds to purchase non-religious curriculum for your family. You are re-mimbursed for classes as well as given a technology allowance. It has been a great option for our family because it allows us to get all of those extras that we could not afford otherwise. You do have to do the state testing if you take this route, however a new law passed this year allowing homeschoolers to opt out of it! So if you are not concerned about actually having your children enrolled in the schools, this is a great option!
There are three different organizations in the state that do this:
They all work in a pretty similar way, but there are some differences. So if you are interested in this route, you will want to research them on your own.
You can also enroll in an online school called K-12 or Connections Academy for free as a homeschooler in Utah. These are online schools. The curriculum is sent to you for free and you do daily attendance reports. It is as if you are enrolled int he regular schools, but it is all done online.
Co-ops and Homeschool Support Groups in Utah
Most people, when they are homeschooling want a group of like-minded people to meet with for activities. They want homeschool friends to go to the park with and to have group activities with. There are a HUGE amount of these opportunities in Utah. There are classes, holiday parties, field trips, and co-op groups that meet all over the state. I was so surprised when I chose to start homeschooling that there were so many homeschoolers in Utah. It is a community you are not really aware of until you start digging a little, but they are everywhere! 🙂
I have done some research and found a lot of support groups and communities around the state to support homeschoolers. I have been the most successful at finding people in Yahoo groups and Facebook groups.
Wasatch Home Educators Network The largest website and support group I know of. They provide Spelling Bees and Geography fairs, field Trips, and more. It is a fabulous resource!
Utah-HS A Yahoo group email list with more than 1500 members from across the state.
Utah Homeschool Network A Facebook Group with nearly a thousand members to serve all of Utah.
Utah Valley Homeschoolers A Facebook group with more than 600 members in Utah Valley- This is growing quickly and there are many others similar.
Salt Lake Homeschool A Facebook Group for homeschoolers in Salt Lake and the surrounding areas
South Utah Valley Homeschoolers Another Facebook group serving the southern part of the valley.
LDS Homeschoolers Facebook Group (not Utah Specific)
LDS Homeschoolers in Utah– Yahoo Group
The UHEA website has a great list of some other local groups around the state.
Homeschool Conferences in Utah
There are some great homeschool conferences in Utah! If you haven’t been to a homeschool conference, it is a perfect place to go to refresh, be enlightened and renewed when you are losing steam as a homeschool parent. It is also a great place to learn more about homeschooling. There are booths to explore, and experienced people to learn from. I try to go to one each year and it really helps me to be a better parent and teacher.
I have also done a post on Field Trips in Utah. There are seem AMAZING things to see and do in this state!!
Utah is a great place to be as a homeschooler! What is it like to homeschool in your state?
I am collaborating with some great bloggers to bring you a series called Homeschooling State by State. We will be sharing the ins and outs of homeschooling all across the country.