Home School Program

angie.arriolaatmalesd.org (Angie Arriola), Director of Curriculum & Instruction
maryjane.pierceatmalesd.org (MaryJane Pierce), Registrar

Oregon law requires that all children, between the ages of 7 and 18 years old, attend public school.  There are, however, exemptions to that law.  One of those exemptions gives the parent/guardian of any child the right to teach that child at home.  More information about Oregon laws, policies and answers to frequently asked questions regarding home schooling can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website.

After the decision to home school has been made, in order for the parent/guardian to remain in compliance with the compulsory school attendance law, they must notify their local Education Service District (ESD), in writing, of their intent to home school their child. This must be completed within 10 days of beginning to home school, withdrawing the child from public school, or moving to a new ESD region. The written notification may be in the form of a letter including:

  • Parent/Guardian's name and statement of intent to home school
  • Child's full name and date of birth
  • Home address, city, state and zip code 
  • Name of last school attended or resident school district

OR, the Notification Form found below may be used. Notification may be sent to:

Malheur Education Service District
Attention: MaryJane Pierce
363 "A" Street West
Vale, OR 97918

If you need further information, you may contact MaryJane Pierce at 541-473-4850 or e-mail at allison.nunezatmalesd.k12.or.us (M)maryjane.pierceatmalesd.org (aryJane Pierce)


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