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Parents or guardians have the option of homeschooling their children. The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) request that parents or guardians who choose to homeschool their children provide the following documents (refer to Resources section below for documents and supporting information):

  1. CPS Statement of Assurance Form
  2. A letter to CPS which describes the manner in which you will be instructing your child at home
  3. A copy of the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) Home Schooling Registration Form that is mailed to ISBE


Please fax or mail the 3 document listed above to:


Attn: Kelly Donohoe
Department of Education Policy and Procedures
125 S. Clark St., 5th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
(773) 553-1216 (phone)
(773) 553-2151 (fax)


In addition, only the ISBE Home Schooling Registration Form should be mailed to:


Illinois State Board of Education
100 N. First St.
Springfield, Illinois 62777-0001


These three documents should be filed annually for each child.


  • Claim or reclaim the values of the individual family
  • Develop a deep sense of commitment for the family
  • Enable the family to learn together
  • Individualized learning focuses on the needs, learning styles, personality and interests of the child

Program benefits

  • Provide an alternative to the traditional classroom
  • Provide parent-directed education
  • Parents and students set the pace for learning
  • Parents and students can learn together
  • No set schedule


 CPS Statement of Assurance

ISBE Home Schooling Registration Form Open page in new window


Illinois Learning Standards Open page in new window

Page Last Modified on Monday, June 23, 2014