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Home Education in Oregon

Be sure to notify the Education Service District (ESD) in your county within 10 days when a child is taught at home or withdrawn from a public school to be taught at home. Annual notification is not required. If you move to a new ESD, you must notify the new ESD within 10 days. The Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) has a great summary to help you comply with Oregon laws, as well as other 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 Oregon.  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 HSLDA 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!


You may want to start with the main home education organizations in your state.

Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN)

P.O. Box 82715, Portland, OR 97282

Phone:  (503) 321-5166

Email:  info@ohen.org


OHEN supports the right of all homeschoolers to educate their children with as little government intervention as possible; encourages networking and communication among homeschooling families; works with various homeschooling support groups around the state to help new and prospective homeschoolers find the support, resources, and information that are so vital to their success as their children's primary educators; and follows state legislative activity and local and national trends that might affect homeschooling.

Oregon Christian Home Education Association Network (OCEAN)

17985 Falls City Rd, Dallas, OR 97338

Phone:  (503) 288-1285

Email:  oceanet@oceanetwork.org


OCEANetwork exists to serve the Lord Jesus Christ through supporting, encouraging, protecting and advancing private Christian home education in Oregon. We are home educating families who volunteer our time to support families all over Oregon and SW Washington with workshops, conferences, and written materials. One of our goals is to protect the rights of families to home educate by monitoring legislative and congressional actions that may jeopardize those rights. We advance home education in Oregon in print, in public, in person, and in prayer.


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