New to Homeschooling in NC?

 Homeschools in North Carolina are under the jurisdiction of the Department of Non Public Education  which administers the requirements of the North Carolina General Statutes governing both conventional non-public and homeschools. Their website also contains valuable information which can be found here:

(The following  infomation is provided from the DNPE website, and should not be construed as legal advice given by T.E.A.C.H.)


 " North Carolina law defines a home school as a non-public school in which the student receives academic instruction from his/her parent, legal guardian, or a member of the household in which the student resides.  Two household schools are permitted.  The home school academic instructional setting must always meet the home school legal definition of G.S. 115C-563(a) and is limited to students from no more than two households."

The North Carolina Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) is authorized by that section of the state law (G.S. 115C-563a)  to receive notices of intent to Homeschool (see "New School Form" below).

Homeschool Administrators simply need to keep records of the student's attendance and the results of an annual Nationally Standardized Achievement Test ready for  inspection by the representatives of the DNPE on the premises of the Homeschool.  Representatives of the DNPE are not authorized to inspect the premises themselves, but only the required records.

Parents wishing to educate their children at home, need to inform the DNPE of their intent to home school. A "Notice of Intent" must be filed once their children are at least age 7. Parents need to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent in order to homeschool.

Once the Homeschool is established, the administrators (parents/guardian) must maintain at the school their children's  
disease immunization as well as annual attendance records for each student. Every year the students must have a nationally standardized achievement test administered and the testing records kept ready for inspection or those items may be  provided voluntarily to the DNPE through the "Inspection by Mail Program" or through the online reporting available only from Aug.1-Sept.30 (see instructions on how to file online below).

The annual test must be Nationally standardized and cover the subject areas of English grammar, reading, spelling, and mathematics. Records of the test results must be retained at the school for at least one year and made available to DNPE when requested.   

Recomendations (distinguished from legal requirements above) for the daily operation of your Homeschool and for Nationally Standardized tests are available at their website:

There is also a great article by the former director of the DNPE, Rod Helder, on the history of Home Education in North Carolina:

Forms to use for Homeschooling in NC:

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If you would like to file your Notice of Intent to Homeschool online with the NCDNPE use this link:

North Carolina Department of Non-public Education:

To file your established Homeschool's  Voluntary Annual Report Online with the NCDNPE at their website, (instead of sending in the Cherry colored or Gray Cards for "Inspection by Mail") You will need to file there between August 1 and September 30th (here is a link with more information for Homeschools that are in their 2nd year or beyond:

Remember to only file ONE way (either mail the postcard OR file online)

Report Online Here:

General Forms, Planners and Links:

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Information on Events and Field Trip Ideas around our State:

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine (a great print magazine) always gives lots of free advice & tips:

Donna Young provides Homeschooling tips and forms here:

Chart Jungle has Chore Charts and Behavior Charts:

A to Z has free printables and more:

Organized Home has Household forms:

Household Printables Here:

More Free printables for school:

Academic Resources:

T.E.A.C.H. Homeschool Support Group of Davie County North Carolina - We are Teaching Excellence, Achievement, and Character at Home! This is a group of Christian Home Educators who have decided to work together to provide information for Home Educators in Davie County NC and the surrounding areas. Our focus is on parent education, organizing enrichment and educational activities, field trips and fellowship opportunities for our Membership. We provide a Newsletter, Directory and a Yahoo Group as well as regular Monthly meetings for fellowship and learning!