State Requirements: Homeschooling in Texas


The Texas Home School Coalition provides a wealth of information for the homeschool community free of charge. Additionally, THSC members receive benefits which include: free legal assistance, free state conventions, discounts on magazines, programs, and services, free publications and more.  I encourage each family to research any and all information provided by THSC.  They’re a wonderful organization protecting our parental freedoms and fighting for our right to homeschool in the State of Texas.

This page contains some common Q&A’s and can be found on their website at

Home School Terminology

THSC definition of a home schooled student:
A home schooled student predominantly receives instruction in a general, elementary or secondary education program that is provided by the parent—or a person standing in parental authority—in or through the child’s home [Texas Education Code 29.916 (a)].

The parent or person standing in parental authority might contract with outside sources in order that the student receives additional instruction. For example, a private tutor, co-op class or a college class. However, this source or these sources do not circumvent the parent’s role in determining the overall success or failure of the student.

Home school group:
All home school groups on our list seek to serve families who meet the definition of home schooling. This means their children participate in the group, but the group will not attempt to become an authority over the student’s education, per the definition of home schooling. THSC Partner Groups meet criteria as defined on THSC Types of Groups.

Private school:
Private school is a broad category of describing any non-public school. This includes traditional accredited private schools that require daily attendance and tuition, unaccredited private schools which are similar but not subject to the same accreditation requirements, home schools which are a type of private school but not regulated the same way as other types of private school, and other options that are a hybrid of these different types. For example, in a university model school, a student might attend the school 2-3 days per week and then be schooled at home for the rest of the week.

For more info: THSC definition of a home schooled student

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State Requirements

Texas State Law Requirements Regarding Home Schooling

To home school legally in Texas, you must follow three state law requirements:

  • The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., legitimate).
  • The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
  • The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

What is the required curriculum?

In order to be a legitimate home school in Texas, you must have a curriculum which teaches 5 subjects:

  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Mathematics
  • A study of good citizenship

In addition, the law states that you must pursue that curriculum in a bona fide (not a sham) manner. This curriculum may be obtained from any source and can consist of books, workbooks, other written materials, or materials on an electronic monitor, including computer or video screens, or any combination thereof. There are no other rules for home schooling in Texas.

What is a 'study of good citizenship'?

“Good citizenship” is usually taken to mean civics. Public schools teach one semester of civics, usually in the senior year of high school. Teaching U.S. and Texas history, government (theoretical and practical), the Pledge of Allegiance, and similar activities will also help meet this requirement. CCSI provides the curriculum to meet this requirement.

Must the school district approve my curriculum?

Absolutely not! Home schools in Texas are private schools, and private schools are not regulated by the state. The school district has no authority to approve curricula used by private schools.

May someone else home school my child?

Yes. Home schools in Texas are private schools. (See Leeper Case Decisions.) Private schools are not regulated by the state of Texas. There are no requirements, such as teacher certification or curriculum approval. The ruling of the Leeper case states that a parent “or one standing in parental authority” may educate a child.

How many hours a day must we conduct school?

Home schools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state. No minimum hours are required. Consider the time spent in advisory, study hall, electives, PE, and passing periods.  You will probably find that your student can accomplish more work in a shorter period of time than a public school child if for no other reason than not having to stand in line, wait for roll call, and the like.

How many days per year must we have school?

The Texas Education Code requires that public schools meet 180 days per year; public school students must attend 170 days/year. This ruling applies to public schools only. Home schools in Texas are private schools, and the state of Texas does not regulate the number of days per year that private schools must be in session or the number of days a student must attend.

What about testing my child?

Although the state of Texas does not require testing of private school students, many parents give their children annual tests using nationally normed achievement tests.

What is required for graduation?

Home schools in Texas are private schools and are not regulated by the state. Therefore, home schools, just as other private schools, set their own graduation standards. There is no minimum age requirement for graduation.

How can my child receive a diploma?

When a student meets the requirements set by his school for graduation, he may receive a diploma.

Can my home educated students get into college?

Yes. Some colleges and universities are friendlier toward home schoolers than others, so some will be easier to work with. In Texas, state colleges are required to accept a home school graduate’s diploma and transcript and to treat a home school graduate just as they would any other applicant. Home school graduates are accepted at most colleges and universities around the nation, and are even recruited by many.

Is home schooling legal in Texas?

Yes, it is legal. Home schools in Texas are private schools, and, as such, students attending them are exempt from compulsory school attendance laws. The only requirements in the state of Texas are that you pursue in a bona fide manner a basic curriculum of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and a study in good citizenship.

Does home schooling work?

Read how Home Schoolers Perform in College.

Read how Academic Testing Proves Home Schooling Works.

High School and Beyond

In preparation for high school graduation and for information regarding steps to take after graduation, we offer various items of interest and information:

  • Find out what your home schooler needs for College Admissions.
  • Learn about financial help Scholarships page.
  • For those interested in serving in the armed forces, locate the information under Military.
  • If your student is not interested in college, seek more information on Internships.

We hope this information gets you moving in the right direction.

While home schoolers in Texas are not required to complete any specified course plan other than a bona fide visual study of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship, the Texas Education Agency’s Recommended High School Program consists of 26 credits. The Core Recommended Course Sample is:

  • 4 credits of English/Language Arts
  • 4 credits of Mathematics, including Algebra I, II, and Geometry
  • 4 credits of Science, including Biology, Chemistry, and Physics
  • 4 credits of Social Studies, including World History, World Geography, U.S. History, ½ credit Government, ½ credit Economics
  • 1 credit of Physical Education
  • ½ credit of Speech
  • 1 credit of Fine Arts
  • 5 ½ credits of Electives
  • 2 credits of Foreign Language Studies


For further information I would encourage you to join THSC.



Why You Should Join?

  • THSC works to promote home schooling and parental rights through lobbying the Texas legislature, communicates with school districts and other public officials, monitors court cases, and raises awareness of important issues that impact home schooling.
  • Free Legal Assistance in Texas with problems related to home education
  • FREE Adult Registration to BOTH THSC Conventions - The Woodlands & Arlington
  • Student and Teacher Photo ID Cards
  • Free Texas Home Schooling Handbook
  • Discounts from select home school providers
  • Support the advocacy organization that works for your home school and parental rights

THSC provides articles and information on many home schooling topics including success stories, curriculum reviews, local and state events, and more!

  • THSC FrontPage (Weekly Newsletter)
  • Help for Home Schooling
  • Thrifty Thursday! (Special Offers and Discounts)
  • Events
  • Special Needs Information
  • Alerts and Announcements
  • Legislative, Advocacy, and Political
  • Support Group Leader Information

Why Become a Member?

THSC is constantly working to promote home schooling and parental rights through lobbying the Texas legislature, communicating with school districts and other public officials, monitoring court cases, and raising awareness of important issues that impact home schooling. Joining THSC Association connects your family with other home schoolers, allows your voice to be heard in our efforts to protect your home school freedoms, and empowers us to fight for you.

THSC Association Membership Benefits

In addition to the benefits listed above, members receive these benefits:

  • Free legal assistance in Texas with problems related to home education
  • FREE Adult Registration to BOTH THSC Conventions – The Woodlands & Arlington
  • Student and teacher photo ID cards
  • Free Home Schooling Handbook
  • Special discounts on magazines, programs, and services from different benefit providers

What Does It Cost to Join?

  • Annual Membership: $120 a year
  • Discounted Membership: $100 a year
    We give a $20 discount off the annual membership price for members of local home school support groups.
  • Monthly Payment Plan: $10.00 a month
  • Lifetime Membership: $1,000/one-time payment

Lifetime Members receive all Member Benefits plus:

  • Two polo shirts available exclusively to Lifetime Members
  • One bumper sticker publicizing your support as a THSC Lifetime Member


information can be found at:

Texas Home School Coalition

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Helpful Homeschool Links

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional rights and freedoms of parents. HSLDA keeps you current on laws, court cases and any additional information that would be of interest to the homeschooling community.
A summary analysis of the homeschooling law in the State of Texas.
New regulations from the U.S. Department of Education and how it affects the homeschool community
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