Update from the NYCDOE

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.

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Filing the Letter of Intent in NYC

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 letterofintent@schools.nyc.gov.  The letter must include:

  • your name
  • your child’s name
  • child’s date of birth
  • home address

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:

http://schools.nyc.gov/StudentSupport/GuidanceandCounseling/HomeSchooling/default.htm