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Home Education in Idaho

Idaho law requires only that parents who choose to teach their children at home provide an education "comparable" to that available in the public school. You are not required to register with the state or local school district, report to anyone, or take standardized tests. If your child is currently enrolled in a public school, be sure to submit a letter of withdrawal to the public school (sample from the ICHE website). The major home education organizations have more guidelines and information to help you get started.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more. 

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Idaho. You can find more support groups at their website.


Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the ICHE website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


Here are some organizations you may find helpful.

Christian Homeschoolers of Idaho State
PO Box 45062, Boise, ID 83711-5062
Phone:  (208) 424-6685

CHOIS is a non-profit, volunteer Christian organization that seeks to encourage and equip parents to fulfill their God-given right to educate their children at home.

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

The purpose of ICHE is to protect the right to home educate within the State of Idaho.  ICHE sponsors Standardized Testing, Legislative Day, Email Alerts.

Idaho Home Educators Association


IHEA is a statewide, FREE, networking website.  Our mission is to serve the diverse interests of home-based education in Idaho by providing a neutral place for the exchange of information and resources,
events, field trips, park days, workshops, classes.


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Home Educators of Idaho
Phone:  (208) 667-2778

Area:  Coeur d’Alene, Northern Idaho

Lake View Home School Association
Contact:  Larry Nelson, (208) 264-5212

Area:  Hope, Northern Idaho

Little Tikes Homeschool Organization
Contact:  Alyia Rushing, (208) 704-2933
Learning to homeschool group, meets every week. Call for a listing of activities.

Area:  Northern Idaho


Inland Northwest Christian Homeschoolers (INCH)
INCH offers homeschooling families with students from preschool through high school an assortment of traditional academic and enrichment classes and social activities to supplement their homeschooling experience, as well as classes and workshops to encourage and support homeschooling moms.
Area:  Northern Idaho

North Idaho Home Educators Association (NIHEA)
NIHEA is a Christian Support group; fun activities, field trips, special events and monthly skate meetings are all included.  Fun and fellowship for your homeschoolers and parents too!
Area:  Northern Idaho


Port Cities Home Educators
Daily email updates, Park Day, monthly support meetings, field trips, co-op classes, statewide and local graduation ceremonies, and more!

Area:  Lewiston/Clarkston and surrounding area


Catholic Home Educators of Treasure Valley

Share ideas, list upcoming events and field trips and support each other in the efforts we all are making to educate our children at home spiritually, intellectually and physically.

Area:  Treasure Valley

Haven Homeschoolers of Mountain Home
Our main objectives are to provide family activities, informative parent meetings and social/academic events for children.
Area:  Mountain Home, Southwest Idaho


Kuna Home Educators Association

The place to connect with other homeschooling families.  We openly welcome any family that is homeschooling regardless of religion, curriculum choice, homeschooling style or method etc.  If you teach your children at home, we are here to support you.

Area:  Southwest Idaho 


Southeast Idaho Homeschoolers
A group to meet, chat and plan activities!
Area:  Southeast Idaho


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Last updated November 20, 2009

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