The Newton Public Schools recognizes and respects the right of parents or guardians to educate their child(ren) at home, in accordance with Massachusetts General Law Chapter 76, Section 1 and the Charles Decision of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.The School 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. Therefore, the Newton Public Schools has established these procedures for home education.Home Education Procedures
Parent(s) or guardian(s) planning to undertake a home education program for their child(ren) shall inform the Newton Public Schools by completing the Notice of Intent to Pursue a Program of Home Education form prior to commencing a home education program. We expect to receive completed applications by August 31st. Home education plans are approved for one year at a time.
The home education program shall be considered in an equitable, objective, and timely manner. Factors that may be considered by the superintendent or his/her designee in deciding whether or not to approve a home education proposal are:
a. Daily logs, journals, progress reports, portfolios or dated work samples,b. An independent report made by someone acceptable to the Superintendent or designee,c. Standardized test results,d. Consultation with the Superintendent or designee,e. Any other method agreed to by both the Superintendent and home educator(s).Home educated students do not participate in state testing programs such as MCAS.Newton Public Schools is not responsible to supply textbooks or instructional materials to home schooling students.
- The academic background, life experiences and/or other qualities of those who will be instructing child(ren), as they relate to the educational program. Home educators need not be certified teachers nor have any diplomas or degrees.
- An overview of the educational program that is to include subjects and instructional materials to be used. 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.
- A statement concerning instructional hours that will be followed. Massachusetts State Law requires a minimum of 900 hours of instructional time per year for elementary students and 990 hours per year for secondary students.
- A mutually agreeable method of assessment which corresponds to the type of educational program being followed. Such assessment may include one or more of the following: