Required Documentation

  • 1 - Notice of Intent

    due July 1 or within 14 days after commencing home instruction

    ***Please contact your district’s registrar to establish residency within the school district if you have not already done so. Districts may also request evidence of compulsory age.

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  • 2 - Individualized Home Instruction Plan (IHIP)

    Due August 15 or within four weeks after commencing home instruction

    A separate, written IHIP must be submitted for each child being instructed at home. The required contents of an IHIP are set out in Commissioner’s Regulation 100.10(d). Information on required courses, by grade level, can be found in Commissioner’s Regulation 100.10(e).

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  • 3 - Quarterly Reports (K-12)

    due by dates indicated on IHIP (spaced in even and logical periods)

    separate, written Quarterly Report must be submitted for each quarter and each child being instructed at home. Please note any changes to physical/mailing address, district of residency, parent contact information, etc. Changes to instruction such as adjustment of content, subjects, or instructors should be reflected on a revised IHIP.

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  • 4 - Annual Assessment

    due with 4th quarter report by June 30th 

    Requirements and guidelines for assessment are outlined in Commissioner’s Regulation 100.10(h). Standardized tests are required for children in grades 9-12 while a written narrative assessment is expected for children in grades 1-3. Children in grades 4-8 are required to take a standardized test at least every other year. Parents are responsible for the purchase of testing materials and arranging for them to be administered. Test results are due with the 4th quarter report so it is important to allow ample time for ordering, shipping (if applicable), and scoring. Only copies of official test results from the testing service will be accepted as evidence of testing.

    2019-2020 NOTICE: An emergency amendment has been proposed by the Board of Regents which includes the following language pertaining to home instruction:  "Section 100.10(h) is amended to provide that an alternative form of evaluation, in lieu of an annual assessment, shall be permitted for all grades in the 2019-20 school year due to the State of Emergency declared by the Governor pursuant to an Executive Order for the COVID-19 crisis..." Additional NYSED updates can be found on the NYSED News 2020 page.

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Submit Paperwork

  • To submit completed paperwork, you may email the home instruction office or traditional mail it to:

    Home Instruction Office
    555 Warren Road, Building J
    Ithaca, NY 14850

Local Organizations and Support Groups

  • 4-H through Cornell Cooperative Extension

  • Families Learning Science Together (FLST)

  • Family Unschoolers Network

  • Hangar Theatre

  • Loving Education at Home (LEAH)

  • Northern Light Learning Center

  • Paleontological Research Institute

  • Primitive Pursuits

  • Project Look Sharp

  • The Finnstitute - Center Ithaca

  • Tompkins County Public Library