• Private school: Parents may operate a homeschool as a private school. Parents must provide instruction in good citizenship, math, reading, spelling, and grammar. There are no notification, parent qualification, instruction time, bookkeeping, or assessment requirements.

Private Schools

The state’s compulsory attendance law exempts any child who “attends a private or parochial school that includes in its course a study of good citizenship.” See Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 25.086(a)(1).

Notification: None.
Qualifications: None.
Days or hours: None.
Subjects: Good citizenship, math, reading, spelling, and grammar.
Bookkeeping: None.
Assessment: None.
Intervention: None.
Other: n/a

Services Available to Homeschooled Students

Part-time enrollment: Yes, at the district’s discretion. 
Extracurriculars: Yes, at the district’s discretion. 
Disabilities: Yes. 
Other: n/a


Because the exemption to the compulsory attendance law mentions private and parochial schools but not homeschooling, the Texas Education Agency announced in 1985 that homeschooling was illegal. Homeschool parents filed a class action lawsuit, Leeper v. Arlington Indep. Sch. Dist., and in 1987 the court ruled in their favor, arguing that homeschools should be counted as private schools. The court also asserted that the Texas Constitution only authorizes the legislature to maintain public education, not private education.


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Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 25.086(a)(1)

Home School Information, Texas Education Agency

Texas, International Center for Home Education Research

This overview is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving of legal advice.