Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Homeschooling in New Mexico

Living in New Mexico means that I have done some research about the laws that I must follow being a homeschooling family.  I thought it would nice to share with those of you that are reading here that are from New Mexico. 

New Mexico is a state that has a lot of freedom for homeschooling families. The state is not that big or high in population but we still have some incredible resources.

Homeschool Laws in New Mexico

According to the N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2(E) parents are required to do the following

1. Notify the state superintendent of their intent to operate a home school within thirty days of the establishment of the home school and by April 1 of each subsequent year. The April 1 notice must identify the school district.

a. You can do this by online by going to this link

2. Record Keeping

a. Keep in your own files a record of attendance but you do not have to file this with the state superintendent.

b. Maintain a record of your child’s immunization records.

c. Proof that the child’s teacher has a high school diploma or equivalent.

3. Teacher Qualifications

a. Home school is operated by parent of legal guardian of a school age child.

b. Teacher has a high school diploma or equivalent.

4. School attendance

a. Is required for children between 5-17 years of age.

b. A child must attend home school for 180 days the same length of time for traditional public school. However, it is not required that the homeschool follow the calendar of the public school.

5. Subjects that must be taught

a. Reading, language arts, math, social studies, and science.

b. There is no requirement to submit lesson plans, academic records, or what your child is learning.

6. Testing

a. As of July 1, 2001 students are no longer required to submit to achievement tests. Your child does not have to submit to standardized testing or submit those scores to the government.

The information found on this page does not substitute for legal advice.  This is just what I have found as I have done my research.  For more information you can look at HSLDA

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