The Regional Office of Education must ascertain that all children in the Will County region have the opportunity to attend school. If you choose to create a Home School education, Illinois courts have ruled that homeschooling must provide an education that is equivalent with the standards set for public schools. Those standards are:
Registration of your home school with the school district, the Regional Superintendent, or the State of Illinois is voluntary. However, you may wish to notify your local school district and your Regional Superintendent of your intention to home school by filling in this form and providing one copy to your Regional Office of Education and one copy to the State of Illinois. Otherwise, they may think that your child is truant.
1. If your child returns to the public school, it is the responsibility of the Public School to place the child in the grade it designates (School Code 10-22.5).
2. It is the responsibility of the Will County Regional Office of Education to help maintain school attendance. The compulsory attendance laws of the State of Illinois hold the parent/guardian responsible for their child’s attendance in school. The law states: “Whoever has custody or control of any child between the ages of 7 and 17 years shall cause such child to attend school the entire time it is in session.” (122/26-2).
Please call the Will County Regional Office of Education if you require more information.
Due to the many requests for information about home education, the following list of resources has been compiled. This is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is this an endorsement of these organizations or publications. Home schooling parents are not required to use any of the services or organizations listed below.
Illinois Support Network
Commonly used curricula
Books on why to home school
Books on how to home school
Creative Home Schooling: A Resource Guide for Smart Families by Lisa Rivero
A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling Web Site-Gifted page http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/weblinks/gifted.htm
Hoagie's Gifted Education: Homeschooling Gifted Children page http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/homeschool.htm