General Frequently Asked Questions
Is homeschooling legal in Ohio?
Yes. Your right to provide an education for your child(ren) is safeguarded by Ohio’s home education regulations (OAC 3301-34-02). It is your constitutional right to make education choices for your child. This right was upheld by the Supreme Court of the United States in 1972 (Wisconsin vs. Yoder).
Do I have to be a certified teacher to homeschool my children?
No. Homeschool “teachers” must have a high school diploma or GED or test scores which demonstrate high school equivalence, or the parent must “work under the direction of a person holding a baccalaureate degree...until children’s test results demonstrate reasonable proficiency....”
Does each school district have different requirements?
No. The requirements for homeschooling in Ohio became effective August 1, 1989. School districts may not exceed, change or alter these requirements in any manner.
I’ve decided to homeschool. Who do I need to notify and what do I need to provide?
The requirements are the same for all Ohio school district schools. Notify the superintendent of your school (not the attendance officer, student services personnel or school principal). If your district contains the word “local,” notify your County Superintendent of Education. Download the homeschool notification form from your school district's website, fill it out and submit to the superintendent's office. You will also need to submit an overview of the curriculum you will be using as well as a list of textbooks/books that you will be using. Descriptions of classes that will be taken at LOL and books that will be used can be cut and pasted from our website.
Do I have to wait until the start of the year to begin homeschooling?
No. You may start homeschooling at any time.
Is there something I need to provide at the end of the year? Do I have to have my child tested each year?
At the end of each school year, you need to provide your child’s school with one of the following assessments:
A portfolio review: Keep samples of the child’s work throughout the year. Contact a certified teacher willing to do a portfolio review (LOL has teachers available). The teacher will review samples of your child’s work, and/or interview you and/or your child. The teacher then provides a signed statement, which you turn in as your assessment. Cost is about $40 - $55 per child, often with discounts for siblings.
A nationally normed, standardized test: You could have your child take the standardized test with other kids at your local public school. Another option is to get a test yourself and have your child take it according to the directives.
Anything else you and your superintendent agree on: Contact your superintendent and request to work out an alternative form of assessment.
Does my child have to start LOL at the beginning of the school year?
It is recommended that students start classes in September, as classes are designed to run for the full school year. However, it is possible to start classes mid-year, depending on the class and availability.
Can LOL be used as full time school?
Yes. LOL offers a full range of classes.
How many students are there per class?
We recognize the importance of small class size in maintaining a quality learning environment, and keep an average of ten students per class.
How do I know what age group is best for my child?
Age is often a good starting point when deciding how to place students in a group situation. However, students of the same age are not necessarily at the same place academically, socially, or emotionally. LOL offers multi-age classes spanning 2-3 years, allowing students to be placed where they fit best without the stigma of being "ahead" or "behind."
We advise parents not to be too quick to automatically think their child should be in an older group. A child's emotional and social needs are just as important as his or her academic needs. Our small class sizes usually allow us to challenge most students. We rely on our teachers to make group change recommendations.
What are your teachers’ qualifications?
Our teachers are pivotal to the success of our program. We hire knowledgeable, highly qualified teachers who are passionate about their subjects, teach in a hands-on way, and love and respect our children. Our teacher credentials compare favorably with some of the most expensive private schools in the area: about 40% of our teachers have advanced degrees.
Does my child get “grades” at LOL?
In February and June, students will receive a written evaluation of their work for each class they attend. These evaluations will include learning objectives for the class and information about how well these objectives were met by the student. Information about class participation, conduct attendance, and enthusiasm will be included as well.
Students will be given the option of choosing to receive a letter grade in addition to the evaluation. While we hope that all students are motivated by the intrinsic joy of learning, we recognize that grades can be a motivator for some students. This is an attempt to individualize our program and to best meet students’ needs.