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January 19, 2011

School Districts Makes Unfounded Demand for “Accreditation”

A family in Burbank, California new to homeschooling called HSLDA in a panic. After the mother had properly notified the public school that they were withdrawing their child and enrolling him in a private school, she was informed by a school official that she could only do this if the private school was “accredited.”

We reassured the mom that she had done nothing illegal, that their school was not required to be accredited, and that the public school does not have the authority to evaluate or approve private schools. This family felt very much harassed by the public school, which was one of the reasons they had decided that homeschooling was going to be a better option for their family.

Fortunately, after the school district received contact from HSLDA explaining that private school were not required to be accredited in the state of California, the family received no further contact from the public school and was able to homeschool in peace.