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Statements of Understanding of Home School Parent/Family

In order to support parents and families engaged in home schooling in understanding their responsibilities and the responsibilities of the Public Education Department (“department”), the department has prepared the following statements of understanding. Please read these statements in their entirety and then check the Acknowledgement Check Box at the bottom of the page. Once you have checked the Acknowledgement Check Box you may then click the Continue button, also at the bottom of the page, to continue on to complete the Notification of Establishment of a Home School - Online Notification Form.

  1. I understand that my home school student is subject to the provisions of the Compulsory School Attendance Law and is required to attend home school for at least the length of time of the school year that is established in the local school district. This requires at a minimum, my home school student must be engaged in instructional activities (which is not inclusive of lunch) for the following amounts of time annually based on a 180 day school year:

    For students in kindergarten: two and one half (2½) hours per day for one hundred eighty (180) days OR four hundred fifty (450) hours per year;

    For students in grades one (1) through six (6): five and one half (5½) hours per day for one hundred eighty (180) days OR nine hundred ninety (990) hours per year;

    For students in grades seven (7) through twelve (12): six (6) hours per day for one hundred eighty (180) days OR one thousand eighty (1,080) hours per year

    Instructional activities can include a variety of activities that result in student learning (e.g., student practice and study, individual reading, attending civic events, visiting museums, learning about money and finances during shopping trips, etc.) and are not limited to direct text based instruction. There is no requirement that home school providers keep documentation or logs of instructional hours, and the Public Education Department will not request or require home school providers to produce such documentation.
    (Sections 22-12-2(B) and 22-2-8.1(A)(1)-(3) NMSA 1978)

  2. I understand that my home school student must attend school until the student is at least eighteen years of age, has graduated from high school, OR has received a high school equivalency credential.
    (Section 22-12-2(A) NMSA 1978 and Section 6.10.8.8(A) NMAC)
  3. I understand that my student’s home study program of instruction must include instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.
    (Section 22-1-2(E) NMSA 1978)
  4. I understand that all instruction in the student’s home study program of instruction must be provided by a person possessing at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
    (Section 22-1-2.1(C) NMSA 1978)
  5. I understand that I am obligated to either maintain records of student disease immunization or a waiver of that requirement for my home school student.
    (Section 22-1-.12(B) NMSA 1978)
  6. I understand that I must use the home school registration form made available by the department and posted on the department's web site to notify the department within thirty days of the establishment of the home school. I understand that I may not modify this form.
    (Section 22-1-2.1(A) NMSA 1978)
  7. I understand that I must notify the department on or before August 1 of each subsequent year of operation of the home school.
    (Section 22-1-2.1(A) NMSA 1978)
  8. I understand that it is the responsibility of the department to enforce requirements for home schools and that upon finding that a home school is not in compliance with law, the department may order that a student attend a public school or a private school.
    (Section 22-2-2(H) NMSA 1978)
  9. I understand that the department may require a reasonable assurance, and no other documentation, from the parent(s) or guardian that the child is actually engaged in a home-study program of instruction only upon receipt of verified information that a school age child–whose parent(s)/guardian(s) have previously filed a home school notification about that child with the department—has failed or refused to participate in, or is no longer being offered, any home-study program of instruction.
    (Section 6.10.8.11 NMAC)
  10. I understand that upon a determination that a home school student is repeatedly not (or no longer) engaged in a home-study program of instruction, because the parent or guardian has failed to provide a reasonable assurance that the child is actually engaged in a home-study program of instruction, the department may order that the home school habitual truant attend a public school, or at the election of his parent/guardian, a private school.
    (Sections 6.10.8.7(E) and 6.10.8.11 NMAC)
  11. I understand that prior to pursing remedies that include ordering that a home school habitual truant attend a public school or a private school, the department shall make a reasonable effort to accommodate the parent’s/guardian’s preference for maintaining their child in a home school.
    (Section 6.10.8.11 NMAC)

By checking the confirmation check box below, I confirm that I have read each of the eleven statements of understanding above. I confirm that I understand the legal requirements for home schooling in New Mexico, which are established in New Mexico statutes and regulations as cited above.


Once you have checked the acknowledgement check box below click the Continue button to continue.
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