Home School Education
Home School Education is an educational delivery that is directed by the parent or guardian of a child who has been excused from attending school. Under this option, the parent/guardian selects the curriculum and education materials and takes responsibility for educating the child.
The following FAQ was compiled from the Butler County Educational Service Center; Lakota Board Policy 9270; Lakota Administrative Guidelines: Procedures for Educating a Child at Home (ag9270), , Admission of Students from Non-Chartered Schools (ag9270a) and Admission of Students for Part Enrollment (ag9270b); and the Ohio Department of Education's home schooling FAQ.
- How many Lakota students participate in homeschool?
- If I homeschool, will my child be considered truant?
- What is compulsory school age?
- What is part-time enrollment?
- What is the difference between homeschooling and online schools?
- What testing is my homeschooler required to take?
- In what other testing could my homeschooler participate?
In Ohio, a parent/guardian interested in educating his/her child of compulsory school age at home may request that the child be excused from compulsory school attendance (under section 3321.04 (A)(2) of the Ohio Revised Code) for home education purposes. Parents/guardians can request excusal from compulsory school attendance by successfully following the registration process for Home School Education as outlined by their district of residence.
Part-time enrollment is when a student is home schooled for the majority of the day, but chooses to
attend Lakota for a limited number of classes as outlined here.
Part-time enrollment is permitted in Grades K-6 in a maximum of two special subject areas (art, music, technology, or physical education only).
Part-time enrollment is permitted in Grades 7-12 in a maximum of two regularly scheduled or
credit-generating courses. For courses normally requiring a prerequisite, part-time enrolling students are asked to provide the most recent assessment report pertinent to the area in which enrollment is sought.
Consideration for part-time enrollment is subject to the building capacity and class or program size and limitations.
Ohio public eSchools are online community schools and are not the same as home schooling. Even
though students participate in eSchools from home, the online schools are responsible for providing
curriculum and educational resources. Under Ohio law, they are recognized as public schools and
students cannot be enrolled in multiple public schools at one time.
The parent must provide the Butler County Educational Service Center with an annual academic
assessment report, including information related to the assessment used and the performance results of his/her child that confirm that the student has mastered the content of the course. This assessment report should include one the following:
- A written narrative indicating that a portfolio of work done by the child has been reviewed and that the child’s academic progress for the year is in accordance with the child’s abilities;
- Standardized test scores demonstrating the student’s ability; and
- An alternative academic assessment of the child’s proficiency mutually agreed upon by the parent and the Butler County Educational Service Center.
The homeschooled student will be permitted to take achievement/ability tests normally given at each grade by the district. This is to be done cost-free but must be done during the regular testing cycle as outlined by the Ohio Department of Education. It is the parent’s responsibility to make the appropriate arrangements with the school principal. The student may take tests such as the PSAT, ACT, etc. normally given at the high school at the same cost charged to enrolled students.
- What is the registration process for home school education?
- Why do I have to go through Butler County Educational Service Center?
- How do I enroll part-time?
- What do I do if I want to enroll my homeschooled student in the Lakota School District?
- If I enroll my student full time in Lakota, how will they determine my child’s grade-level placement and schedule?
The Butler County Educational Service Center (BCESC) assists the Lakota Local School District in
processing home education notifications. Parents/guardians should visit the BCESC homeschooling website for the actual paperwork and process. Parents/guardians submit the paperwork directly to the BCESC for processing. BCESC will secure approval and signature from Lakota’s superintendent.
The building administration will review the child’s progress and determine grade-level placement. The parent should provide the annual academic assessment reports for the years that the child was
educated at home to assist grade-level placement. Enrollment in advanced coursework will be based on evidence of academic achievement.
In grades 9-12, if the student wishes to enroll, the parent must provide an academic assessment report for each class taken at home. In addition, the school will need the grades from the last public or private school attended. Athletic eligibility will be determined by OHSAA guidelines and district athletic policy.
All home-based, private education courses will be given a grade of P/F (Pass/Fail), and transcripts will denote “home-education, private education” with “P/F grades” and “credits” assigned.
- How do I register my homeschooled student for sports or extracurriculars at Lakota?
- How can I stay connected with my building or with Lakota, even though my student is being homeschooled full-time?
- Can my homeschooled high schooler participate in College Credit Plus (CCP)?
A student who is educated at home is permitted to participate in any extracurricular activity offered in the school district to which the student would otherwise be assigned during the school year. If the district operates more than one school that serves the student’s grade level (as determined by the student’s age and academic performance), the student shall be permitted to participate in the
extracurricular activities at the school to which the student would be assigned by the superintendent.
If the student elects to participate in an extracurricular activity offered by the district, the student is not allowed to participate in that activity at another school or school district to which the student is not entitled to attend.
Contact the building your child would attend for specific information on extracurriculars offered and
Visit the Lakota Communications portal page and select the "Community Member" tab for instructions on setting up a communications account. You will have the opportunity to customize your preferences for receiving community-facing news from the district and/or specific buildings.
Yes, here are the options for a homeschooled student to participate in CCP:
- Enroll in CCP through the homeschooling option and apply for funding through homeschooling, paying the cost of textbooks. Visit the Ohio Department of Education's CCP for Home School Families webpage for more information.
- Enroll part-time in Lakota for up to two credit-bearing courses. These can be CCP courses and would be covered under Lakota’s CCP program. Courses would be transcripted by Lakota for high school credit, in addition to the college credit.
- Courses would still need to be reviewed and approved by Lakota.
- Non-secular courses will not be approved.
- Parents would need to contact ODE to find out how part-time enrollment impacts homeschooling CCP applications and funding.
- Enroll full-time in Lakota and access CCP through Lakota’s CCP program. Visit Lakota's CCP webpage for more program details.
It may be necessary for students to receive instruction at home or during a hospital stay because of an acute medical or psychological condition or an acute phase of a chronic condition that prohibits them from attending school within the district.
If the student is in a hospital, the district may choose to send an instructor to the hospital or reimburse the school district closest to the hospital for educational services rendered. If the student is at home within the district during this period, the district may send an instructor to the home. If the student receives instruction in the home, a letter from the student's physician indicating that the student's condition prohibits him/her from attending school and the anticipated duration of the home stay is required.
Home instruction is a temporary provision of education. Every effort should be made to return the student to school as soon as possible.
A plan for home instruction is developed as a result of a joint decision by the school and parents. Planning for instruction in the home would include the following:
- Assignments that the student is expected to complete
- Identification of texts and other materials that are needed to complete assignments
- Identification of school contact person who will coordinate the plan
- Statement regarding how grades/credit will be assigned
- Frequency and duration of instruction sessions
- Anticipated termination date for home instruction
- Procedure for monitoring home instruction sessions.
If the student is in a hospital, the district may choose to send an instructor to the hospital or provide reimbursement for educational services rendered. If the student is at home within the district during this period, the district may send an instructor to the home. If the student's educational placement is changed to home instruction, a letter from the student's physician or licensed clinical psychologist indicating that the student's condition prohibits him/her from attending the school and the anticipated duration of the home stay is required.
Instruction in the home — whether temporary or a change in a student's educational placement — is a temporary provision of education. Every effort should be made to return the student to school as soon as possible.Instruction in the home — whether temporary or a change in the student's placement within special education — is an IEP Team decision.
- What do I do if I believe my homeschooled student needs to be evaluated for Special Education or on an IEP (Individualized Education Plan)?
- Can my child receive special education services if he/she is homeschooled?
- Can my child be homeschooled and access the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarship?
The district is obligated to identify students who reside within its borders who have a disability.
Anyone can refer a student for an evaluation. These referrals go directly through the a school psychologist. Please contact the school psychologist at the building your child would attend if he/she were enrolled to request an evaluation.
Yes. To access the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarship, a student must have an active IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from Lakota. Parents can provide education through home education and use the scholarship for other services, such as speech therapy or occupational therapy.
For questions about the Jon Peterson or Autism Scholarship, please contact Lakota’s Special Services Department at 513-644-1212.
- How can my homeschooler receive a high school diploma?
- If I plan to enroll my student so that they can graduate with a Lakota diploma, how do I best document his/her educational progress to be sure he/she receives appropriate credit and is placed in the appropriate courses?
Changes to Ohio law may allow some students to receive high school diplomas. Please see
section 3313.6110 of the Ohio Revised Code. If a student enrolls in grades 9-12 and wishes to graduate, he/she must meet the requirements specified in Lakota Board Policy 5460 Graduation Requirements.
To be eligible for awards such as Valedictorian, Salutatorian, Distinguished Scholar, Ohio Academic Scholarship, National Honor Society, etc., the student must be enrolled for three, consecutive semesters prior to the second semester of the senior year and must have a total of seven semesters at the high school.
If you are planning to enroll your child full-time with the intent of receiving a Lakota diploma, please contact Lakota's director of secondary curriculum and instruction to review your documentation. The director will provide guidance as to what documentation is necessary to ensure appropriate grade/class placement.
Executive Director, Curriculum & Instruction