Kentucky Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Kentucky 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.


Kentucky has requirements for notification, recordkeeping, and required subjects.

Can I Teach?

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

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Yes. Kentucky requires annual written notifications of your intent to homeschool. The notification must include:

  • Child’s name
  • Child’s age
  • Child’s address
  • A school name

You can find a letter template in this packet from the Kentucky Department of Education.


You must keep records of your child’s progress. This portfolio would include test scores, sample work, report cards, etc.


You must keep attendance records for your child and retain them in case the school district requests to see them.

Required Subjects

The following subjects must be taught in the English language:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Civics

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

You must teach 1,062 hours each year. This equates to 177 days, averaging 6 hours per day.

The minimum number of days per year is the same as in your school district. In most school districts, this is 170 days. If the district is year-round, it’s 185 days.

Compulsory Attendance Age

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

In Kentucky, your child must be enrolled if they turn 6 before August 1st until they turn 18.

Public School Sports

The Kentucky High School Activities Association (KHSAA) does not specifically allow homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities, but it isn’t forbidden either.

However, some school districts allow homeschoolers to participate, so contact your local district to see if they’ll allow your child.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Kentucky 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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