Founded in 1984, North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE) is a private, volunteer organization active at the state level, serving homeschoolers in North Carolina and beyond.
In order to better serve, NCHE divides the state into twelve regions. Each region has an assigned number and Regional Director.
Homeschooling is the view that education is best when teaching and learning are integrated into the relationships and activities of the family.
The oldest form of education, homeschooling was legally recognized in NC in 1988.
Article 39 of chapter 115C of the General Statutes defines a Homeschool in NC. The Division of Non-Public Instruction (DNPE) administers the NC law governing homeschooling practice.
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NCHE is proud to share in the work of vast network of passionate educators who serve as authors, speakers, and volunteers.
There are many groups of North Carolinians who are working to promote or practice home education. Find home educators like or near you.
NCHE divides the state into 12 regions. Each region has a director.
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Middle and High school sports include Boys Baseball, Boys & Girls Basketball, Boys & Girls Cross Country (individual & team), Golf (individual & team), Boys & Girls Soccer, Boys & Girls Swimming (individual & team), Girls Volleyball
Statewide online quizzing for all ages
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A multi-day event occuring in Winston-Salem in late May featuring national and regional speakers, workshops for the curious as well as the experienced and a vendor hall of over 45,000 square feet.
Coinciding with our annual conference, NCHE hosts a graduation ceremony for NCHE members.
Our biannual Spring event in Raleigh. Meet legislators and visit state museums.
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NC Homeschool Law requires each homeschool to maintain certain records: attendence, immunization and national standardized achievement test scores. The homeschool law gives the Division of Non-Public Education (DNPE) the authority to inspect homeschool records. Currently, it is not DNPE practice to visit homeschools to inspect records. The division is not staffed to carry out such a task. Instead, DNPE has a policy of randomly selecting homeschools in their second, fourth, seventh and tenth years to meet volunteerly at a local, public center for an inspection of the homeschool's records. This meeting is called a "Record Review Meeting." During this meeting, the DNPE may also request to see additional homeschool materials, such as curriculum.
DNPE has the authority to verify a homeschool is in compliance with NC law. However, DNPE does not have authority to require a homeschool administrator to meet for a Record Review Meeting, nor the authority to inspect any homeschool materials other than records of attendance, immunization and scores on standardized acheivement tests. If a DNPE official visits a homeschool and requests to inspect the records, then the homeschool must provide the records of these three types. But because the homeschool administrator is asked to meet with the DNPE official at a local, public place, the homeschool administrator may or may not agree to this meeting. A decision to meet therefore is a voluntarily arrived at decision on the part of the homeschool administrator.
Government officials are charged with maintaining the integrity of the law. It is important that one's relations with government officials remain civil. While it is the decision of each homeschool administrator as to how to respond to a Record Review Meeting request by DNPE, NCHE advises cooperation. NCHE encourages homeschools to be in compliance with the law, and to assist government officials in carrying out their task, within the bounds of the law. It is NCHE's view that the current regulations on North Carolinians for record maintenance are not over-burdensome, and that DNPE has demonstrated itself to be in support of alternatives to public-sponsored education. Lack of cooperation may raise questions by some regarding the integrity of the law and validity of the practice of home education. In contrast, a working, cooperative relationship with government officials communicates a respect for civil governance and the common good.