Soon it will be time to file the 4th and final quarterly report in NYC. The quarterly reports are how the NYCDOE monitors attendance and the progress of homeschooled students throughout the year, similar to report cards in traditional school.
You report the subjects and material covered and then issue a “grade” or written evaluation.
This year I reported on the subjects of : Arithmetic, English Language Arts, Science, Social Studies/ History, Physical/ Health Education, Visual Arts and Music. Personally I provided a brief written evaluation as opposed to a letter grade.
As the year went on I found it helpful to set a reminder in my calendar two weeks before the report was due to write it, then the week before it was due to mail it. I also mailed everything via Certified Mail so I could have a record that the report was delivered.
You do not receive anything in return from the NYCDOE that they have received or approved your Quarterly Report but I’m assuming they would reach out if there was a problem!
I previously blogged about how I filed my first Letter of Intent with the NYC Department of Education for my son, Ethan, who has a 2012 birthday. A few weeks after filing, I received a package in the mail from the NYCDOE.
Included in the package were:
the Regulations for Home Instruction in NY State (all 20 pages)
a letter with information specific to this 2018-2019 school year
a list of compliance items and due dates
The next compliance item for us is the Individualized Home Instruction Plan or IHIP and it is due on 8/15. I’m currently working on ours and will post more when it’s complete. Legally we have to submit 4 Quarterly Reports and an Annual Assessment. That’s a lot of paperwork!
What are the homeschool regulations like where you live? Do you have to submit a lot of paperwork? I’ve read that New York has some of the strictest regulations for homeschooling . For anyone who lives in NY, this is probably not surprising! It is exciting to be inching our way towards becoming official NYC homeschoolers.
As you might imagine, some of the heaviest regulations for homeschoolers are found right here in New York. This week I took the first step to register my son as an official homeschooler. Here in NYC, you do not have to register until the year your child turns 6 years old. This is the year your child would be in 1st grade in public school. The cut-off date for school is December 31st so if your child will be 6 this calendar year, he or she must be registered.
This is the first year you can file your “letter of intent” electronically. I simply sent an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The letter must include:
your child’s name
child’s date of birth
The next step is to submit the Individualized Home Instruction Plan, otherwise known as IHIP. It is due on August 15, so stay tuned for more information on that paperwork.
If you are looking for more information about homeschooling in NYC, check out this link: