Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Home School

During the COVID-19 Crisis, there have been increased questions regarding the home school process in Arkansas.  Even though we are working from alternate locations, we are dedicated to serving parents.  The DESE Home School Office is excited to announce Home School Helpdesk – an interactive, digital opportunity for prospective and current home school parents.  Starting Monday, March 30 we will host Digital Office Hours at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. A program advisor from our office will be available over a video chat session to discuss the homeschooling process in Arkansas and answer questions. Click here to join us!

The Home School Office was established in October 1999 to promote collaboration between home school parents, public schools and the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. 

The primary responsibility of the Home School Office is to provide information and technical assistance on laws and regulations governing home schools to all interested persons.

Additionally, it is the responsibility of the Home School Office to modify, update and disseminate the Notice of Intent to Home School to all school districts before the current school year begins. Parents/guardians are required to file current-year forms with their local school district superintendent’s office on an annual basis according to state law.

The Home School Office receives home school student data from all 236 school districts. This information may be used only for statistical purposes and test administration. The office compiles and publishes a Home School Report in September of each year that provides enrollment statistics for the previous year.

The Home School Office considers it a privilege to be of assistance to home school parents, school districts, and the general public. For additional information, please reference the resources and documents on the  side of this page or contact the Home School Office. The office is open during normal business hours Monday through Friday.

Related Links Disclaimer: The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) does not endorse the educational information offered by the organizations listed under the Related Links on this page. The links are provided to assist you with information regarding the home schooling of your child(ren). The DESE is not responsible for the content of any educational material received through these organizations. Please contact these organizations for additional information.

For more information, please contact:

Trish Wilcox, Program Advisor
Josh Mesker, Program Advisor
Home School Office
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot 6
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-1874
Fax: 501-371-3514

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