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Here you will find information about homeschool law, polcies and procedures impacting North Carolinians.

Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Primer: Definitions & Requirements is a great place to learn more about Article 39.

The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.  DNPE (www.ncdnpe.org) is unit of the North Carolina's Department of Administration, a different branch of NC government than the Department of Public Instruction (PDI).  Dr. Chená T. Flood is the currently director of DNPE.   She replaced Rod Helder, who retired in 2010.  Rod Helder served since 1985, and oversaw the period in which homeschool law was first enacted.  Learn more in History of Homeschooling in NC.

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Jan 15, 2014

The success of homeschooling has been well documented, and the number of homeschools in NC continues to grow. The Erica Parsons case has brought a lot of unwarranted attention to the homeschool community. In July, Erica’s adoptive brother reported her missing nearly two years after he had last seen her. Her adopted parents have said that they didn’t think Erica was missing; they thought she went to live with her biological grandmother two years ago when she was thirteen years old. However, other family members have said that Erica’s biological grandmother died five years ago.

Oct 2, 2013

North Carolina homeschools began receiving email requests from the NC Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) this fall to go to the DNPE website and provide some information about their homeschool. The information asked for includes verification that the homeschool is still in operation, any modifications to the school's contact information and the homeschool's enrollment numbers. It is important to recognize that the NC homeschool statute does not require homeschools to participate in this annual update. There are no repercussions if a homeschool decides not to participate.

Jul 10, 2013

On May 30, 2013, I, along with many homeschool students, parents and supportive legislators witnessed the signing into law of Senate Bill 189 by Governor Pat McCrory. The endeavor that NCHE began in the fall of 2012 was successfully accomplished with the governor’s signature.