Homeschooling in New York- Paperwork
Every state is different when it comes to homeschooling. As a New Yorker and recently going through all the hoops of the homeschooling paperwork, I thought I should 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 it.
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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 the name of your child, their age, birth date and grade level. I created a template so all you have to do is download your template here. You can just 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 a bunch of 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 in the video below.
Collecting and Choosing Curriculum
Start researching curriculum or tools you would like to use in your homeschool, as soon as possible. Reading reviews, watching YouTube videos, reading homeschooling blogs and 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. Also 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.
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 just want to grade them on their progress you can do that as well. It is really open-minded, just fill out the form and send it in. You can see an example of our first quarterly report in our video below.
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!
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Let us Know
Are you a New Yorker thinking about homeschooling your child? Did you find this post helpful? Do you have any tips or tricks for homeschoolers? Let us know in the comment section below.