Does the U.S. Department of Education oversee home schooling for elementary and secondary school students?
The U.S. Department of Education does not regulate or provide financial support for home schooling elementary and secondary students. Regulation of home schooling including curriculum requirements is a state and local responsibility.
Some federal education programs can serve home schooled students if they are regarded as private school students by their state. This is entirely dependent on each state’s policies and definitions. These federal education programs would be the same programs that serve private school students as authorized by federal laws.
To read more about the participation of private schools in federal education programs, visit the Office of Non-Public Education's page.