Catholic Homeschooling in Idaho

How to Homeschool in Idaho

Idaho is a very easy state to start homeschooling in. There are minimal regulations, making it easy to comply with the laws regulating home education. You can start homeschooling in Idaho with just two easy steps:

1. Select an instructor for your child. This can be you, a family member, or even an unrelated person. 

2. Teach the required subjects. There are no stipulated specific subjects that must be taught, so you have the freedom to choose what is best for your children. In general, you should teach common subjects such as reading and math and any others that are typical in the public schools in Idaho.

That’s it! There are no teacher qualifications, assessment or vaccine requirements, and no notification is needed. 

Idaho State Department of Education Home School Information
Home Schooling is education directed by the parent/guardian. Since Idaho does not regulate or monitor home school education, it is up to the parent/guardian to select the curriculum they wish to use. There is no registration or sign up procedure required and the state of Idaho does not have a set curriculum to be followed for home school education. All costs associated with home schooling are the responsibility of the parent/guardian.

How to Comply with Idaho’s Homeschool Law
How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Idaho

Special Education Provisions for Idaho

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Idaho

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. 

Homeschool Idaho
Homeschool Idaho supports parent-led, parent-funded education, free from government oversight. They offer information and support and monitor legislation that could affect homeschooling parents in the state of Idaho. 

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Catholic Home Educators of the Treasure Valley (CHEofTV)
Treasure Valley, ID
CHEofTV supports Catholic home educators in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. It is an email list used to facilitate communication among members of this group. Members share ideas, announce upcoming events and field trips and support each other.

St. Gemma’s Homeschool Group
Treasure Valley, ID
This group offers enrichment and support for homeschooling families, with opportunities for friendship and learning in the Treasure Valley of Idaho through a Catholic perspective. 

Treasure Valley Catholic Homeschoolers
Nampa, Caldwell, Middleton, Meridian, Eagle, Boise, Kuna, Star, Garden City, ID
This is a group for Catholic homeschoolers and unschoolers of all ages in the Treasure Valley of Idaho. They offer social events, resources, and support to member families. 

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

Cabrini Co-op
Coeur d’Alene, ID
Cabrini Co-op is a homeschool hybrid that meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. They offer small classes for students, daily Mass, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, extracurricular activities, and joyful learning. Curriculum includes math, language arts, memory work, writing, history, science, literature and poetry, art, performing arts, and field trips. 

St. Michael the Archangel Co-op
Coeur d’Alene, ID
St. Michael the Archangel Homeschool Co-op is dedicated to the principle of excellence in Catholic homeschool instruction through the utilization of a co-op approach. This co-op has a group of both parent teachers and professional teachers with extensive knowledge of the subjects they teach. They often pray together in the community and learn facts and discuss matters related to the Catholic faith in culture and history.

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

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.

Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference & Curriculum Fair
St. Paul College, St. Paul, MN
May 31 – June 1, 2024

After a 3-year hiatus, the Minnesota Catholic Home Education and Curriculum Conference is back! This annual conference is one of the largest Catholic homeschooling conferences in the country. Listen to speakers from around the country and meet other homeschoolers from your area. Conference attendees can browse through the vendors hall, go to workshops and talks, and network with other homeschoolers. Keynote Speaker 2023: Pam Barnhill, Host of the Your Morning Basket Podcast

Rocky Mountain Catholic Home Educators Conference
Most Precious Blood, Denver, CO
July 12-13, 2024

This annual conference is independent and local, bringing in speakers from around the country. Featured speakers for 2023 include Maureen Wittmann of Homeschool Connections, Kerri Davison of Holy Heroes, Sara Masarik, and Ana Braga-Henebry. Conference attendees can browse through the vendors hall, go to workshops and talks, and network with other homeschoolers.

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 Idaho
Any homeschooled student is allowed to dual enroll in a public school to participate in any public school program, including nonacademic activities and post-secondary programs. Homeschool students seeking to participate in nonacademic public school activities that have an academic qualification must have a standardized test or portfolio showing average performance or performance at the student’s grade level. A test or portfolio makes the student eligible (or ineligible) for the current school year and the following school year. Homeschool students are not required to take a class at a public school to participate in the school’s sports program.

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. 

Diocese & Parish Resources

Shrines & Pilgrimages in Idaho

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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