Homeschooling in Mississippi
Monday, 05 April 2021

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When we started our homeschool journey six years ago in Mississippi, I had all these questions about how and what was required. I had this image that it had to look like the public school system, but I was pleasantly surprised that it did not have to look anything like the public school. Mississippi has low regulations when it comes to homeschooling with few requirements. I will cover the few requirements that Mississippi has regarding homeschooling and some suggestions regarding high school requirements.

For homeschooling, there is only one option. That option is known as the home study program. It is up to the parent/guardian to decide what type of program to use. Mississippi does NOT require those that homeschool to provide immunization records, teacher qualifications, mandated subjects, or mandatory assessment testing for elementary, middle, or high school. I was blown away when I learned this because it was so different from what I grew up knowing about school. As the parent/guardian, you get to choose what your children learn. The Home School Legal Defense Association ( is an excellent resource for any homeschooling information.


Field Trip Ideas

There are many great opportunities to explore and learn in Mississippi outside of a classroom setting, including zoos, museums, and state parks. Below you will find a list of a few of these field trip ideas. Often you can get together with other homeschoolers through co-ops and/or local groups to plan field trips.

Zoo & Aquariums:


State Parks:

List of all state parks can be found at:

Mississippi provides a wonderful opportunity for homeschooling families to grow and learn together. More information can be found at and We are so thankful to be able to spend these years with our children and enjoy this journey of learning together. It is our hope that you enjoy your journey just as much.

Meet the Author

Whitney Hawkins - HomeWorks by Precept Consultant