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Homeschooling in Illinois

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Illinois Homeschool Laws & Information

Illinois Homeschool Information

Homeschooling is a great choice for families in Illinois! Find out how to homeschool, what the homeschool requirements are for Illinois residents, connect with local homeschoolers, find nearby classes and co-ops, discover field trip destinations, and much more.

Homeschooling is regulated at the state level and changes may be made to the relevant statutes at any time. Always consult the actual state code (which is usually online at your state's official website) for the most up to date and accurate legal information with regard to homeschooling. Also keep in mind that interpretations of the code—whether provided by school districts or homeschool groups—can be helpful, but may or may not be an accurate reflection of the law. Always combine interpretations with your own reading of the statute itself.

image of gavel with man's hand pointing to a passage in a book and text Show Me in the Law - the show me letter that can prevent overreach by school administrators A quick note about sticking to what the law requires:
The "Show Me" Letter - Many an uninformed (or informed but overzealous) school administration official has asked local homeschoolers for more documentation than the state homeschool law requires. In The "Show Me" Letter, Shay Seaborne relates her experience with an overzealous official and how knowing the law and being polite but firm is often all it takes to educate local officials. A "must read" for new homeschoolers!

Although we try to keep our links up to date, state laws change regularly. The information at the links provided below contain information that may or may not be current.

Illinois Homeschooling Laws

From HOUSE (Home Oriented Unique Schooling Experience) [Read more...]

Summary Outline of Illinois School Laws that Pertain to Private Homeschools

Section 26-1 of the Illinois School Code [Read more...]

Illinois Home-Schooling

From the Illinois State Board of Education. Includes PDF files on Questions you may have about Illinois Home-Schooling and ISBE Home Schooling Registration Forms. [Read more...]

Legal Issues From Illinois Christian Home Educators

From Illinois Christian Home Educators [Read more...]

Illinois Resource Pages & Places

Barnes & Noble Homeschool Educator DiscountCarbondale

All Homeschool families are invited to visit their local Barnes & Noble location to sign up for the FREE Educator Discount Card. Year round, eligible homeschooling resources (books, workbooks,... [Read more...]

FVBC Resource RoomDundee

This is a free lending library of many resources for homeschool families in the Dundee, IL, area. [Read more...]

Illinois HomeschoolingIllinois Statewide

Helpful Information, Links & Tips for Homeschoolers in Illinois [Read more...]

Time4Learning Parent Discussion Forum – IllinoisIllinois Statewide

Discussions and Resources for Illinois Homeschoolers [Read more...]

Big Brothers Big SistersSt. Clair County residents

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) provides counseling services to all children seeking counseling within the ages of 6 through 17 whom are either BBBS clients or community members. Self-referrals are... [Read more...]

The Family Vision LibrarySt. Louis

The Family Vision Library is a non-profit, free, Christian lending library to our local community and abroad through mail. The Family Vision has offered a Christian lending library since 2005. Our ... [Read more...]

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