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    Default Moving to Alabama - Help

    Good morning,

    Hubby informed me that we are moving to AL for his new assignment (he is AD military). I am so confused about the whole homeschooling thing. Here in FL it is so easy. I know this forum has some AL homeschoolers and I hope I can get a recommendation how you do it.I read through the forum about the other AL homeschoolers and I am no wiser than I was before.

    Initially, I thought I would apply to be a home-based school (establish my own school) so to speak. However, I am confused if I can still do my 'own' thing or have to follow any guidelines. Then I saw that if I choose a cover "church" school, I only have to report the attendance and still do our thing. Has anyone here established their own homeschool? I send the School Liaison Officer an email, and I assume nobody has done that yet, because they weren't sure on how to do that either and are in contact with the local school district.

    I found this and I think it means, I as a private homeschool institution, do not fall under 16-28-1 (church school) and have to report like a private school. Second page 3. paragraph. https://www.alsde.edu/sites/memos/Me.../FY14-3059.pdf

    I would be helpful for any help.
    ~ Kimmy

    Education is a natural process carried out by the child and is not acquired by listening to words but by experiences in the environment. ~ Maria Montessori

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    It sounds like you would have to report as a private school.

    I would see what the School Liaison Officer says after contacting the district. I would guess that in AL, most people use the church school option, so they haven't dealt with the one starting their own school. Did the liaison mention if there was a homeschool group on base? Sometimes they can be helpful if anyone of the has done that before. (I have been part of homeschool groups on the base and they can have quite a bit of information, especially those who have been stationed there a while, even if they are not secular.)

    I don't have the same issues, but they liaison should be able to help you navigate this.
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    Hi, hope you like Alabama when you get here! I am about to start homeschooling for the first time, and have been researching a lot about the laws. From what I hope I understand, if you register as a private school here you have to either be or hire a certified teacher, or use an online or other institution that uses them, with formalized reporting and attendance etc. You can find this law stated on the U.S. department of Education website, under State Regulations of Private schools, then scroll through to Alabama.
    To avoid all of that you can "attend" a church school, which can be any cover school you find. I found honorschoolalabama.com, it's completely free, and you don't have to do anything but sign up.
    However I have also read, on the Alabama Department of Education site, under the non-public schools tab on the front page, that the State Superintendent interprets that law to apply to brick and mortar not homeschool, so you don't even have to do that. There is also a tab specifically stating that a cover school is not required.
    Hope this helps!

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