Johnny Key

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Home School

The Home School Office was established in October 1999 to promote collaboration between home school parents, public schools and the Arkansas Department of Education. 

The primary responsibility of the Home School Office is to provide information and technical assistance on laws and regulations governing home schools to all interested persons.

Additionally, it is the responsibility of the Home School Office to modify, update and disseminate the Notice of Intent to Home School and Waiver Forms to all school districts before the current school year begins. Parents/guardians are required to file current year pre-printed forms or electronic submission with their local school district superintendent’s office on an annual basis according to state law.

The Home School Office receives home school student data from all 236 school districts. This information may be used only for statistical purposes and test administration. The office compiles and publishes a Home School Report in September of each year that provides enrollment statistics for the previous year.

It is our hope that the information contained herein will assist parents/guardians in meeting the requirements of the home school law and regulations.

The Home School Office considers it a privilege to be of assistance to home school parents, school districts and the general public.

Home School Training for School District Contacts

  • 2017-2018 Home School Contact Training - This guide highlights the changes made to rules about home school, and also includes a tutorial for school district contacts for putting home school information into the database.

2017 Home School Laws

  • Act 635 - Amendments to the Home School Law
  • Act 863 - Concerning the Enrollment or Re-enrollment of a Home Schooled Student in a Public School
  • Act 592 - Concerning the Participation of Home Schooled Students in Interscholastic Activies
  • Act 453 - Concerning the Participation of Home Schooled Students in Interscholastic Activities in Private Schools
  • Act 173 - To Allow a Student Who Attends a Private School or a Home School to Enroll in an Academic Course within the Public School
Related Links Disclaimer: The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) does not endorse the educational information offered by the organizations listed under the Related Links on this page. The links are provided to assist you with information regarding the home schooling of your child(ren). The ADE is not responsible for the content of any educational material received through these organizations. Please contact these organizations for additional information.


For more information, please contact:

Trish Wilcox, Program Advisor
Home School Office
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 6
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1874
Fax: 501-371-3514

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