New Mexico

  • Homeschool statute: Parents must provide annual notice to the Superintendent of Education, have a high school diploma or its equivalent, and offer 180 days of instruction in reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. Parents must maintain immunization records, but there are no other bookkeeping requirements and there is no assessment requirement.

Homeschool Statute

“‘Home school’ means the operation by the parent of a school-age person of a home study program of instruction that provides a basic academic educational program, including reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies and science.” See N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 22-1-2(E) and 22-1-2.1.

Notification: Parents must notify the state superintendent within 30 days of establishing a homeschool. Parents must also notify the state superintendent by August 1st of each following year; this notice must identify the local school district. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(A).
Qualifications: Instruction must be provided by a person with at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(C).
Days or hours: 180 days. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-12-2(B).
Subjects: Parents must provide “a basic academic educational program,” including reading, language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2(E).
Bookkeeping: Parents must maintain students’ immunization records. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 22-1-2.1(B).
Assessment: None.
Intervention: None.
Other: n/a

Services Available to Homeschooled Students

Part-time enrollment: Yes, at the district’s discretion. 
Extracurriculars: Yes. 
Special needs: No. 
Other: New Mexico has banned colleges from discriminating against homeschoolers. See N.M. Stat. Ann. § 21-1-1(B).

Background:

New Mexico repealed its testing requirements for homeschoolers in 2001.

Resources:

Database of New Mexico Statutes

Home Schooling, New Mexico Public Education Department

New Mexico, International Center for Home Education Research

This overview is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving of legal advice.

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