Home Schooling 

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 emailed to ISBE

Please fax, mail or email the three document listed above to:

Attn: Lauren J. Bell
Department of Education Policy and Procedures
1 North Dearborn Street, 9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
Phone: 773-553-2186
Fax: 773-553-2251
Email: ljbell6@cps.edu

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

Please complete all areas of the Home Schooling Registration Form and submit it to the Illinois State Board of Education at the following email address: hsregist@isbe.net. This form is electronically fillable and you need to save it prior to submitting it via email.

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



Page Last Modified on Thursday, February 27, 2020