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HomeHomeschooling Definition

Homeschooling Definition

Definition and Clarification of Homeschooling Section 29.916 of the Texas Education Code states,

[A] "Home-schooled student" means a student who predominantly receives instruction in a general elementary or secondary education program that is provided by the parent, or a person standing in parental authority, in or through the child's home.

PEACH’s Guidance Regarding Texas’ Homeschool Definition PEACH adheres to Section 29.916 Texas Education Code’s definition of homeschooling. PEACH considers enrollment in a public school to be mutually exclusive of homeschooling. To further clarify, PEACH does not consider enrollment in non-homeschool program1 for more than three full days per week (cumulatively) as homeschooling.

Further, if children are enrolled in non-homeschool programs, for three or less full days per week (cumulatively) the balance of the week should be spent in typical homeschooling curricula taught by the parent or a person standing in parental authority, in or through the child's home or taught by someone specifically chosen by the parents for a specific subject. This definition does not apply to distance learning or virtual academies.

This is due to the fact that while these environments simulate traditional classroom settings they are still confined to the student's home environment, and meet the definition of typical homeschooling curricula taught by the parent or a person standing in parental authority, in or through the child's home. For families where some children are homeschooled and some are not homeschooled, only the homeschooled children are eligible to participate in PEACH sponsored groups (e.g., Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.). The only exception to this is for those parents who have attained a waiver from the PEACH Board.

Non-Homeschool programs include:
1.A public school,
2.A secular private school,
3.A Christian private school,
4.A charter school,
5.A University Model School (UMS),
6.A CoOp or Any other organized education.