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The Informed Private School

Keeping in mind that California is one of 12 states recognizing home education through the private school exemption, this is a good time of year to review the requirements for establishing and maintaining a bona fide private school in the state of California:

  • Instruction must be in the daytime, in the English language, and include the courses of study commonly taught in the public schools (e.g., English, mathematics, social sciences, science, fine arts, health, physical education, and high school driver’s education);
  • Attendance must be kept in a register;
  • Teacher must be capable of teaching; and
  • Private school affidavit (R-4) must be filed with the county superintendent between October 1 and 15 of each school year.

Here are some commonly asked questions and answers regarding these requirements:

Q: Who determines if the teacher is capable of teaching?

A: The principal of the private school (typically Dad or Mom).

Q: What are the day and hour requirements for private schools?

A: There are none.

Q: What is the compulsory attendance age?

A: Between the ages of 6 (by December 2) and under 18 years of age.

Q: Are standardized tests required?

A: No.

Q: Do public school officials have the right to evaluate the curriculum, teacher qualifications, or educational quality of a private school?

A: No. The public school district’s authority related to private schools is to simply verify whether a school age minor is enrolled in a private school if he is not attending public school. Upon verification of the child’s enrollment and the private school’s satisfaction of the annual affidavit-filing requirement, the public school’s authority ends.

Parents’ freedom to operate private schools in California troubles many in the education establishment—that is why we must maintain our vigilant defense of this freedom.