IHBG: Home Education Programs

  • The Massachusetts General Law requires the School Committee to determine that Falmouth Public Schools’ Home Education Program Policy aligns with the minimum standards established for public schools in the Commonwealth.

    • When a parent/guardian of a student six years of age and older wants to establish a home education program for their child(ren), these requirements must be met for each child in accordance with the law:
    • Parents/guardians must submit a home education plan annually to the Superintendent or designee for approval prior to commencing the program. 
    • The parent/guardian must submit a completed application for each child outlining the home education program to the Superintendent or designee fourteen days before the program is initiated and resubmit notification on an annual basis as long as the child is being educated in a home-based environment within Falmouth.
    • The parent/guardian must certify in writing, on a form provided by the Falmouth Public Schools, the name, address, date of birth, and number of hours of attendance of each child in the program.

    Factors to be considered by the Superintendent in deciding whether or not to approve a home education proposal may be:

    1. The proposed curriculum and the number of hours of instruction in each of the proposed subjects.
    2. The competency of the parents/guardians or designee(s) to teach each child.
    3. The textbooks, workbooks, and other instructional materials to be used by each child and the lesson plans and teaching manuals to be used.
    4. Consistent, routine assessment of each child to ensure educational progress and the attainment of minimum standards.

    In order to earn a diploma, certificate, and/or transcript from Falmouth High School, the student and parent/guardian must meet a representative of the high school administration to review Falmouth High School graduation requirements. A high school diploma may be awarded if a student has satisfied the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's competency requirements and has met Falmouth Public Schools graduation requirements. 

    The Superintendent shall give the notice to produce records required by law if there is probable cause to believe the program is not in compliance with the law.

    The Falmouth Public Schools will abide by federal and state laws protecting students with disabilities, to the extent applicable, when considering approval of home education plans and in providing services to home education students. 

    A student being educated in a Falmouth Public Schools home education program may have access to public school activities of a curricular and/or extracurricular nature upon approval of the Superintendent.


    LEGAL REFS.:      M.G.L. 69:1D; 71B:1; 76:1

                              Care and Protection of Charles

    CROSS REFS.:     IKF, Conditions to Receive a Falmouth Diploma

                              IKFA, Graduation in Less Than Four Years


Last Modified on June 30, 2020