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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). David Mills is the currently director of DNPE.

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Dec 2, 2015

In recent years, homeschoolers have been receiving solicitations from a variety of online school programs. There are a number of online homeschools such as A Beka Academy, K12 Homeschool, Liberty University Online Academy and Keystone School Online. In 2012, some public school districts began to offer virtual classes to homeschool students, and now, NC virtual charter schools are recruiting students for the 2015-2016 school year. When opting for online classes, it is important to understand the NC homeschool law.

Nov 4, 2015

For a quarter of a century, home educators in North Carolina have found it relatively easy to comply with our homeschool law. Anybody who has had much contact with the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) has learned that everybody there is homeschool friendly. This atmosphere goes a long way to make dealing with North Carolina state authorities a generally pleasant experience.

Oct 28, 2015

In the spring of 1985, a significant victory took place in the long legal fight over home education in North Carolina. The North Carolina State Supreme Court ruled that under the current private school law, parents were allowed to educate their children at home.