One thing homeschoolers never have to worry about is starting over at a new school. When moving, these families may pack up and take homeschool right along with them!
Homeschool families have the unique advantage of moving from place to place with no disruption in the home education program at all. As long as they’re moving to a place where homeschooling is legal (all 50 states and many countries around the world), there isn’t so much as a hiccup in the process. Whether families choose to keep active school going or take a short break from homeschool during the move is up to them. But moving in itself can be a great learning experience anyway, therefore nothing is ever lost during the transition!
In some cases, a change of residence must be reported. In states where homeschool notification is required, for example, families may be asked to terminate a home education program in one place and re-establish it in another.
Moving to another state can also mean adjusting to new procedures and requirements. A new location may offer a less restrictive homeschool climate, allowing families to relax record-keeping, testing and other efforts they previously used to document the homeschool process. On the other hand, new places sometimes require more procedures than before, meaning families must learn how to comply under the new regulations.
No matter the differences from place to place, however, homeschooling across state lines is easy to do. Researching homeschool laws prior to moving to a new place makes the transition easy. Some families even join support groups at their new location, so that they’re familiar with people, places and activities before they even arrive!
When moving, check in to state laws in your state, and the laws of the state you’re going to. Try these web sites to help, and then find other state-wide support groups to get started in your new home:
Homeschool Legal Advantage state by state
A to Z Home’s Cool laws around the world