Catholic Homeschooling in Montana

How to Homeschool in Montana

Fortunately for homeschooling parents, it’s relatively easy to homeschool in Montana, with minimal regulation by the state. There is just one way to comply with homeschool laws in Montana:

1. File a notice of intent annually.

2. Keep attendance and immunization records.

3. Teach and facilitate learning for the minimum hours per school year.

4. Cover the required subjects of English, math, social studies, science, health, arts, and career education.

5. Ensure your home complies with local safety and health regulations. 

Montana Office of Public Instruction – Home School Information Packet
This document outlines key statues and administrative rules for those considering homeschooling in Montana. It covers compulsory enrollment and exceptions, home school requirements, and the responsibilities and rights of parents who provide home school instruction and the rights of the child in a home school. 

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

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. 

Montana Coalition of Home Educators (MCHE)
MCHE was formed to protect Montana’s home school freedom and support the independence and autonomy of individual families and local home school organizations. They serve as a central clearinghouse for information, offer a communication network, monitor political and legal threats to Montana families’ freedom, and offer opportunities to work for homeschooling freedom through lobbying, testimony at hearings, letter writing, and other actions. 

Central Montana Organization for the Advancement of Homeschooling (CMOAH)
CMOAH supports educational opportunities and social interaction between homeschool students and families in central Montana. 

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Holy Family Homeschoolers of NE Wyoming
NE Wyoming/SE Montana
This homeschool co-op is based in Sheridan, WY. They offer support and information to parents and provide social, academic, and spiritual opportunities to Catholic families in the area. They meet twice a month during the school year.

Do you know of a Catholic homeschool support group in the state of Montana? Help us build our Catholic homeschool directory. Send us information via our Contact Form. 

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

St Anthony Catholic Church Homeschool Co-Op
Laurel, MT
St. Anthony Catholic Church hosts a classical Catholic homeschool co-op that meets twice a month on Fridays during the school year. This co-op serves grades PK through 12. It is classical and family-friendly with subjects that are integrated in the pursuit of beauty, goodness, and truth. Lower grades use Classically Catholic Memory and covers religion, Latin, history, science, math, timeline, geography, and Great Works. 

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

Hybrid Programs & Homeschool Academies

Catholic Schoolhouse
Helena, MT
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. 

Do you know of any Catholic hybrid homeschool programs or homeschool academies near you? Let us know by filling out our Contact 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.

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

Diocese of Helena Catholic Scouting

Diocese of Great Falls-Billings Catholic Community on Scouting

The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd
Billings, Missoula, Big Sandy, Box Elder, Havre
CGS is a program focusing on the contemplation and enjoyment of God. It is shared in a place particularly prepared for the religious life of children called the Atrium. 
Mary Queen of Peace CGS, Billings, MT
St. Francis Xavier CGS, Missoula, MT
St. Margaret Mary CGS, Big Sandy, MT
St. Mary CGS, Box Elder, MT
St. Anthony CGS, Box Elder, MT
St. Jude Thaddeus, Havre

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 Montana
In Montana, non-public school students are allowed to participate in public school extracurricular activities. A review of the homeschool student’s curriculum may be required.

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 Montana

Cathedral of St. Helena
Helena, MT

St. Ann Cathedral
Great Falls, MT

St. Patrick Co-Cathedral
Billings, MT

Our Lady of the Rockies
Butte, MT

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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