Department of Education Requirements

Department of Education Requirements in Hawaiʻi

What are the requirements for homeschooling in Hawai'i?

If you’re reading this post I’m going to assume you are interested in homeschooling your keiki (child/children) and most likely wondering about Hawaiʻiʻs Department of Educationʻs requirements. Well, I hope my post in addition this awesome resource will help you in navigating your unique homeschooling path. 

Okay, now that you’ve decided to take the leap there are a few things to figure out first. You may want to read a previous post of mine before going any further if you haven’t already. Here’s a link to my post regarding  “Hawaiian Kingdom Law-Education“.

Awesome! So now that we have that out of the way. You can see how this becomes a gray area. Like I had mentioned in my previous post, I literally just learned about these laws of the Hawaiian Kingdom. However, now that I have this information I still need to figure out what I’m going to do with it.

Okay, if you’re feeling lost in translation right now its okay, it will help you to read my previous post. Then maybe this post will make more sense, I hope. Anyways, where were we? Oh yes!, since I’m new to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s laws I can’t offer any guidance in that area. I can, however, share with you the path I did take to get my homeschooling journey started.

Department of Education Requirements



Meeting the Department of Education Requirements...

Prior to homeschooling, I had my school-aged keiki in public school. So, naturally, I went to the Internet and searched “homeschooling in Hawai’i”. OMG! There were millions of results that popped up. It was a bit shocking. Of course, the Department of Education was one of the top results, if not the top result.

I ultimately chose the Department of Education’s website since it seemed like the logical choice at the time. After I read their page, I printed up the forms they provided on their page; filled them out and turned them in. The Registrar at the school was very helpful and that was that. It appeared I was stressing for no reason, right? Wrong! The Department of Education requires that you also submit an annual report.

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What is an annual report and why do I have to do one?

Basically, the annual report is to show the school that your child is learning. There are various ways to accomplish this that I won’t go into here, however, you can read more about what Iʻve done here.  I will also post a link at the bottom that will direct you to the Hawaiʻi Department of Educationʻs website regarding  Homeschool requirements.

In addition, they say its mandatory for your keiki to be tested in grades 3, 5, 8, and 10. When they call me I just politely decline and let them know that I will conduct the standardized test myself and submit the results later.

I’ve found that by doing the standardized test at the end of each year it kills two birds with one stone; since it serves as my annual reporting as well as the Department of Educationʻs required standardized testing in the respective grades mentioned.

There are other considerations when dealing with the Department of Education, however, I just wanted to touch on what I feel are the basics to get started. Follow this link to the Department of Education’s homeschooling page for the full rundown. Also please feel free to contact me at If you have any questions regarding what I just shared.

Till next time. Have a blessed day and an awesome journey!

P.S. – If youʻd like to learn more about homeschooling (which you probably do), please click here to find out more!


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