Arkansas Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Arkansas Homeschool Laws to help you ensure your homeschool is compliant.

Note: The information below is not to be considered legal advice. I’m a homeschool mom with an interest in helping you, not a lawyer. I strongly recommend that you contact your state education department if you have questions specific to your circumstances. The text Arkansas’ homeschool laws can be found in Title 6-2-15-5 here.


Arkansas has minimal requirements for operating a traditional homeschool.

Can I Teach?

There is no state requirement for you to meet in order to teach.

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Yes. Arkansas requires annual notifications. They must be submitted by August 15 or five school days before withdrawing your child. The notification must include:

  1. The name, sex, date of birth, grade level, and name and address of the last school attended, if applicable.
  2. The mailing address and phone number of the homeschool.
  3. The name of the parent or guardian who is homeschooling.
  4. A statement of plans to participate during the school year in public school interscholastic activities (optional).
  5. A statement of plans to seek a high school equivalency diploma during the current school year (if applicable).
  6. The signature of the parent or guardian.

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

There is no requirement for the number of school days or hours. Arkansas’ public school year is 178 days, so it would be a good idea to stay close to that number for your homeschool and keep attendance.

Compulsory Attendance Age

The compulsory attendance age is the age range in which your child must be attending school of some type.

In Arkansas, this range is 5 years to 17 years.

Public School Sports

The Arkansas Activities Association (AAA) allows homeschool students to enroll and participate in sports at a school in their area.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Arkansas Homeschool Laws gets you started on your homeschool journey with your family!

If you’re just getting started, you’re probably feeling a bit overwhelmed.

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