California Homeschooling Laws

This state provides for parents to qualify as a private homeschool, hiring a private tutor or enrolling in either a private Independent Study Program (ISP) or a public school ISP. In the public school ISP, the school does everything a regular public school would in terms of record keeping, attendance requirements, etc.

Reporting: To qualify as a private school, parents must file an Affidavit of intent with the state Superintendent of Schools each year between October 1 and 15. Attendance records must be kept.

Compulsory Attendance: Between the ages of 6 and 18

Required Subjects: The same as those in the public school in the English language. Parents must inquire independently as to what the syllabus is for each year.

State Organization(s):
(1) HomeSchool Association of California (HSC) (Secular)
POB 77873, Corona, CA 92877
The website,, contains numerous e-mail addresses which address specific issues or questions.

Convention: Sponsors annual Home=Education Conference. Check website.

(2) Christian Home Educators Association of California (CHEA)
12440 E. Firestone Blvd, Ste 311, Norwalk, CA 90650; 562-864-2432; E-mail:;

Convention: Sponsors annual convention. Check website.