Homeschooling in New York State

Homeschooling in New York State: A Guide for Parents

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    We would highly recommend Ally! Our son always asks about her, so very thankful to Brooklyn Letters for introducing us.
    ~ Emily, mom of Brooklyn 2 year old
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    Nicole has been an amazing therapist!! She played a tremendous role in our daughter’s speech progress and overall development. She has come such a long way and we are so happy with the therapy she received!
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    I cannot express how grateful and rewarding my experience with Brooklyn Letters has been. Her tutor Ms. Daria is so knowledgeable, amazing, kind and awesome. My daughter has made so much progress in Literacy and Math and it's all … More thanks to Ms. Daria. I know my daughter is sad that she can no longer work with Ms. Daria, as she looked forward to their sessions every week. Thank you again!
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    Excellent services, caring therapists.
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    Christina was absolutely wonderful. She went out of her way to win my son over and it worked. He looked forward to her visits and his speech improved so much under her care. She was super flexible and it’s clear she truly cares. We adore … More Christina and we’re going to miss her. Almost sad he improved so much! She’s simply amazing and we can’t say enough how great she is. I would recommend her services to anyone and everyone, without hesitation. Thank you so much for connecting us with her!
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    We could not be happier with the services Valerie provided! She is very thoughtful and knowledgeable and provided significant guidance to support our daughter's speech development outside of our scheduled sessions. She established … More a great working relationship with her, and she will definitely be missed! Your business model is amazing and it was an absolute pleasure working with Valerie. I've referred your organization and Valerie to the Executive Director of our daughter's school and friends/colleagues who are in need of speech therapy services.
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    We cannot say enough good things about Effie, the ASL teacher, who was so engaged and effective with our 2 year old daughter from the very first session! Effie gladly included our whole family in the sessions! Her expertise and fantastic … More personality gave our daughter a way to communicate that she was so desperately seeking. The coordinators at Brooklyn Letters were so helpful and communicative…I would highly recommend their services!
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    Ron and Ken are great guys to work with.
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    Samantha Dalmas was fantastic! We saw her for a feeding therapy evaluation and while she doesn’t think my daughter needs more feeding therapy sessions at this time, but she gave me lots of tips to try. If my daughter's doctors want … More to see more progress at her next appointment, I wouldn’t hesitate to reach out to Samantha again.
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    Amazing assistance provided by Shannon today on my security system. I’m so grateful for your prompt, efficient, professional, and courteous service. Put me down as a customer for life!
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    One of the most painless experiences I've had. They came on time and was over the moon professional with still keeping a level of personability to it. The gentleman also went out of his way to say that my husband and Mines business … More was appreciated. Which is actually rare to be appreciated by such a great company. So thank you and we look forward to continuing services with this company.
  • Avatar Megan Magsam ★★★★★ 2 years ago
    I am so happy we decided to go with cornerstone. They were quick and efficient. Shannon and the installer we very friendly. We got a lot of equipment and it was still within our budget. 10/10 would definitely recommend! Thank you
  • Avatar Collins Youngblood ★★★★★ a year ago
    Love the customer service and Shanon and his team go above and beyond for my restaurant. Couldn't of asked for a better security system and level of service that his team provides.
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    I have been using Cornerstone Protection service for over 5 years and I'm really happy with the service and state-of-the-art equipments and it's futures are so much in advance and friendly, I highly recommend Cornerstone Protection … More Service any and all business that need a security protection days and nights specially after business hours(Cornerstone Protection is perfect solution for your business). Owner of Cornerstone Protection is proactive with their customers and their equipments. Good experienced with Cornerstone Protection!!!
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  • Avatar Liz Jones ★★★★ 2 years ago
    We had a very positive experience with Alissa as a tutor for our pod of 5th grade boys from January - June 2020. She cared a lot about the boys and worked hard to create meaningful activities for them. The pod experience was invaluable … More for all of our families during a difficult year and we were so grateful to have found this partnership! We also want to appreciate Craig for helping to match us with a tutor on very short notice after we had cycled through a few folks who were not able to see the commitment through. Thanks for sticking with us!
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    Dusty was the exact person we needed to help our child finish out the school year. So grateful to him for the way he steadily encouraged her and helped her stay on track and organized. He is flexible, responsive to our needs/schedule as … More a family, and a delight to be with. We are also thankful that Craig at Themba Tutors really "gets it" and partnered us with such a wonderful tutor who was a great fit for our girl.
  • Avatar Nicole May ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    My child worked with Gillian D virtually for math enrichment. She is an excellent teacher. She took time to understand my child's specific learning style and provided tools that would be engaging. She was kind and empathetic- really … More made it her goal to connect with my child and build trust and rapport. My child started the school year with confidence and without the typically "brain-drain" that occurs over the summer, thanks to Gillian.
  • Avatar Gillian Davidoff ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    I am going into my second year as a Themba tutor. I have met so many great individuals while working for this company. Craig and the rest of the Themba team do such an excellent job picking and choosing Themba tutors that suit each client's … More individual needs! I look forward to meeting new tutors and clients in the 2021-2022 school year!
  • Avatar carolina luttmann ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Our son started in a new high school, 100% remote, and was really struggling with Latin and Physics. I found Themba Tudors online and had an initial call with Craig, who was very knowledgeable, responsive, and found 2 amazing tutors for … More us. Both the Latin and the physics tutors were fantastic, connected with my son really well and helped him go from 'failing' grade to 'honors'! I will for sure continue using (and recommending!) Themba Tutors. Thank you, C, K, and W!
  • Avatar Eric Fingerman ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Brian is a fantastic executive functioning coach. Super helpful, flexible with hours, and tailored the experience to our needs.
  • Avatar Susan Wong ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    Giulia Mercuri is a great Italian tutor! She was very responsive and accessible. Giulia put a ton of effort into preparing for each session and really helped our son with test preparation and projects. We are grateful that she was able … More to help, especially since our son did not receive any live teaching during COVID. We are happy that she was referred to us!
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    As an adult student diagnosed with a learning disability during grad school, I knew I needed help dealing with my Master's program's demanding workload. I was seriously considering dropping out when I was referred to Themba Tutors. … More I was paired up with a wonderful tutor, Julie, who was a total lifesaver. I learned many techniques that I can utilize in the future as I embark on the next phase of my career.
    I can wholeheartedly say after working with Themba for two years that I would not have finished my program without this organization. And I am so thankful I selected them.
  • Avatar Fabiola FITZPATRICK ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We were introduced to a wonderful tutor: Mcedwyn. He and our son, a freshman in college, worked well together. As a result, our son’s grades significantly improved. The tutor taught our son subject content and various methods to effectively … More study for quizzes and exams. Our son was also taught time management and organization. My son’s experience with the tutor made the first year of college a less intimidating experience.
  • Avatar Jude Eugene ★★★★★ 3 years ago
    We have been with our tutor, Cailin Schiller, for two years, from 5th - 7th grade. She started as an executive functioning tutor with my daughter. From the start, she demonstrated a depth of expertise and a selective use of techniques skillfully … More adapted to my daughter’s ADHD and Math disability. Cailin made Math accessible and understandable to her in a way that even her teachers had not been able to do. She differentiated reading, writing and math tasks and assignments to tailor them to my daughter’s unique learning differences. Not only did it have an effect on her grades and her work efficiency, but she finally could do her work with less anxiety. Even my daughter’s teachers used Cailin’s guidance to modify their work with her. But most importantly, she became my daughter’s favorite resource. I can’t say how invaluable Cailin has been to my daughter’s progress and well-being. I’d recommend her a million times over. She is a gem.
  • Avatar Janice Eidus ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Victoria is a superb tutor. She helped my high school age daughter with her writing. Victoria's skills as a tutor, as well as her sense of humor and her engaging personality went a long way with my daughter.
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    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
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    Themba Tutors provided a leaning specialist that was a perfect fit for my daughter. I told them what we were looking for and they delivered. Our tutor is responsive and flexible and makes it easy for my daughter to reach out to her own … More her own, which gives her an added sense of responsibility over her learning. As a therapist myself, I now regularly recommend Themba to my patients. A much needed and well provided service to the community!!
  • Avatar Frances Simpson ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
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    I'm so glad we were referred to Themba Tutors. After a great initial conversation to learn our needs, we were connected with an excellent tutor, Felicia, who is helping our high school daughter learn better organizational and executive … More skills. Highly recommended.
  • Avatar Nina Herman ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    We had a wonderful experience with our tutor Micaela. She helped our son not only academically but at every level. We will be forever grateful to have her in our lives.
  • Avatar Frances ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    The tutors at Themba are fantastic! Caitlyn McNeill helped our son academically, but also with getting organized in every subject, which he so desperately needed. She offered great advice and useful strategies that helped our son become … More a more successful student. We are using Themba tutors again this year for our daughter. We're so happy to have been referred to them!
  • Avatar Michael Birnbaum ★★★★★ 4 years ago
    Paul Smith at Themba has been an exceptional tutor for my son, both in terms of teaching the subject matter and teaching how best to approach the process of learning math and executing assignments. We feel very fortunate to be working with … More Paul.
  • Avatar Monica Alzate ★★★★★ 5 years ago
    We were very lucky to have found Edwouine Swift, my son's therapist through Themba Tutors. Thomas is 12 years old, and it is extremely difficult to get him to write. Edwouine just works her magic with him, he adores her and is so … More eager to follow her guidance. I have no doubt she will be a positive driving force in his academic future.

HOMESCHOOLING IN NEW YORK STATE:

A Guide for Parents

Homeschooling in New York State

Homeschooling is a growing educational option for parents in New York State who seek a personalized and flexible approach to their children’s education. Whether you’re considering homeschooling as an alternative to traditional schooling or because of recent changes in the educational landscape, this detailed handbook will assist you in navigating the intricacies of homeschooling in the Empire State.

Understanding New York Homeschooling Regulations

Before you embark on your homeschooling journey, you must grasp the legal requirements in New York State. The state has specific regulations that must be followed. To ensure compliance with New York State homeschooling laws, it is essential to follow these specific requirements:

  1. Submit a Letter of Intent: You must submit a Letter of Intent by July 1st or within 14 days of establishing your new homeschool program during the school year. We recommend emailing your notice of intent to [email protected] (for homeschooling letters of intent only). For all other inquiries and document submissions, please use [email protected].
  2. Submit an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP): By August 15th, or within four weeks of obtaining the school district’s IHIP form, you should submit an IHIP. This plan should include a list of your syllabi, curriculum materials, method of instruction, dates for submitting quarterly reports, and details about the instructor.
  3. Meet Attendance and Subject Requirements: Maintain daily/hourly attendance records to demonstrate that your child meets the “substantial equivalent” of 180 days per year. For grades 1-6, this translates to an hourly attendance average of 900 hours, approximately 20 hours per week of instruction. The requirement for grades 7-12 is 990 school hours per year.
  4. File Quarterly Reports: Regularly file quarterly reports with the district superintendent, including your quarterly instructional hours, descriptions of the subject material covered, and corresponding grades or evaluations for each subject.
  5. Assess the Student: Evaluate your student using a written narrative or a standardized test. Grades 1-3 can choose either assessment method, while grades 4th-8th are required to take a standardized test at least every other year. In high school, standardized testing is mandatory every year.

By following these procedures, you may ensure that your homeschooling program conforms to New York State’s homeschooling rules.

New York Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)

Section 100.10(c)(1) of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education mandates that the local school district furnish parents with a designated form for the submission of an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP). Nevertheless, some school districts distribute documents that request additional information beyond the regulation’s specifications. In such cases, HSLDA suggests employing the IHIP form we crafted for compliance.

Please note that your local school district (LSD) will be sending you an individualized home instruction plan (IHIP) to complete. If your child is diagnosed with autism and you wish to use some of the ABA programs being conducted at your child’s school, you will need to list that in the curriculum portion of the IHIP. It is up to the LSD to determine if that programming is substantially equivalent and adheres to Part 100.10 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for home instruction.

Homeschooling in New York State

Attendance Requirements

Each child is required to participate in instruction as outlined below:

1. The homeschooling program must provide the equivalent of 180 days of instruction during each school year.
2. For students in grades 1 through 6, the total cumulative hours of instruction should amount to 900 hours per year. Meanwhile, for students in grades 7 through 12, the cumulative hours of instruction should be 990 hours per year.
3. Absences will be allowed under the same conditions and policies established by the school district for its enrolled students.
4. Parents are responsible for maintaining records of their child’s attendance and must be prepared to furnish them to the school district upon request.
5. Instructional sessions outside the parents’ primary residence must occur in a building that complies with local building codes.
6. In exceptional circumstances, such as a State of emergency, the Governor declares, according to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis, a student may be exempted from the required number of instructional days and hours. This exemption applies if the home instruction program cannot provide the prescribed instructional days and hours but maintains continuity of learning for the student.

Subject Requirements

The subject requirements are outlined below:

1. Grades K–12

  • Patriotism and citizenship
  • About substance abuse
  • Traffic safety (including bike safety)
  • Fire safety

And at least once before grade 9

**US and New York history and constitutions

2. Grades 1–6
Arithmetic, Reading, Spelling, Writing, English, Geography, US History, Science, Health, Music, Visual arts, Physical education

3. Grades 7–8
English (2 credits), History and geography (2 credits), Science (2 credits), Mathematics (2 credits), Art (½ credit), Music (½ credit), Physical education (on a regular basis), Health Education (on a regular basis), Practical arts (on a regular basis), Library skills (on a regular basis)

4. Grades 9–12
Mathematics (2 credits), English (4 credits), Social studies, including American history, participation in government, and economics (4 credits), Science (2 credits), Art or music (1 credit), Health (½ credit), Physical education (2 credits), Electives (3 credits).

NOTE: 1 credit is equal to 108 hours of education.

Homeschooling in New York State

Quarterly Reports

Quarterly reports, to be submitted by the dates specified in the IHIP, must include the following information:
1. The total number of instructional hours completed during the respective quarter.
2. A comprehensive description of the content covered in each subject listed in the IHIP.
3. Either a graded assessment for the child in each topic or a written narrative assessing the youngster’s progress.
4. In cases where less than 80 percent of the prescribed course materials, as outlined in the IHIP, have been covered in any subject during that quarter, a written explanation is required.

Parents have the flexibility to choose any format when submitting quarterly reports.

Students Assessment

An annual assessment is a mandatory requirement every year. For students in grades 1-3, two options are available: 

  • standardized test
  • written narrative evaluation

For students in grades 4-8, standardized testing is obligatory at least once every two years, with the written narrative evaluation serving as an alternative in the years when standardized testing is not used. For example, you could choose a written narrative assessment in grade 4 but must opt for a standardized test in fifth grade, and so forth. In high school, standardized testing is required annually.

Standardized tests can be administered in various settings, including the local public school or a registered nonpublic school. With the superintendent’s consent, you can arrange for the test to be conducted at your home or another suitable location, either by a New York–certified teacher or another qualified individual (including a student’s parent). To secure consent, you need to inform the superintendent in your third quarterly report of the test you intend to use and the identity of the test administrator.

To indicate satisfactory growth, your student’s composite score should be above the 33rd percentile or reflect at least one academic year of growth compared to a test administered in the previous school year.

You have the option to select from the following approved tests:

1. Iowa Test of Basic Skills
2. California Achievement Test
3. Stanford Achievement Test
4. Comprehensive Test of Basic Skills
5. Metropolitan Achievement Test (retired)
6. A State Education Department Test, or
7. Another State Education Department-approved test is the Personalized Achievement Summary System (PASS).

A certified teacher, a peer group assessment panel for home education, or another individual, with the consent of the local superintendent, can conduct written narrative evaluations. Like the standardized test, you can secure implied assent by stating in your third quarterly report to the superintendent that you plan to submit a written narrative evaluation, along with the details of the evaluator.

Homeschooling in New York State

Conclusion: Homeschooling in New York State

Homeschooling in New York State represents a flexible and increasingly popular educational choice for parents seeking a personalized approach to their children’s learning journey. This guide underscores the importance of understanding and complying with the state’s homeschooling regulations, which involve the submission of a Letter of Intent, an Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP), and regular assessments. Parents are encouraged to choose an approach that aligns with their child’s learning style and goals, ensuring a rich and adaptable educational experience.

Homeschooling in New York empowers parents to provide a high-quality education tailored to their child’s needs, fostering a love of learning and individualized growth. It is a pathway that allows families to confidently navigate the educational landscape and create well-rounded, self-directed learners poised for success in the future.

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Meet Craig Selinger, the passionate owner behind Themba Tutors, a renowned practice specializing in executive function coaching and tutoring. Together with his team of multidisciplinary professionals, they bring their extensive knowledge to numerous locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, Bronx, Westchester, Long Island, New Jersey, and Connecticut, as well as offering remote services. As a licensed speech-language pathologist in the state of NY, executive functioning coach, and educational specialist with an impressive track record spanning over two decades, Craig has professionally assisted thousands of families. Craig's proficiency encompasses a wide spectrum of areas, including language-related learning challenges such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. He is also well-versed in executive functioning, ADHD/ADD, and various learning disabilities. What truly distinguishes Craig and his team is their unwavering commitment to delivering comprehensive support. By actively collaborating with the most esteemed professionals within the NYC metropolitan region – from neuropsychologists to mental health therapists and allied health experts – they create a network of expertise.
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