Advocates for Home Education in Massachusetts, Inc.

Help Getting Started Homeschooling

Whether you are starting in August or jumping in mid-year, the AHEM website has everything you need to get started homeschooling in Massachusetts.

The first step to start officially homeschooling is to submit an education plan to your local school superintendent or school committee. Traditionally, this has been done via certified mail with return receipt service sent to your local superintendents' office. Many towns will now also accept emailed plans (it doesn't hurt to send it both ways). However you send it, remember to get a receipt. If you are withdrawing your child mid-year, you may also want to notify the school that your child won't be returning.

It is important that all homeschooling parents know their rights and responsibilities. We encourage everyone to educate themselves on the law and what is and isn't required. Our mission at AHEM is to provide you with the resources to empower yourself. A great place to start is to review the following pages:

  1. Homeschool Guidelines at a Glance
  2. Tips for Writing Your Education Plan
  3. Sample Education Plan
  4. Methods of Evaluation
  5. FAQ

Also, remember, kindergarten is not mandatory in Massachusetts. Compulsory attendance is in effect from ages six to sixteen. You only need to submit a plan this school year if your child turned six in 2021. (You would submit an education plan for the 2022-2023 school year if your child turns six in 2022.)

If, after reviewing these pages, you still have a question, we are here to help.