Homeschooling in Rhode Island is simple. In a nutshell, state law requires homeschoolers to:
- Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) to your local public school committee.
- Teach your children the required subjects for 180 days.
- Maintain a register documenting the days of instruction.
Each school department in the State of Rhode Island interprets their responsibility for homeschoolers slightly differently (and homeschoolers’ responsibility to them!). Please familiarize yourself with these laws so that you can be sure that the district is not asking for more than they should.
The following links are the four state laws that pertain to home schooling in the State of Rhode Island:
RI Home Education Laws:
16-19-1 Attendance required – This law covers the ages of compulsory attendance, which for homeschoolers are the ages for which teaching is required.
16-19-2 Approval of private schools – This law covers the subjects required by law, the submission of attendance registers, and other instructions.
16-22-4 Instruction in health and physical education.
16-23-2 Loan of Textbooks – the school is required to let you borrow the texts being used in the public schools.
Further legal information on home schooling in Rhode Island can be found at www.hslda.org/hs/state/RI
Rhode Island Guild of Home Teachers keeps an eye on state legislation affecting homeschoolers, and sends email updates to RIGHT members when necessary.