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Homeschooling in North Carolina

Homeschooling in North Carolina

Please note, this is not intended as legal advice. This is for informational purposes only and should you choose to Homeschool in North Carolina then you need to double check the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education website for current regulations.

North Carolina Homeschool Laws Homeschooling in North Carolina Planning on homeschooling in North Carolina? Make sure you're following these regulations so your homeschool stays in compliance with North Carolina homeschool regulations.

North Carolina has very low regulations when it comes to homeschooling your kids. To open a homeschool in North Carolina, parents must:

  • Parents must have at least a high school diploma (or equivalent).
  • Families must file a notice of intent to homeschool with the NC Department of Non-Public Education (NCDNPE).
  • Families should keep attendance and immunization records on file for each homeschool student.
  • Homeschooled students should take a nationally standardized test each year and keep the results on record for one year.
  • The homeschool should operate on a regular schedule for at least nine months of the school year.
  • Families should notify the NCDNPE when closing their homeschool

The best way to stay on top of changes in homeschool regulations is to connect with other local homeschoolers in North Carolina.

North Carolina Secular Homeschool Groups

Apex Inclusive Homeschoolers

“A group of homeschoolers located in Apex, North Carolina and surrounding areas. It does not matter what your religious beliefs are or the lifestyle you choose to live, everyone is welcome!”

Inclusive Homeschoolers of Cabarrus County – A Secular Homeschool Group

Feel like you don’t fit into any of the typical homeschool groups? Feel like a misfit in the homeschool world? This is a non-religious, non-political, inclusive homeschool group.

Everyone is Welcome regardless of curriculum, race, religion, sexuality, gender identity, etc.

Cary Homeschoolers

“Founded in 2001 as a welcoming, all-inclusive, secular homeschool socialization and support group, Cary Homeschoolers, Inc. (CHS) grew rapidly and now has about 200 member families with almost 500 students of all ages. Membership is open to all homeschooling families in and around Cary, NC. We do not require or endorse adherence to any particular belief system, educational method, or philosophy.”

Catawba County Homeschool Community

“(CCHC) is a secular group for home educators open to families in and around Catawba County.”

Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers

“Chapel Hill-Durham Homeschoolers (CHDH) is a non-sectarian, all-inclusive homeschool community for Chapel Hill, Durham, and surrounding communities.”

Fayetteville Secular Homeschoolers

“This group was created for families who wish to connect with fellow secular homeschooling in and around Fayetteville, NC. “

Gaston Adventures in Learning

“G.A.I.L. is a non-traditional secular homeschool group of freethinkers and life learners.”

Homeschool Explorers

“Homeschool Explorers is a diverse, secular, and inclusive homeschool cooperative serving Wake County, North Carolina and surrounding counties.”

NC Happy Secular Homeschooling

This is a Homeschool/Unschool page for families in the NC area who are teaching their children at home for reasons that are Not religion-based.

Onslow Secular Homeschoolers

“Onslow Secular Homeschoolers is an inclusive homeschooling organization in the Onslow County, North Carolina area, serving families across a diverse spectrum of home schooling styles and philosophies. Since we are an inclusive group, all members’ beliefs, racial, and cultural backgrounds will be respected.”

PARACHUTE! Secular Homeschool Group

“PARACHUTE! is a Homeschool group focused on fun, learning, bonding, and exploring. We are based out of Wilmington/Hampstead/RockyPoint and other surrounding areas. Our age range is 5 or almost 5 and up. We are unaffiliated in anyway and welcome anyone regardless of curriculum, religion, lack of religion, teaching style or any other factor. No judgement of any sort is allowed in our group and everyone is welcome to their own thoughts, opinions and beliefs.”

North Carolina Piedmont-Triad Secular Homeschoolers

“This is a place to share local events, organize outings and activities with one another, ask questions, and offer general support.”

North Charlotte Secular Homeschool Community

“This is an open social group based from the North Charlotte Secular Homeschool Co-op. “

Wilmington CIRCLE

“CIRCLE (Children Involved in a Respectful Co-operative Learning Environment) is an all-inclusive, secular homeschool community and does not discriminate against anyone regarding religion, politics, race, gender, sexuality, age, educational methods, or other differentiating factors. The group is open to families seeking a respectful co-operative learning environment and community. All ages are welcome, from infants through adults.


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