Catholic Homeschooling in Connecticut

How to Homeschool in Connecticut

In Connecticut, there is one option for homeschooling. In some school districts, you may be asked to file a notice of intent and/or attend an annual portfolio review meeting. However, this is voluntary and optional. For most families, this is not necessary.

Compulsory school ages are 5-17. There are no teacher qualifications, testing requirements, or immunization requirements. 

There are some testing requirements and state mandated subjects: reading, writing, spelling, English grammar, geography, arithmetic, U.S. history, and civics.

Connecticut Department of Education Home School Information
Parents who wish to homeschool their child/ren should contact their local public school’s district office for information on local requirements.
Under Connecticut State Statute 10-184, a parent may remove a child from public school for purposes of homeschooling if “the parent or person having control of such child is able to show that the child is elsewhere receiving equivalent instruction in the studies taught in the public schools”. 

How to Comply with Connecticut’s Homeschool Law
How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Connecticut
Special Education Provisions for Connecticut
The Importance of Recordkeeping in Connecticut

Lobbying & Advocacy Organizations

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA is the nation’s largest homeschool advocacy organization. They protect the rights of homeschoolers in court, advocate for homeschool freedom in state legislatures, and work to advance homeschooling in the public arena. 

TEACH – The Education Association of Christian Homeschoolers
TEACH provides information and services to homeschooling families and support groups in Connecticut. They also offer legislative news and alerts. 

CHN – CT Homeschool Network, Inc
CHN informs, support, and empowers families who choose to home educate in the state of Connecticut. They monitor legislative activity and inform their members of issues related to homeschool rights in the state.

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Adoro Te
Avon, Hartford, Canton, Farmington, Bloomfield, New Britain, CT
Adoro Te is a group of families who have chosen to homeschool and work together to offer spiritual, social, and educational support to each other. They offer Christ-centered extracurricular activities for member’s homeschooled children, including Mommy and Me, Little Flowers, graduation, dances, clubs, family picnics and more. 

Catholic Home Educators of the Immaculate (CHEI)
Griswold, CT
This homeschool group offers support and activities for Catholic homeschooling families in the area, including performance opportunities, enrichment activities, and more.

Terra Bona Family
Danbury, CT area (Bridgeport, Hartford, and New York Dioceses)
Terra Bona is a “family of families,” specifically Catholic homeschooling families who seek fellowship with other Catholic homeschooling families. They offer events and activities, including dances, field trips, Lego camp, recitals, Little Flowers, Bible study, and more.

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

Do you know of any Catholic homeschool co-ops near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Hybrid Programs & Homeschool Academies

Catholic Schoolhouse
North Branford, CT
Catholic Schoolhouse is a supplemental program designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements presented in a structure environment. They serve students in grades K-8 and meet once a week during the school year. 

Regina Caeli Fairfield County
Fairfield County, CT
Regina Caeli is a hybrid homeschool program for grades PreK through 12. This model combines 2-day-a-week classroom instruction along with curriculum for at-home learning. Students enjoy communal learning along with opportunities for other social activities, extracurriculars, and field trips. 

Do you know of any Catholic hybrid homeschool programs or homeschool academies near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Catholic Homeschool Conferences

The 2024 Catholic Homeschool Conference
Virtual Conference
June 7-8, 2024

This virtual conference features topics covering homeschool guidance, marriage and family, and character and virtue development. Speakers include Bishop Joseph Strickland, Emily Brown, Bonnie Landry, and more. There will also be a homeschool graduate panel. The Catholic Homeschool Directory is a virtual exhibitors hall. You can browse through curriculum, programs, tools, and businesses who support your family’s homeschool journey.

Long Island Homeschool Conference
St. Roccos Pl, Glen Cove, NY
2024 Date TBD

This is the first annual Long Island Homeschool Conference for Catholic families. Listen to speakers, hear special panels, browse the vendors, and find new homeschool materials and curriculum at the book swap! Featured speakers include Alice Gunther, Annabelle Moseley, Jessica Schaefer, and Margaret Gallipeau.

Local Classes & Programs for Homeschoolers

Do you know of any great local classes or programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Sports for Homeschoolers

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Connecticut
Connecticut does not have a law granting homeschooled students the right to participate in public school classes and activities; thus, the individual schools and school districts have the authority to decide whether to allow homeschooler participation. Policies often vary from district to district. Students wishing to participate in public school classes or activities should contact their local school for information regarding their district’s policy.

Do you know of any great sports programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Shrines & Pilgrimages in Connecticut

Do you know of any Catholic pilgrimage sites or shrines that would be perfect for a homeschool field trip? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

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