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Guide to Homeschooling in New York

If you live in New York and are thinking about home education for your child, then we have some helpful information that can guide your homeschool experience. Whether you recently moved to the state, are new to homeschooling, or are an experienced homeschooler looking for field trip ideas, our guide to homeschooling in New York can help you provide the best homeschool education for your student.

Homeschool Laws and Requirements in New York

Each state has different rules regarding a parent’s ability to homeschool their children and all the laws that they must follow.

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Homeschool Associations and Support Groups in New York

Some of the best resources to help homeschool families be successful are homeschool associations, support groups, and co-ops.  

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How to Start Homeschooling in New York

If you have decided that homeschool is a good fit for your family, you are probably wondering how to get started with the whole process.  

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Field Trips Available to Homeschoolers in New York

The flexibility to go on more field trips is one of the many perks of homeschooling.  

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New York Homeschool Laws and Requirements

There are many things to consider when deciding whether homeschooling is right for your child. One of those things is whether you can abide by the laws and regulations of your state. State governments regulate homeschooling, and New York’s requirements are comparable to most other states. New York does not require teaching credentials for parents, but there are other important things to consider.

We recommend that every parent who is thinking about homeschooling in New York does thorough research about the laws and regulations. Visit to view the specific laws pertaining to homeschooling in New York. The Home School Legal Defense Association also offers plenty of legal information about homeschooling in New York as well as every other state.



New York requires parents to keep important records on file as well as submit reports quarterly to the district superintendent. Attendance, course subjects and material, standardized testing results, and grades or written evaluations for all subjects are examples of the information that may be included in these reports.

Power Homeschool’s online parent portal makes record keeping easy. Parents can track attendance, coursework, and sample assignments, and print them to keep hard copies on file.



The fourth-quarter report that parents must submit can be an annual assessment or written narrative, such as a report card signed by the parent or instructor. Some school districts in New York require a teacher or peer review to evaluate the end of year assessment. These annual evaluations can stand in place of a standardized assessment until third grade.

Beginning in fourth grade, students must participate in a nationally approved achievement test every two years through eighth grade and every year from ninth to twelfth grade.



Homeschool parents award diplomas to their students upon achieving their specific goals and predetermined requirements. Universities, colleges, and employers have varying requirements for homeschool students. It is a good idea for parents to research particular institutions or fields that their students may pursue after completing high school. The parent can structure curriculum and testing based on this information to ensure the student is meeting the requirements throughout high school.


Homeschool Associations & Support Groups in New York

Support groups are popular among homeschool families. Parents can get advice from more experienced parent educators, and children can meet peers who are also homeschooled. 

Every state has at least one homeschool association that provides statewide support to parents and students who reside in the state. New York homeschoolers are lucky enough to have two.

    • New York Home Educators Network (NYHEN) is a secular association that supports, improves, and protects a parent’s right to provide their child with an at-home education.
    • New York State Loving Education at Home (LEAH) is a Christian organization that provides legal assistance and helpful resources to homeschooling families as well as hosts various homeschooling conferences.

In addition to associations, there are various homeschooling groups and co-ops that families can join for support. Local homeschool support groups typically offer many homeschool-related activities, such as field trips, volunteer opportunities, continuing education, and other meetings. Support groups enhance the homeschool experience for parents and students alike.

Homeschool co-ops are typically more academic-focused than support groups, providing students the chance to learn alongside other homeschoolers, while practicing life skills like sharing and teamwork. Both homeschool support and co-ops provide homeschoolers opportunities to socialize while parents receive advice and resources to enhance the homeschool experience. You can find either type of group on Facebook with a search of your city or region.

Check out our Power Homeschool Parent Support groups!

How to Get Started Homeschooling in New York

If you have decided to start homeschooling your child, you are probably wondering how to get started. First, you’ll need to submit a notice of intent to homeschool, followed by the IHIP. We recommend formally withdrawing your student if they are currently enrolled in a public or private school.

You will also need to select a homeschool curriculum or create one yourself. Power Homeschool provides many resources to help parents and students who are homeschooling for the first time. Our curriculum covers the core subjects of math, science, language arts and reading, and social studies and history.

After you choose a curriculum and homeschool method, you can begin your homeschool journey. Like anything new, it may take some time to adjust, so be understanding with both yourself and your student!


New York Homeschool Field Trips

Field trips provide homeschoolers the opportunity to see what they learn in everyday lessons come to life before their eyes. 

    Unlike students in traditional school settings, homeschool students can go on many more field trips throughout the year.  For homeschool students in New York, the following are several examples of the many field trip destinations the Empire State has to offer.



    • Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village in Amherst: Explore the region’s history by touring various exhibits, including the 1880s Street of Shops, Community Art Gallery, Pioneer Kitchen, and so many more!
    • Rochester Museum and Science Center in Rochester: This museum has much to offer. With science exhibits, a planetarium, nature center, and educational programs, there is something for the whole family.
    • Susan B. Anthony House in Rochester: Visit the home of one of the women’s suffrage movement’s leaders, Susan B. Anthony. Discover who she was, how she inspired others, and the mark she made on history.


    • Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse: Learn about life in a canal town and how it played an important role in the country’s growth. A children’s area is available for young learners, making this a great spot for students of all ages.
    • Utica Children’s Museum in Utica: Experience hands-on learning with special events, homeschool group visits, and plenty of interactive exhibits, such as the sensory exploration zone and music areas.


    • Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave: This museum celebrates Iroquois culture and diversity with nature walks, educational programs, and exhibits that showcase archeological artifacts.
    • New York State Capitol in Albany: Visit the New York State Capitol to learn about the government and history of one of the original colonies of the United States.


    • Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island Museum: Tour these national monuments and learn about the rich history of immigration to the United States.
    • Metropolitan Museum of Art: View the finest works of art from all over the world at the largest art museum in the United States.
    • 9/11 Memorial and Museum: Learn about the events that happened on September 11, 2001, with exhibits of artifacts, images, and testimonies.
    • Antietam National Battlefield in Sharpsburg: Students can explore the battlefield while learning about the bloodiest battle of the Civil War that took place on September 17, 1862. This field trip makes a great addition to any lesson about the Civil War.
    • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts in Hagerstown: Visitors tour thousands of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and other works of art representing cultures from around the world. This museum offers free admissions and various art classes and educational programs for students of all ages.
    • National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick: Homeschoolers can learn about the medical care during the Civil War, including the tools, resources, treatment methods, and much more.
    • National Aquarium in Baltimore: Explore ocean life through various exhibits, such as Blacktip Reef, Dolphin Discovery, and Shark Alley. Homeschoolers can attend special programs and homeschool days are available throughout the year.
    • Fort McHenry National Shrine and Monument in Baltimore: This historical site is a great way to enhance units about American history. Visitors learn about the Battle of Baltimore, the United States flag, and the poem by Francis Scott Key that eventually become the national anthem.
    • Maryland State House in Annapolis: As the oldest capitol building in the United States, the Maryland State House is rich with history. Homeschoolers can tour exhibits and participate in educational programs to learn about their state’s government, history, and culture.
    • Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis: As Maryland’s official museum of African American heritage, this museum aims to promote the history and culture of African Americans through exhibits and educational programs.
    • S. Naval Academy Museum in Annapolis: Learn about the U.S. Navy, the role of the Naval Academy, and American sailors and marines by touring display of historical artifacts and collections of art.
    • Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels: This museum is dedicated to preserving and sharing the history, environment, and culture of the region. With plenty of exhibits, special events, and activities, there will sure to be something for the whole family.
    • Harriet Tubman Museum and Educational Center in Cambridge: Learn about one of the most well-known heroic figures of the 1800s. The visitor center houses exhibits dedicated to the abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

    If you live in New York and are interested in Power Homeschool, contact us for more information!


    Disclaimer: The information provided on this web page is for general information purposes only. The information provided does not constitute legal advice and may not contain the most up-to-date information.

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