Idaho Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Idaho 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.


Idaho requires notification of your intent to homeschool and mandatory subjects.

Can I Teach?

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

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Yes. You should submit a written notification to your child’s school (or what would be their school) to inform the school your child will receive instruction at home.

Note: Your school might have a form they’ll ask you to fill out and submit.

Required Subjects

You must teach the following subjects, at minimum:

  • Language Arts and Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Studies

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

Idaho doesn’t specify a number of days for instruction, but it must be regularly scheduled and meet annual hours requirements:

  • Kindergarten: 450 hours per year
  • Grades 1-3: 810 hours per year
  • Grades 4-8: 900 hours per year
  • Grades 9-12: 990 hours per year, including 60 hours of instruction per credit

I’d strongly recommend you keep attendance to track these hours and days you’re teaching.

Compulsory Attendance Age

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

In Idaho, your child must be enrolled if they turn 7 years old before the start of the school year until they turn 16 years old.

Public School Sports

The Dual Enrollment Law allows homeschoolers to “enroll” in a public or charter school for participation in extracurricular activities.

Specific procedures might vary, so contact your local school or school district to find out how to enroll your child.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Idaho 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.

The Home Learning Kit can help!

It’s a package of handy learning tools to make your homeschool more fun and engaging, curated by yours truly. Check it out!

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