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Home Schooling

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Home schooling is legal in Missouri, but the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does NOT regulate or monitor home schooling. There is no need to call DESE when you decide to home school, as no information needs to be reported to our office.

DESE cannot provide legal guidance or interpret the statutes or laws for individuals about homeschooling. If you need assistance interpreting the statutes, please contact your own private attorney. 

The information provided about home schooling on this page is intended to inform parents of their right to home school and to direct you to the laws regarding home schooling in Missouri.

  • If your child is currently enrolled in public school and you wish to home school, you should contact your school district to tell them your child will no longer be attending. If/when you decide to re-enroll your child in public school, the school district will determine the grade level at which your child will be placed at that time. No grade-level readiness tests are given by DESE.
  • No registration for home schooling is required with the State of Missouri or DESE. You do not need to call DESE to inform us of your decision to home school.

  • Neither the State Board of Education nor DESE has any authority to issue regulations or guidelines concerning home schooling. 

  • No curriculum or materials or financial support are provided to home schoolers from DESE or from the state, nor any advice about available online programs. If you are home schooling, you must decide on a curriculum/program to use on your own.

  • DESE does NOT accredit home schooling. DESE only accredits public schools in the state of Missouri.

  • If you would like your child to attend classes part time at your local school in addition to your homeschool program, contact your school to ask about their policy on part-time enrollment.

  • Any parent/guardian may educate a child at home. There is no teaching certificate or need to meet any education requirements in order to provide home instruction.

  • If you home school through high school, you will issue the diploma and/or provide the transcripts necessary for your student to enroll in a post-secondary education program or gain employment. The post-secondary school and/or potential employer will decide if graduation from home school meets their eligibility requirements. The home schooled student can also get a high school equivalency certificate.

Revised Statutes of Missouri Related to Home Schooling

Sections 162.996, 167.031 through 167.071, and Section 210.167 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri provide the framework for home schooling in Missouri.  Home school education enforcement and records pursuant to this section, and sections 210.167 and 211.031, RSMo, shall be subject to review only by the local prosecuting attorney.

  • Home schooling is legal and meets the state's compulsory attendance law, Section 167.031, RSMo. Section 162.996
    Handicapped children attending private, parochial, parish or home schools, districts may provide special educational services--state aid, how calculated.
  • Section 167.031
    School attendance compulsory, who may be excused--nonattendance, penalty--home school, definition, requirements--school year defined--daily log, defense to prosecution.
  • Section 167.042
    Home school, declaration of enrollment, contents--filing with recorder of deeds or chief school officer--fee.
  • Section 167.061
    Penalty for violating compulsory attendance law.
  • Section 167.071
    School attendance officers in seven-director districts, powers and duties--powers of police officers in certain areas.
  • Section 210.167
    Report to school district on violations of compulsory school attendance law--referral by school district to prosecutor, when.
  • Section 211.031
    Juvenile court to have exclusive jurisdiction, when — exceptions — home schooling, attendance violations, how treated.