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    Hawaii Homeschool Laws

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    For grades 3, 5, 8 and 10 parents must submit the results of a criterion or norm-referenced standardized test of the parents’ choice, which demonstrates grade-level achievement appropriate to their child’s age.


    For other years the annual progress report can be:

    A nationally normed standardized test score as above, or

    progress on a nationally normed standardized test showing progress of one grade level per year, or

    a written evaluation by a Hawaii certified teacher, or

    a written evaluation by the parent (should include description of progress in each subject area, samples of the child’s work and tests and assignments with grades, if grades are given) that demonstrates progress, or

    the results of Hawaii’s Statewide Testing Program if the parent chooses to have the child participate in the school’s testing program.

    Not subjects specifically required BUT,

    • your course of study must “be structured and based on educational objectives as well as the needs of the child, be cumulative and sequential, provide a range of up-to-date knowledge and needed skills, and take into account the interests, needs, and abilities of the child.” AND
    • An elementary school curriculum may include language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, health, and physical education.
    • A secondary school curriculum may include social studies, English, mathematics, science, health, physical education, and guidance.

    You are required to file a Notice of Intent before you begin your homeschooling program. The Notice should be delivered to the principal of the school you child would otherwise attend if enrolled in public school.

    Hawaii Department of Education offers Form 4140 or you can create a letter that contains the name, address, phone number, DOB and grade level of the child. The letter should be signed by the parent providing instruction.

    You are required to maintain records which include:

    the start and end dates of the homeschool program, 

    the number of hours each week of instruction, 

    subjects to be covered,

    method used to determine mastery of materials and subjects, and

    a list of textbooks and/or other educational materials.

    *The information on this page is for general use only. It should not be taken as legal advice. It is believed to be accurate however state and federal laws change every year. recommends joining an organization such as the Home School Legal Defense Association before your homeschooling adventure begins. HSLDA can provide complete, accurate, legal advice and services for homeschooling families.

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