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Dropout Prevention

Home Schooling

The Office of Compulsory School Attendance Enforcement has the responsibility of ensuring that all Mississippi students are afforded the opportunity to attend school and to enforce the Mississippi Compulsory School Attendance Law §37-13-91 of the Mississippi Code 1972 Annotated. The law governs compulsory school attendance which requires a parent, legal guardian or custodian who has legal control or charge of a child age six (6) to seventeen (17) to enroll him/her in an education program (i.e. public, private or home school). Student enrollment must occur except under the limited circumstances specified in subsection three (3) of §37-13-91 which includes, but are not limited to, sending the child to a state approved, nonpublic, or educating the child at home in an organized educational program. July 1, 2003, the law was amended to include the following: a child, five (5) years of age, who enrolls in public kindergarten, will have to abide by the same guidelines as outlined in the §37-13-91.

Home Schooling - MS Code 37-13-91

To register your child for home school, please contact the school attendance officer in your county for a certificate of enrollment. You will be required to fill out a certificate of enrollment and provide a simple description of the curriculum that you have chosen. MDE does not endorse or accredit any home school curriculum or program. Click on the link below for a list of school attendance officers and their contact information.

SAO Contact List


Counseling Listserv

If you would like to be added to the Counseling Listserv, please send an email with your name and district/school to dbell@mde.k12.ms.us.

Office of Dropout Prevention and Compulsory School Attendance     P.O. Box 771     Jackson, MS 39205-0771     Phone: (601) 359-5743     Fax: (601) 576-3504

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