Michigan Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Michigan 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.


Michigan has required subjects for you to teach, but is otherwise very straightforward. Reporting your homeschool is optional.

Can I Teach?

There is no requirement for you to meet in order to teach unless you decide to report your homeschool to the Michigan Department of Education.

If you report your homeschool, you must at least have a bachelor’s degree or claim a sincerely held religious belief against teacher certification. (Yes, that being a religious belief was a surprise to me too.)

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Sometimes. There is not a notification requirement generally, however it is recommended that you inform your local school district in writing of your intent to homeschool so your child isn’t marked absent.

If you intend to use special education services from the state, you need to report your homeschool. You can find the reporting form at the following link: Home School Membership Report.

Required Subjects

You must teach the following subjects in your homeschool:

All Grades:
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • English
  • Science
  • Social Studies
Grades 10-12:

All of the above plus

  • United States Constitution
  • Michigan Constitution
  • United States History and Civics
  • Michigan History and Civics
  • Local History and Civics

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

There is no requirement for the number of school days or hours. Michigan recommends following your local public school’s schedule, which is typically 180 days.

I strongly recommend keeping attendance, just in case it’s needed in the future.

Compulsory Attendance Age

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

In Michigan, your child must be enrolled from the ages of 6 to 16.

Public School Sports

The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) allows homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities if they are approved to do so by their local school district.

Contact your local school district for more information.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Michigan 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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