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IHBG - Home Education

Policy IHBG

Adopted: October 22, 2015
Amended: N/A



The Hopkinton School Committee recognizes and respects the right of parents and or guardians  to educate their child(ren) at home. The Committee appreciates the personal and cultural  uniqueness of each family and desires to ensure that the process by which school officials  approve and review home education programs is both lawful and equitable.  

Parent(s) or guardian(s) planning to undertake a home education program for their six- through  sixteen- year old child(ren) shall inform the Superintendent by completing the Notice of Intent to  Pursue a Program of Home Education (one per child) and submitting it to the Superintendent’s  Office. Incomplete applications will not be approved.  

At the time of submission, the home educator should schedule an appointment with the Superintendent’s Office. The purpose of this meeting will be to ensure that home educators and  school administrators have a mutual understanding concerning the methods that will be used to  assess student educational progress.  

After initial approval, the parent or guardian need only provide an annual statement of intent to  continue the home education program. This statement, along with the agreed- upon assessment(s)  must be submitted annually, by August 31, to the Office of the Superintendent of Schools.  

Home education programs will be considered in an equitable, objective, and timely manner.  Factors that may be considered by the Superintendent in deciding whether or not to approve a  home education proposal are:  

1. The educational program including subjects and instructional materials. In order to meet the specific educational needs of their child(ren), the parent(s) or guardian(s) may adjust the material to achieve the goals of the educational program without further notification to the Superintendent’s office. 

2. The number of instructional hours to be provided in each subject. 

3. The competency of the parent(s)/guardian(s) to teach the child(ren). Home educators need not be licensed as teachers. 

4. A mutually agreeable method of assessment, which corresponds to the type of educational program being followed and may include standardized testing. 

A student who is being educated in a home-based program within the Hopkinton Public School  District shall have access to public school activities of an extra-curricular nature. Home-educated  students participating in extra-curricular activities are subject to the same participation fees, state  and local regulations, and district policies and procedures as enrolled students. Extra-curricular  is defined as programs and activities that take place outside of the regular school educational 

program, are ungraded and receive no academic credit. Examples would include, but not limited  to: Open seats in Virtual High School or TEC, school assemblies/enrichment, and after school  clubs. 

If a student who has been educated at home under an approved program wishes to enroll in the  Hopkinton Public Schools, the decisions on course credit and grade placement are to be made by  the Superintendent on the basis of the home study course content and assessments of the  student’s academic progress. A student, with the approval of the School Committee, may be  awarded a high school diploma if he or she has satisfied the Department of Education’s  competency requirements and has met the District’s educational standards for graduation.  


First Reading

November 15, 2007

September 10, 2015


Second Reading

December 6, 2007

September 24, 2015


Third Reading

December 6, 2007

October 22, 2015



December 6, 2007

October 22, 2015

Legal References

M.G.L. 69:1D; 76:1, Care and Protection of Charles – MASS. Supreme Judicial Court 399 Mass.324 (1987)


Policy Cross References

HHS/HMS Program of Studies

HPS School  Handbooks

HPS Athletic Handbook 

MIAA  Policy Manual


Procedure References

IHBG-FRM1 Notice of Intent to Pursue a  Program of Home Studies


School Committee Policies