If you are new to homeschooling the idea of getting started can feel overwhelming. You most likely want to make sure that you are not missing any steps and getting your ducks in a row. In your research, you have probably come across people talking about a “letter of intent”. This might sound like a very formal document that makes you a little anxious, but don’t worry it’s actually quite simple.

What is a letter of intent to homeschool?

A Letter of Intent is simply a letter that you are providing to the public school district that your child would be attending to let them know that you will be homeschooling for the year. This lets the school know not to expect your child to show up when the first day arrives. Or, if you are pulling them out midyear it explains that they will not be returning to finish the year.

Do I have to send a letter of intent?

The answer to this question depends on where you live. If you live in the state of Kentucky you are required to submit a letter of intent to the school within ten days of the first day of school.

If you are homeschooling in the state of Indiana it is highly suggested that you send a letter of intent, but according to the resources we have found the law doesn’t specifically require it. However, if your child has already been attending school then it’s courteous to let them know that your child will not be returning. Otherwise, you will receive calls and messages stating that your child is absent and the school staff will waste their time preparing for a child that isn’t going to come.

What should be included in a letter of intent?

According to the state of Kentucky, you are required to include the following :

  • Names of children being homeschooled along with their current ages
  • Place of residence
  • Name of homeschool (don’t overthink this you don’t have to file paperwork it’s just whatever name you create)
  • Name of parents/teachers
  • Address of the homeschool

Sample letter of intent

Here are a few samples. Feel free to use the exact wording of these just make sure you swap out your information and the school district information with your own.

Sample 1
Sample 2
Sample 3

You can look up the information for where to submit your letter of intent to on the website of your school district. Make sure that you print two copies. You will mail one and keep the others in your file.