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Homeschooling

Families have the option of homeschooling their children. Homeschooling is the education of children at home or in places other than school.

The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1) and case law permit a parent or legal guardian to educate his or her child at home if instruction is given in the English language. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for providing a child with an organized educational program and using appropriate materials and teaching methods in order to satisfy statutory requirements.

State Documents

Please be aware that the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) requests that parents or legal guardians of homeschooled children complete the Home Schooling Registration form and email it to hsregist@isbe.net.

CPS Documents

It is CPS' policy to request parents or legal guardians who choose to homeschool their children to provide proof that they have registered their children with the ISBE by providing a copy of the Home Schooling Registration form for each child.

In addition, if parents or legal guardians choose to educate their child at home, CPS requests that they complete the Chicago Public Schools Statement of Assurance and provide a letter indicating the manner in which they will be instructing their child at home. This documentation is requested to be filed with CPS annually for each child.

How to File Your Homeschooling Documentation with CPS

Please fax, mail, or email your Home Schooling Registration form, CPS Statement of Assurance, and letter to:

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

In addition, if applicable, it is highly recommended that parents or legal guardians provide their District school with a copy of the documentation (keeping a copy for their records).

Goals

  • 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