Idaho Homeschooling

Idaho: A Very Homeschool Friendly State

A few years back I considered moving out of California. My first criteria for a state to move to was that the state had to be open to independent homeschooling. I researched quite a few state statutes and finally decided Idaho would be a great choice for a homeschool family to move to, so it is the first state I’m writing about here at Independent Homeschooling.

According to Idaho homeschool law, no homeschool registration or sign up procedure is required. Parents choose and purchase curriculum. No state funding is available.

There is a compulsory school attendance law for Idaho:

Idaho Code 33-202. School Attendance Compulsory.
The parent or guardian of any child resident in this state who has attained the age of seven (7) years at the time of the commencement of school in his district, but not the age of sixteen (16) years, shall cause the child to be instructed in subjects commonly and usually taught in the public schools of the state of Idaho. Unless the child is otherwise comparably instructed, the parent or guardian shall cause the child to attend a public, private or parochial school during a period in each year equal to that in which the public schools are in session; there to conform to the attendance policies and regulations established by the board of trustees, or other governing body, operating the school attended.

The best sources of updated information on Idaho State Homeschool Law are the homeschooling page at the Idaho Department of Education, and an extensive compilation of Idaho homeschool law found at the Idaho Coalition of Home Educators website. If there are any other good sources, please let me know by leaving a comment to this article.

There are quite a few helpful homeschool organizations and homeschooling support groups in Idaho:

Idaho Home Educators Association

Boundary County Homeschoolers, PO Box 723, Bonners Ferry ID 83805.

CHAMP, 2451 Watts Lane, Payette ID 83661.

Christian Home Schoolers of Idaho State (CHOIS), PO Box 45062, Boise, ID 83711-5062.

Emmett Christian Homeschoolers’ Outreach, 638 Monte Vista Dr., Emmett ID 83617.

Family Unschooling Network, 1809 N 7th St, Boise, ID 83702, (208)-345-2703.

Haven Homeschoolers, Mountain Home group, 930 North 13th East, Mountain Home ID 83647.

Heartland Home Educators - Central Idaho , Cascade: (208) 382-5561; Council: (208) 253-4496; McCall: (208) 634-3460; New Meadows: (208) 347-2463.

Home Educators of Idaho, 3618 Pine Hill Drive, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83815, (208) 667-2778.

HOPE of the Palouse, 307 North Monroe Street, Moscow ID 83843, (208)882-1049.

Idaho Coalition of Home Educators, PO Box 878, Eagle, ID 83616.

Inland Northwest Christian Homeschoolers.

Magic Valley Home Educators, 2226 E. 3775 N., Filer ID 83328.

North Idaho Home Education Association, PO Box 1133, Post Falls ID 83877-1133.

North Idaho Home Educators Association (Christian), PO Box 2885, Hayden, ID 83835-2885.

North Idaho Unschoolers.

Palouse Home Learning Alternatives, 802 E White Ave., Moscow ID 83843-3923, (208) 882-1593.

Pocatello Regional Christian Home Educators, P.O. Box 3033, Pocatello ID 83206, (208) 226-5381, or 13191 N Smith Rd., Pocatello ID 83202-5225, (208) 237-8163.

Port Cities Home Educators, PO Box 2052, 1880 Old Spiral Hwy., Lewiston, ID 83501, (208) 743-0891.

Rexburg Area LDS homeschoolers.

Snake River Home Education Association, 204 5th St., Idaho Falls ID 83401.

Southeast Idaho Homeschool Association, 1440 Eastridge, Pocatello ID 83201.

Southern Idaho’s Great Homeschool Tracker, 2226 East 3775 North, Filer ID 83328.

Southwest Idaho Homeschooling Information.

Spokane Homeschoolers (includes homeschoolers in Eastern Idaho).

Treasure Valley Homeschool News, 5301 W. Amity Rd., Nampa ID 83687, (208)887-6770.