Preparing for a rainy day: Using the umbrella school option
In Utah, parents have several options from which to choose in arranging the education of their children. Although most parents who teach their own children use the home school option, another option is to enroll their children in a home-based private school. Home School Legal Defense Association has received several questions recently about whether this is legal.
The regularly established private school option allows parents to enroll their children in a private school. Private schools are not defined in the Utah Code. There is no requirement that a private school must meet in a particular type of a building or that all the children need to meet in one location.
Furthermore, there is no requirement that a private school have a minimum number of students to be legitimate. Under Utah law, a home-based private school administrator can arrange, through agreement with parents, for certain students to attend school at a separate campus site.
If you are interested in further information on this option, read HSLDA's memo explaining the legality of home schooling as a private school at http://members.hslda.org/state/UT/. (See A Plethora of Forms on page 13.)
- Darren A. Jones