Connecticut Homeschooling

Want to learn about homeschooling in Connecticut? You've come to the right place! We've gathered together some of the best resources, information sources, support groups, curriculum ideas, and practical hints that will help you make your decision to homeschool and to be successful at it. Here are answers to your questions:

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Cornwall Bridge Pottery
Cornwall Bridge Pottery is the country's most prolific producer of woodfired pots for everyday use. They have been producing high quality, lamps, planters, plates, mugs and bowls since 1974. When you visit, you will see the 35 foot long woodfired tube kiln based on a design that dates back to 10th century China. Watch the potters as they work at the wheel producing the variety of wares that fill this kiln. This workshop is the only location where seconds are available for purchase.
An Act Concerning The Mandatory School Attendance Age (Public Act No. 00-157)
Public Act No. 00-157 (Mandatory School Attendance Age) changed the age under which a child is subject to compulsory attendance from sixteen to eighteen, effective July 1, 2001.
Licensing & State Laws in Connecticut
Connecticut uses a multi-stage licensing process for teens. This system allows teens to gradually gain exposure to complex driving situations over an extended period of time.
Groton CHEA
Groton CHEA represents homeschoolers in the New London County area of Connecticut.
Connecticut Statute, Chapter 168, Section 10-184, 10-184a, 10-184b
The following are Connecticut Statues relating to home education: Section 10-184 (School Attendance and Employment of Children--Duties of Parents. School attendance age requirements.); Section 10-184a (Refusal of certain parents to consent to use of special education programs or services.); Section 10-184b (Waiver provisions not applicable to equivalent instruction authority of parents.)
Connecticut Homeschool Laws and Procedures
Summary of the laws pertaining to home education in Connecticut. Includes text of the laws and state Board of Education guidelines.
Sleeping Giant Homeschoolers
This support group is centered in Hamden and is a Christian-based organization. Offers monthly meetings, children's activities, newsletter, and more.
Vermont Home School Laws from HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Vermont. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Vermont.
An Act Concerning Revisions to the Education Statutes (94-245)
An Act Concerning Revisions to the Education Statutes (94-245) contains the following provisions: Special Education and Private School or Home Schooling. The act exempts students from the state's special education requirements, if their parents or guardians provide equivalent instruction at home or in a private school and refuse to consent to special education services for their children. Limitation on Commissioner's Waiver Authority. The act prohibits the education commissioner from waiving a...
Chamard Vineyard
Located in Clinton, the Chamard Vineyard tour takes you through the winery for an informative look at the wine making process. After the tour, you'll be treated to a complimentary tasting of Chamard wines in the tasting room overlooking the vineyards. This tour is free and is offered year-round.
Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo
Beardsley Zoo in Bridgeport is Connecticut's only zoo. Situated on 52 lush acres of Beardsley Park in North Bridgeport, on the Trumbull-Stratford line, the Zoo features More than 300 animals representing approximately 125 primarily North and South American species. Zoo highlights include several endangered species, a South American rainforest exhibit, walk-through prairie dog exhibit, New England farmyard, a Victorian greenhouse, and a carousel Museum.
How to Comply with Vermont's Homeschool Law
Vermont law specifically refers to homeschooling in 16 V.S.A. § 11(a)(21) and 16 V.S.A. § 166b. To homeschool under this statute, you’ll need to follow these guidelines. Necessary steps include sending in a written enrollment notice, submitting a narrative describing the content to be provided in each subject area, obtaining acknowledgement of compliance, teaching the required subjects and assessing your child annually. 
Nutmeg Scholars
The Nutmeg Scholars are a diverse group of families brought together by a common wish to connect with other homeschoolers for activities, support, friendship and information. Offers field trips, family nights, newsletter, park and field days, Mom's Night Out, lending library, teen club, organized gym classes, and more.
Shoreline Christian Home Educators Fellowship (SCHEF)
This is a Chrisitian homeschool support group offering activities, lending library, homeschooling updates, support group meetings, and more. Serves the southern Connecticut area.
Notice of Intent: Filing Is Voluntary
The State Department of Education's C-14 Guidelines give two different messages -- in the Introduction and elsewhere it reads, "Suggested Procedure" and in section 3 it reads, "parents must file..." To add to the confusion, school officials often give misleading or false information when parents ask about homeschooling. Because the wording of the Guidelines is inconsistent and poorly written, school officials and parents may be unsure of their responsibilities and their rights.
Upcoming Events
Not Back to School Camp - Vermont
September 17-26, 2021
Farm & Wilderness, Plymouth, VT
Not Back to School Camp is a non-denominational, non-religious homeschool camp. The camp offers workshops, spontaneous events, and special evening gatherings, bringing together campers who are excited about life and willing to be themselves and to reach out and connect with the others. 
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H. A. Guerber's Histories
Helene A. Guerber wrote histories for grammar school children in the 19th century. Published in 1896 by the American Book Company, ‘Guerber’s Historical Readers in the Eclectic Readings Series’ were used to introduce children to the histories of the ...
Handbook of Nature Study
A matchless handbook for decades, this classic work has been the natural history bible for countless teachers and others who seek information about their environment. Written originally for those elementary school teachers who knew little of common p...
The Organizing Sourcebook : Nine Strategies for Simplifying Your Life
The nine habits of highly organized people Organizing consultant Kathy Waddill demonstrates how the simple act of being organized can improve your quality of life. In The Organizing Sourcebook, she presents nine organizing principles that can easily...
Pass Your New York DMV Test Guaranteed! 50 Real Test Questions! New York DMV Practice Test Questions
This book is written by a former DMV classroom instructor. He shares the 50 most common questions and answers to the New York DMV written test. A great guide to help your teen pass the DMV test on their first try.
100+ New Jersey Drivers Licensing Exam Facts That You Need To Know: Quick Review for the Written Test
Prepare for the New Jersey's Driver's Written Exam. Know the 100+ important facts for the test. Be prepared to ace the exam!
Quote of the Day

Homeschoolers know how to get close to their children. That's something every American family needs to relearn.

Mario Pagnoni