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J. Michael Smith, Esq.

Michael P. Farris, Esq.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers—A Legal Summary


Any student who receives educational instruction outside a public school classroom is allowed to dual enroll in a public school to participate in any public school program, including nonacademic activities and post-secondary programs. The same behavior, performance, and responsibility standards apply. Homeschool students must have a standardized test or portfolio showing average performance or performance at the student’s grade level. A test or portfolio makes the student eligible (or ineligible) for the current school year and the following school year. Idaho Code §33-203(4) and (9).

Homeschool students are not required to take a class at a public school to participate in the school’s sports program.

For more information on public school access, see HSLDA’s Issues Library and HSLDA’s State Laws Concerning Participation of Homeschool Students in Public School Activities.

Updated July 14, 2017