“‘Home school’ means the operation by the parent of a school-age person of a home study program of instruction that provides a basic academic educational program, including reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.” See N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 22-1-2(E) and 22-1-2.1.
Parents must register a home school with the state Public Education Department within 30 days of establishing a home school. Parents must also notify the state department by August 1st of each following year of the continued operation of the home school. Notification must also be made when a student moves or enrolls in a public or private school. The Public Education Department operates an online system for notification. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(A).
Instruction must be provided by a person with at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(C).
Parents must provide “a basic academic educational program,” including reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2(E).
Parents must maintain students’ immunization records or waiver of the requirement. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(B).
Yes, at the district’s discretion.
New Mexico repealed its testing requirements for homeschoolers in 2001.
In August, 2018, the Public Education Department changed requirements for parents to register their children to be homeschooled. A group of parents and homeschooled children staged a protest because they felt the “PED” had overstepped its authority by requiring them to sign the new Statements of Understanding form that lists 11 responsibilities parents have when homeschooling their children. Parents felt that numerous unwarranted requirements were put on homeschool parents through the law, such as how many hours parents must spend teaching their students per day and per year in various grade levels. Those who’ve refused to sign the “SoUs” (as advised by HSLDA) haven’t been able to dual-enroll their child for classes at Central New Mexico Community College. New Mexico Education Secretary Christopher Ruszkowski replied with the following statement in response: Every family that has elected to homeschool their child will be receiving a registration number in the coming days so that they can continue on their educational journey—and we will continue to listen to feedback from parents.
This overview is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving of legal advice. Page last updated April 2023.