Home Schooling

COVID-19 Updates to Home Schooling

Get the COVID-19 Updates to Home Schooling for the most recent news and announcements.

The New York City Department of Education Central Office of Home Schooling re-opens to the public on Monday, September 13, 2021. For the health and safety of staff and visitors, parents may visit the office by appointment only. Please send an email to homeschool@schools.nyc.gov to request an appointment . Parents and guardians without an appointment may not be seen.

All visitors to DOE facilities are required to complete a health screening form on a mobile device or online before they enter a building. This health screening must be completed on each day of arrival. Upon entering a DOE facility, you will be asked to provide the results of your screening either by showing your phone or a printout of the results. Visitors who cannot provide a completed screening form will not be allowed to enter the building. All visitors must wear a face covering at all times while in DOE buildings and should maintain physical distancing where possible.

See the Information for Parents - School Year 2021-22 document for assistance with common requests; most do not require an in-person visit.

Families interested in medically necessary instruction should visit the Medically Necessary Instruction page to get additional information about the application process and eligibility

Contact Information

Office of Home Schooling
333 Seventh Avenue, Floor 7
New York, NY 10001

LetterofIntent@schools.nyc.gov (for submission of Letters of Intent to homeschool only)
Homeschool@schools.nyc.gov (for general inquiries and document submission)

William Harrington
Director, Office of Home Schooling

John Gitto
High School Guidance Counselor

Megan Liendo
Guidance Counselor

David Summerville
Guidance Counselor

General Information on Home Schooling in New York City

The Central Office of Home Schooling welcomes you to the 2021-2022 school year. The information below will provide you with instructions to register your child (or continue) home school education for the 2021-2022 school year.

How do I enroll (or re-enroll) my child in home schooling for this school year?

To continue home schooling your child, you must annually submit a Letter of Intent for each child. For the 2021-22 school year, this letter is due on or about July 1, 2021:

  • If you plan to continue home schooling for all currently registered student(s), you may fill out the Letter of Intent to Home School In NYC for school year 2021-22 survey for returning students only online.
  • If you wish to register additional students (who are not currently enrolled) please complete the Letter of Intent form (for new students only) which is available in the document section below and email to letterofintent@schools.nyc.gov.
  • Parents who determine to commence home instruction (or who establish residence in the school district after the start of the school year) must submit a Letter of Intent to home school within 14 days following the commencement of home instruction within the school district. You may use the Letter of Intent PDF template (found in the document section below) and email the completed form to letterofintent@schools.nyc.gov.

After a Letter of Intent is sent, what are the next steps?

In order to ensure that your child receives an educational experience aligned to the New York State Education Department (NYSED) Commissioner’s Regulation Part 100.10, there are several forms that you are required to submit over the course of the school year.

You must provide the items listed below each year by the following dates.

Annual Mandated Deadlines

  • On or about July 1, 2021: Submit Letter of Intent [See Part 100.10]
  • On or about August 15, 2021: Submit Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) [See Part 100.10]
    • Part 100.10 provides families four weeks after submission of a Letter of Intent (August 15, for Letters of Intent due on July 1) to submit the completed IHIP form.
  • November 15, 2021: Submit Quarterly Report #1
  • January 31, 2022: Submit Quarterly Report #2
  • April 15, 2022: Submit Quarterly Report #3
  • June 30, 2022: Submit Quarterly Report #4 and Annual Assessment

Dates for Quarterly Reports 1 – 3 are suggested by the Central Office of Home Schooling. Parents may determine actual dates of quarterly reports submission on the final page of IHIP, but reports must be sent in four evenly spaced quarterly intervals. For students entering home schooling during the school year, the number of reports should be proportional to the period of home instruction.

Available Document Templates

To support parents and families, we have provided electronic copies of every form. You are able to download each form in the language you speak at home and fill out the form on your computer or electronic device. A list of the forms is at the bottom of this page.

It is the sole responsibility of the parent or guardian of each child to submit these items on time and according to the mandates of NYSED Commissioner’s Regulation Part 100.10.

Where do I send documentation?

Parents of children who are currently home schooled in NYC must send all compliance items directly to homeschool@schools.nyc.gov. Please note that compliance items including Letters of Intent, Quarterly Reports, IHIPs, and Annual Assessments cannot be accepted via fax.

All documentation must include your child’s name as it appears in our records. For Individualized Home Instruction Plans (IHIP) and Quarterly Reports, please submit only one form per child - do not list multiple children on the same form even if they are in the same grade.

If you have moved or your contact information has changed, please send an email to homeschool@schools.nyc.gov along with the student name to avoid any delays.

What if I no longer home school my children?

If you are no longer a New York City homeschooling family, please email homeschool@schools.nyc.gov and provide a brief description of the circumstances, which may include the following:

  • If your child has completed homeschooling for the school year in which they turn 17 years old, your child is beyond compulsory age and may be discharged;
  • If your child has transferred to a private, parochial, or non-public school and you still reside in New York City we are able to discharge your child;
  • If you have permanently moved outside of New York City or the United States, and do not plan to return to New York City we are able to discharge your child; or
  • If your child has passed the TASC (formerly GED) assessment we may discharge your child.

What if I want to enroll my children to public school in New York City?

If you decide to enroll your child(ren) in the public school system, you may do so at any time. Reach out to a Family Welcome Center to discuss your options. 

Questions?

Read the NY State Education Department's answers to Frequently Asked Questions about home schooling 

For more detailed information, read the NY State Education Department’s Commissioner’s Regulation Part 100.10.

Documents

Parents and guardians are welcome to use the templates below. All documents are revised as of May, 2021

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