Homeschooling in New York- Paperwork
Every state is different when it comes to homeschooling. As a New Yorker and going through all the homeschooling paperwork hoops, I wanted to share some of my knowledge and experience with you. If you are anything like me and you overthink, get overwhelmed, or tend to procrastinate, then trying to figure all this out may get you sitting in the fetal position in the corner. I am here to tell you. You don’t have to be. Most of the stress is in your head. It isn’t that complicated or scary at all. Let me talk you through getting started homeschooling in New York. Before we begin, please take a moment to pin this post to your homeschool board.
Homeschooling in New York? Send Paperwork here:
NYC Department of Education’s Central Office of Homeschooling
333 Seventh Ave., Seventh Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email for the letter of intent firstname.lastname@example.org
Email for homeschooling Homeschool@schools.nyc.gov
New York Homeschooling: The Letter of Intent or LOI
First, let’s discuss the letter of intent or LOI by the beginning of the school year, which for the DOE begins on July 1st. Your letter of intent is due. Basically, it is just a letter stating who you are and you intend to homeschool your child for this coming school year. You have to give your child’s full name, age, birth date, and grade level. I created a template, so all you have to do is download your template here. You can copy and paste it and edit it for your needs. More details about the Letter of Intent are in the video below.
Individualized Home Instruction Plan – IHIP
The Individualized Home Instruction Plan is rather simple as well. After you send in your Letter of Intent, within 10 business days, the DOE will send you a packet with some information and forms to fill out. The next form that is due is the Individualized Home Instruction Plan or IHIP. This is where you list all the curriculum or tools you will be using in your home-school. This is due August 15. You need to write the title of the item, ISBN #, Publisher throughout the worksheet and send it in. They will respond to you within a week or so and let you know that your IHIP has been accepted. Check out more information about the IHIP here.
Collecting and Choosing Curriculum
Start researching the curriculum or tools you would like to use in your homeschool as soon as possible. Reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, reading homeschooling blogs, asking questions in forums, and homeschooling Facebook groups really helped me. I will do a separate post for my favorite homeschooling groups and blogs. Also, a post about what we used in our home-school and a brief review: If you are interested in where you can get some discounts or purchase curriculum, I will be doing a separate post for that. So be on the lookout for those in the next few weeks.
Other posts you may be interested in:
- How to choose the right curriculum.
- More to focus on when choosing curriculum.
- Where to purchase curriculum.
Quarterly reports again can be more overwhelming in your head. If you keep lesson plans, just fill out the report with all the things you covered for that quarter, these can be sections from the workbooks or just general topics covered. You need to give your child a grade, so if you grade their work, you can give them a number grade or letter grade equivalent based on their school work. If you rather give tests, then you can do that for grading as well. If you want to grade them on their progress, you can do that as well. It is really open-minded. Please, fill out the form and send it in. You can see an example of our first quarterly report here.
Quarterly Report Schedule
1st Quarterly Report due November 15
2nd Quarterly Report due January 31
3rd Quarterly Report due April 15
4th Quarterly Report due June 30 (make sure to send your annual assessment)
I will discuss the annual assessment in another post as we are going through this now.
- Send everything certified, so you know they received it.
- Have a copy of everything for your reference, it will come in handy at the end of the year if not before.
- Don’t Stress it, Just Do it!