Home Instruction

Home Instruction Student Information


Home Instruction students who may attend public school on a part time basis:

Under 20-A MRSA Section 5021, subsection 8, a school administrative unit is entitled to receive state subsidy for any student who receives instruction through one or more on-site academic courses from a public school but is not a full-time student.

  • The rate of reimbursement must be established in increments of 0.25 full-time equivalent status up to 1.0 full-time equivalent status* based on the average amount of time per day that a student receives on-site academic services from a public school.
  • For more information on Equivalent instruction programs and requirements please refer to 20-A M.R.S.A. Chapter 211, Subchapter 1, Section 5001-A(3)(A)(3) and Subchapter 1-A.

Under 20-A MRSA Section 5021, subsection 3, a student receiving home-school instruction is eligible for special education services, as provided under federal regulations, in accordance with section 5001-A and relevant department procedures and standards.

  • For 1-25% - at least one course to up to 25% of the school day is spent in academic courses in public or private schools approved for tuition.
  • For 26-50% - at least 26% to 50% of the school day.
  • For 51-75% - at least 51% to 75% of the school day.
  • For 76% plus - at least 76% of the school day.


Home Instruction students who are 100% home schooled:



Home Instruction Parent Information:

Maine parents may choose to educate their children at home. Parents take full responsibility for the child while providing home instruction—they legally direct the child's education by choosing the curriculum, facilitating the process and determining academic needs. Home instruction is funded exclusively by the parent.


Pamela Ford-Taylor
School Enrollment/Approval  
Phone: 207-624-6617
Email: Pamela.Ford-Taylor@Maine.gov