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As of 2018, Maryland is officially in the minority of states that do not allow homeschoolers the opportunity to participate in any after-school activities, including sports. Currently, 26 other states have decided that, YES, homeschoolers should be given equal access to participate in extracurricular clubs and after-school sports.

The following states specfically allow homeschoolers full access to all after school activities:

  • Arizona
  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Colarado
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • Nebraska
  • New Hampshire
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

In addition to the above list, Arkansas, Hawaii, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Texas, and Vermont have passed laws that allow individual school districts to decide if homeschoolers can participate in their sports programs.

Determining Eligibility

All states that allow sports participation also require that homeschooled students prove academic eligibility. The most common way to prove this is through part-time public school enrollment. For example, some states require that homeschoolers take up to 50% of their academic courses at a public school. These classes can be exclusively elective classes or can include core subjects.

In other cases, states require homeschoolers to submit quarterly portfolio reviews or standardized test scores, rather than attend public school classes. In other cases, states require a meeting with the school principal to determine academic abilities.

The information on this page is provided for informational purposes only. It is not considered legal advice.



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