Please read the information below and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) as your questions may be answered there.
Home schooling in New Mexico is when a parent or legal guardian of a school-age person operates a home study program, including, but not limited to, reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Students who are home schooled are not considered public school students.
The NMPED Home School System is the online home school notification database for the State of New Mexico. Parent accounts allow families to easily notify the NMPED of the enrollment and disenrollment of children in home schooling each year. Once an account is created, parents can login to provide annual notification to NMPED, update contact details, change geographic school district (if moved), and provide enrollment/disenrollment information. In addition, parents will be able to print an official verification of enrollment notification, with the State of NM seal, at any time. This online registration replaces the Letter of Intent to the Public Education Department Secretary.
Parents/legal guardians must notify the state of the establishment of a home school within thirty (30) days of withdrawal from public/private school and re-notify the state on or before August 1st of each year thereafter. Notification must also be made to the NMPED when a student moves or enters a public or private school from home school. This can be done via the NMPED Home School System by logging into the account created by either a parent or legal guardian.
Please note that, in accordance with the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, a student’s education records are maintained confidential to the extent permitted by law. Additionally, the Public Education Department has not designated information within the agency as directory information as provided in 34 CFR § 99.37.
If you would like to enroll a student in home school:
Registration for the 2021-2022 school year will open on or after June 15, 2021. The home school database system is set for 2020-2021 until then.
- Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and the Statutes Pertaining to Home School
- Read the appropriate instructions for your circumstance:
- Returning Enrollment Instructions for returning home schoolers who submitted notification last school year 2019-2020.
- New Enrollment Instructions for families new to home schooling.
- Documentation regarding the System Security.
- Go to the NM PED Home School System log into your account and notify for 2020-2021. (If you are new to home schooling or did not home school in 2019-2020, you must first create an account, add your child to your account, and then ENROLL the child for the current school year. PLEASE use instructions listed above.)
- Please be sure to withdraw your child from the school/district that he/she attended previously. The school/district may ask for evidence that you registered for home school. To print an official letter of confirmation of home school notification (with the state seal) from the NM PED Home School System, please login to your Home School System account and click Parent – View/Print Enrollments.
- If you decide to enroll your child in a public or private school in NM in the future, please be sure to log into the Home School System and click Parent -> Disenroll to withdraw from home schooling.
- Families can elect to operate a home school at any time. However, the state law requires that notification be provided each year thereafter by August 1st. Please maintain your login User ID and password in order to re-enroll your child in home school each academic year.
For home school families who elect not to use a computer or mobile device to provide notification of home schooling via the online database, you may print, sign, and mail in a Hard Copy. The data will then be entered into the database by the NMPED staff. Parents are advised to mail the form via Certified Return Receipt or other delivery verification for their records.
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