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Home schooling is an exemption from compulsory attendance under Oregon attendance law. According to ORS 339.010 any child between the ages of 7 and 18 years who has not completed the 12th grade is required to attend school unless they have an exemption under ORS 339.030.
To accommodate parents who consider their home school student “graduated”, LBL can release a student from home school if they are exempt from compulsory attendance because they have acquired equivalent knowledge to that acquired in the courses of study taught in grades 1 through 12 in the public schools, in accordance with ORS 339.030(b).
As proof of equivalent knowledge, LBL will accept a copy of:
- A GED
- An Adult High School diploma from local community college
- A diploma or certificate of high school completion from a school or program accredited by the National Association of Schools and Colleges and any of its regional affiliates*. Those affiliates include:
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA). Includes Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Central America, Europe, and the Middle East
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East.
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA). Includes Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Navajo Nation, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and the international locations of accredited members.
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NASC). Includes Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). Includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Latin America.
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Includes California, Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, Palau, Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Marshall Islands, and other Australasian locations.
- Commission on International and Transregional Accreditation (CITA) is an organization of 6 recognized school accreditation agencies, providing information on standards, procedures, and accredited schools in the United States and elsewhere.
Please Note: If a parent would like to have a student released from home school because the student has received a diploma or certificate of high school completion, the parent must provide LBL a statement from the awarding school or program indicating the agency by which they are accredited.