Texas Homeschool Laws

Below is a summary of Texas 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 only requirement for homeschooling in Texas is regarding core subjects and curriculum.

Can I Teach?

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

Do I Have to Notify the State?

No. You are not required to notify the state or your local school district when you begin homeschool. However, I’d recommend you notify the school district so your child isn’t marked as absent.

Required Subjects

Texas requires your child is taught with a written curriculum that includes the following subjects:

  • Math
  • Reading
  • Spelling
  • Grammar
  • Good Citizenship

How Many Days a Year do I Have to Teach?

Texas Homeschool Laws don’t mandate a specific number of days or hours for homeschool. For reference, public schools require 1,260 hours (180 days, averaging 7 hours each) per year.

I strongly recommend keeping attendance records even though they are not required.

Compulsory Attendance Age

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

In Texas, your child must attend school from ages 6 to 19 years old or until they graduate high school or obtain a GED.

Public School Sports

Texas high school activities are governed by the University Interscholastic League. Homeschool students are eligible to participate if they meet the same academic and behavior requirements of public school students.

Contact your local school for more information.

Wrapping Up

Hopefully this summary of Texas 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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