Mississippi Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Mississippi 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.


Mississippi has a requirement to register your homeschool, but is very simple otherwise.

Can I Teach?

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

Do I Have to Notify the State?

Yes. You must submit the Home School Certificate of Enrollment to your local School Attendance Officer by September 15th each year.

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

There is no requirement for the number of school days or hours, however Mississippi’s public school year is 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 Mississippi, your child must be enrolled if they turn 6 on or before September 1 until they turn 17 on or before September 1.

Public School Sports

The Mississippi High School Activities Association (MHSAA) does not allow homeschoolers to participate in extracurricular activities, generally.

It’s possible your local school district or school may allow some participation in non-MHSAA activities, so contact them for more information.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Mississippi 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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