The Illinois School Code (105 ILCS 5/26-1) and case law permit a parent or legal guardian to educate his or her child at home if instruction is given in the English language. Parents or legal guardians are responsible for providing a child with an organized educational program and using appropriate materials and teaching methods in order to satisfy statutory requirements.

CPS Document

If parents or legal guardians choose to educate their child at home, CPS requests that they complete the Chicago Public Schools Statement of Assurance form. This documentation is requested to be filed with CPS annually for each child.

How to File Your Homeschooling Documentation with CPS

Please fax, mail, or email your CPS Statement of Assurance form:

Attn: Ali Fendrick or Lauren J. Bell
Department of Policy and Procedures
1 North Dearborn St., 9th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602
773-553-2251 (Fax)
Email: [email protected]

In addition, if applicable, it is highly recommended that parents or legal guardians provide their District school with a copy of the documentation (keeping a copy for their records).


  • Claim or reclaim the values of the individual family
  • Develop a deep sense of commitment for the family
  • Enable the family to learn together
  • Individualized learning focuses on the needs, learning styles, personality and interests of the child

Program Benefits

  • Provide an alternative to the traditional classroom
  • Provide parent-directed education
  • Parents and students set the pace for learning
  • Parents and students can learn together
  • No set schedule