COULD UNSCHOOLING REALLY BE LEGAL?
Unschooling, as a form of homeschooling, is legal in all 50 states. Each state has its own regulations about unschooling/homeschooling and what they expect home educating families to do. Some states require testing; some don't. Some require a lot of paperwork; some don't. Many states require no contact at all.
Internationally, unschooling is also legal in a variety of countries (including Australia and Canada). But many countries have laws prohibiting home education in general or have strict restrictions.
Find a homeschooling group in your state or country where people who have been navigating the regulations for years will be most helpful. They will have more specific details for you.
States and countries vary on what documentation they require from home educating families.
- Some require testing at certain grade levels - many do not.
- Some that do require testing, do not require that the tests be turned in anywhere.
- Some require certain subject be "covered" within the curriculum
- Some require Evaluators for each child
- Some require certain progress reports be turned in annually to the school district.
- Many require no oversight at all.
Want to Talk It Over?
Sometimes it helps to have a real person on the other end of the phone who has been there and can help you find the resources you need.
After being involved in the homeschooling/unschooling community for over 25 years - and living in multiple states - I have a lot of information to help you find what you need.
Find out what's required in your state or country. Ask the local unschoolers. We have a collection of links to unschooling groups all over the world.