Catholic Homeschooling in Maine

How to Homeschool in Maine

There are two ways to comply with the homeschool laws in Maine:

1. File a notice of intent under Main’s home instruction option and then send an annual letter by September 1st of each year. This letter should include a year-end assessment and a statement that you intend to continue homeschooling. 

2. Join with other homeschool parents to function as a private school. 

There are state-mandated subjects which must be taught. Compulsory school ages for Maine are 6-17. 

Maine Department of Education Home School Information
Maine parents may choose to educate their children at home. Parents take full responsibility for the child while providing home instruction—they legally direct the child’s education by choosing the curriculum, facilitating the process and determining academic needs. Home instruction is funded exclusively by the parent.

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

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. 

Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME)
Homeschoolers of Maine (HOME) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated to preserving, protecting and promoting homeschooling in the state of Maine. They actively monitor legislation at the state level that could affect homeschool rights.

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Maine Catholic Homeschoolers
Maine Catholic Homeschoolers is a group for Maine Catholics who are homeschooling to plan social, academic, and religious events and to support each other. 

Maine Catholic Homeschoolers Unschoolers
This online group connects Catholic families who either homeschool or unschool their children in Maine. All schooling philosophies are welcome. They offer events and get-togethers.

Parish of the Holy Eucharist Homeschool Group
Holy Martyrs, Falmouth, St. Jude, Freeport, St. Gregory the Great, Gray, Sacred Heart, Yarmouth
This homeschool group meets at Holy Martyrs in Falmouth on the first and third Tuesdays of the month for fellowship and activities. 

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

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 Maine
Students receiving home instruction may enroll in any classes at the appropriate public school. This includes all academic, cocurricular, and extracurricular activities. 

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 Maine

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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