Catholic Homeschooling in Louisiana

How to Homeschool in Louisiana

In Louisiana, there are two legal options for homeschooling:

Option 1: Homeschool as a home study program
Apply to the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for approval. This must be renewed annually. You must certify that you will offer a sustained curriculum of quality. Other requirements are to teach for 180 days a year and teach the required subjects, provide evidence of immunizations or a waiver, and include records when applying for renewal. 

Option 2: Homeschool as a home-based private school
Provide a written notification of enrollment. You are not able to accept any federal or state funds. Then provide an annual notice of attendance and teach for the required 180 days. 

Louisiana Department of Education Home School Information
Louisiana Families may choose to educate their children independently from the public or nonpublic school system. Louisiana families typically provide this independent education through a Nonpublic School Not Seeking State Approval or a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Approved Home Study Program.

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

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 Louisiana
Homeschool Louisiana is a non-profit Christian organization representing homeschool support groups and families. They monitor national and state news and watch for unfavorable legislation and policies that might be discriminatory to homeschool families and graduates. 

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Agnus Dei Catholic Home School Association
New Orleans, LA, area including Kenner, Metairie, St. Bernard, the Westbank, and the River Parishes
This homeschool association supports one another in the common interest of educating their children within their individual Catholic homes. Activities include Masses, field trips, PE, liturgical celebrations, and more.

Cenla Catholic Homeschoolers
Central Louisiana 
This is a group of Catholic homeschooling families in the central Louisiana area. 

Holy Family Home Educators
Lafayette, South Louisiana area
Holy Family Home Educators (HFHE) is a local homeschool group in the south Louisiana area, centered in Lafayette. They share information and offer encouragement, both spiritually and academically, to Catholic homeschooling families. 

Holy Family Homeschoolers
Greater Baton Rouge, LA
This is a Roman Catholic homeschool support group serving the greater Baton Rouge area. Their mission is to promote homeschooling among Catholic families and to support those families who are providing their children’s primary education at home. They offer weekly park days, Masses, field trips, game nights, activities for middle school and high school students, service projects, feast day celebrations, parent support meetings, and more. 

Lafayette Area Catholic Homeschoolers
Lafayette, LA
This group serves Catholic homeschooling families in the Lafayette area. 

Roman Catholic Homeschool Association of Louisiana – RCHAL
New Orleans, Covington, West St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana
The Roman Catholic Homeschool Association of Louisiana (RCHAL) is a Catholic homeschool support group based on the Northshore of New Orleans, primarily in West St. Tammany Parish area. They welcome homeschooling families to participate in events scheduled throughout the year for its members, including weekly organized PE, field trips, First Friday picnics, All Saints Celebration, Stations of the Cross during Lent, and much more. 

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

Classically Catholic Memory Co-op
Bossier City and Lafayette, LA
Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program that is both Catholic and classical in nature. It is designed for children ages 5 through 12, and each year of the program provides 18 weeks of memory work in each subject. CCM is run as a co-op model.

St. John Bosco Co-op
Gonzales, LA
St. John Bosco is a Catholic private co-op serving students in grades preK through 12th grade. They offer a variety of courses to enhance the educational and spiritual development of students. They meet once a week at St. Mark Catholic Church in Gonzales. 

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
Albany, Brusly, Covington, Baton RougeEuniceHoumaLafayetteParksPierre PartShreveport, St. Amant, Zachary, LA
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. 

Holy Family Academy
Covington, LA
Holy Family Academy is a private K-12 classical Catholic hybrid homeschool academy in Covington, LA. They provide students with a classical Catholic education and cultivate an environment which models excellence in both academics and virtue. 

Regina Caeli Baton Rouge
Baton Rouge, LA
This homeschool hybrid model provides support to parents and an accredited classical curriculum for Pre-K through 12th grade students. Students attend classes  on Mondays and Thursdays, organized by their grade level, while they follow the integrated curriculum at home during the rest of the week. The classes are taught in the classical curriculum and Socratic method, leading intentional discussions throughout the material as the child progresses through stages of grammar, logic, and rhetoric. The classical curriculum focuses on cultivating a mind that seeks truth, with rigorous coursework in reading, writing, Latin, mathematics, music, debate, and the visual arts.

St. John of the Cross Academy
Lafayette, LA
Saint John of the Cross Academy offers classes for homeschooling families. Subjects include Latin, literature, history, mathematics, language and composition, Scripture, moral philosophy, and more.

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.

This annual conference is offered to encourage homeschoolers in their vocations as Catholic home educators. Enjoy inspiring talks and presentations, a vendor hall with curriculum, books, and resources, and Mass, confession, and other devotions. Updates can be found on the Kansas City Catholic Homeschool Conference Facebook page.

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 Louisiana
Louisiana home study students have the ability to participate on a public school sports team if the principal of the school approves.

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 Louisiana

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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