Approved Home Study Programs

Louisiana Families may choose to educate their children independently from the public or nonpublic school system. Louisiana families typically provide this independent education through a Nonpublic School Not Seeking State Approval or a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education Approved Home Study Program.

To comply with state attendance laws, parents who want to educate their children in an Approved Home Study Program must apply and be approved annually by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. A child enrolled in an Approved Home Study Program is considered in compliance with compulsory attendance laws.

Parents who enroll their child in an Approved Home Study Program are solely responsible for deciding the curriculum and providing instruction. Louisiana does not provide funding or resources for home study programs.

Students in an Approved Home Study Program are not required to take state assessments. Students in  an Approved Home Study Program may participate in interscholastic athletic activities.

A diploma received in an Approved Home Study program carries the same weight as a state issued diploma.

Please see the Home Study Guidelines for more information.


Families apply for Home Study approval through a simple, user-friendly online application. This system will allow families to receive automatic e-mails once the LDOE receives and approves the application.

Submit a Home Study Application

Families without internet access will still be able to submit a paper application. The paper application may be found in the Home Study Guidelines.

Please email with questions about this process.

A similar process and system is also available for Nonpublic Schools Not Seeking State Approval.