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  • Writer's pictureBrett Saucier


Updated: Feb 7, 2020



The School Board acknowledges the provisions for equivalent instruction under Maine law.  The Board further recognizes the Legislature's statement "that the term 'equivalent' is intended to mean meeting state standards for alternate or other instruction and is not intended to mean the same as the education delivered in the public school system."

In addition, it is the intention of the Board to, "cooperate in the home instruction of any child who resides in the school administrative unit to the degree that the level of cooperation does not interfere with the responsibilities to the students enrolled in MSAD #60's regular programs".  Furthermore, participation of students in such school programs shall be limited to homeschool students whose home instruction programs are in compliance with applicable Maine law and Department of Education regulations.

In order to maintain an efficient and orderly school program, the Board directs the Superintendent/designee to develop procedures, as appropriate, regarding the availability of school system resources and services to homeschool students who would otherwise be eligible to attend school in MSAD #60.  The procedures shall be in accord with the following provisions.


At the request of the student or the student's parent/guardian, this school unit shall make available to homeschool students, in a form determined by the school, information regarding access to public school activities and attendance at the school unit's schools.  This information must include:

A. Requirements regarding initial health and developmental screening for motor skills, vision, hearing and immunization; and

B. Criteria for participation of homeschool students in curricular, co-curricular and extracurricular activities.


A.  Participation in Regular Classes. Homeschool students may enroll in specific, day- school classes provided that the student's attendance is regular, the class is deemed to be age and grade appropriate, and all prerequisite course requirements are met.  In addition, the following shall also apply.

1.The student or the student's parent/guardian, on the student's behalf, shall apply in writing to and receive written approval from the Superintendent/designee. Approval may not be unreasonably withheld.

2. The student shall demonstrate prior satisfactory academic achievement consistent with school unit policy and procedures applicable to all students.

3.The student shall comply with behavioral, disciplinary, attendance and other classroom rules applicable to all students. If a student fails to comply, the school may withhold credit or terminate the student's participation.

4.Transportation must be provided by the parent/guardian or student. However, the student may use the same transportation as all other students in the school unit as long as additional expenses are not incurred and vehicle capacity is not exceeded.

         5.The student shall complete all assignments and tests as required of all students in the same class.

B. Course Auditing. Homeschool students may audit a course(s) provided the following conditions have been met.

1. The student or the student's parent/guardian, on behalf of the student, shall apply in writing to and receive a written approval from the Superintendent/designee to audit a specific course or courses. Participation may not be unreasonably withheld.

          2. The student agrees to meet established behavioral, disciplinary, attendance and other classroom rules applicable to all students.  If a student fails to comply, the school may terminate participation.


Special Education Services will be available to eligible special education students in accordance with applicable federal and state laws and regulations.


A student who has been receiving homeschool instruction and who seeks admission to other regular school program will be placed in a grade commensurate with the level of the student's academic achievement.  Placement must be guided by the following.

A.  For students who transfer into school from an educational program that is not required to meet the standards of the established system of Learning Results, the principal of the receiving school shall determine the value of the student's prior educational experience toward meeting these standards.

B.  Appropriate school staff may make recommendations concerning placement based on, but not limited to, factors such as the student's completed curricula and records of achievement, conferences with the student's parent/guardian, and administration of tests.

C.  The final grade placement decision shall be made by the principal.  The principal's decision may be appealed to the Superintendent, whose decision shall be final.


Placement of homeschool students who wish to be readmitted to the school program will be determined by the principal who shall consult with members of the professional staff to the extent appropriate and, as deemed necessary, to make a reasonable determination that the requisite academic standards have been met, and collect from parents actual samples of coursework (e.g., homework, papers, and examinations).  

The principal may also direct that a test or tests be administered to help determine the student's progress toward meeting the content standards of the Learning Results for the purpose of  determining an appropriate grade level. The decision of the principal may be appealed to the Superintendent.


Subject to availability, a student receiving home instruction may use school textbooks, if the number of particular copies are sufficient, and library books owned by the school unit, subject to the following conditions.

A. The use does not disrupt regular student, staff or special program functions.

B. The student's sign-out period for a library book is the same as that applicable to regularly enrolled students.

C. The student may sign out a textbook for a period not to exceed one school year.

D. The parent/guardian and student agree to reimburse the school unit for lost, unreturned or damaged library books and textbooks and for consumable supplies used. 


A student receiving homeschool instruction may use public school facilities and equipment on the same basis as regularly enrolled students if the following conditions are met.

A. The use does not disrupt regular school activities.

B. The use is approved by the school principal in accordance with established school policy.

C. The use does not create additional expense to the school unit.

D. The use is directly related to the student's academic program.

E. The use of potentially hazardous areas, such as shops, laboratories and gymnasiums, is supervised by a qualified employee of the school unit, approved and assigned by the Superintendent.


If a parent of a student in an equivalent instruction program requests to have the student participate in the Maine Educational Assessment (MEA), such request must be granted.  Participation in such examinations must be in compliance with all rules and procedures governing testing conditions in the school unit.


A student receiving homeschool instruction must receive academic credit subject to the following requirements.

A. Academic credit for individual courses must be awarded if the student meets required academic standards applicable to all students enrolled in the same course.

B. Academic credit must be awarded for successful completion of alternative instruction opportunities sponsored by the school and available to all students.


The following standards govern the awarding of course credits and a graduation diploma to a student receiving homeschool instruction who seeks admission or readmission to the high school.

A. A student shall earn high school credits for satisfactory completion of courses in the high school pursuant to 20-A MRSA Subsection 5021(2)(A).

B. A student may earn credit for coursework completed through homeschool instruction if the principal determines both in advance and, upon completion of the course, that the

course satisfies the requirements for awarding the credit.  The principal may direct that the student undergo a test or tests to assist in making a determination relative to the awarding of credit.

C. Requests for transfer credit for equivalent instruction completed at non-approved private schools, at private schools that elect not to meet requirements under 20-A MRSA § 2901, or through other equivalent instruction programs must be evaluated on the merits of the documentation provided.  The principal and guidance staff shall conduct these evaluations on request made by the student or the student's parent/guardian. The principal may direct that the student undergo a test or tests to assist in making a determination relative to the awarding of credit.

D. For students who transfer into a secondary school from another state or an educational program that is not required to meet the standards of the system of Learning Results, the principal of the receiving school shall determine the value of the prior educational experience toward meeting the standards through the local assessment system.

E. Awarding of a high school diploma by Noble High School is conditioned upon the student's demonstration of proficiency in all content areas established by the Board.  Homeschool students must complete a minimum of eight credits at Noble High School, complete the requirements for a Senior Project, Round Tables and complete the requirements for Community Service to be eligible for a diploma. The eight credits required are two English, two math, two science, one social studies, and one elective.


A. Commencing with the Class of 2020, every Noble High School student will demonstrate proficiency in the skills and knowledge described by the Common Core State Standards and Maine Learning Results for the following content areas:

1. English Language Arts

2. Mathematics 

3. Science and Technology 

4. Social Studies 

5. Health Education and Physical Education 

6. Visual and Performing Arts 

7. Career and Education Development

8. World Language (not required for graduation classes of 2018 and 2019)

Students’ demonstration of proficiency in the above content areas will accumulate the following credits: 

  • English - 5 credits

  • Math - 4 credits* ( Students must successfully complete Common Core 11 and be enrolled in a math course all four years)

  • Science - 4 credits

  • Social Studies - 3 credits

  • Health - ½ credit

  • Physical Education - 1 credit

  • Fine Arts - 1 credit

  • World Language- ½ credit

  • Electives - 4 credits

Total - 24 credits *(or 23 ½ credits)

B.  All graduating students must meet the cross content performance standards set forth by the Maine Learning Results’ “Guiding Principles.” These Guiding Principles are expressed in our Academic (A), Social (S), and Civic (C) Noble High School 21st Century Learning Expectations:

A1. Effective Communication  

i. Written Communication

ii. Presentations

A2. Critical Thinking

A3. Creative Use of Resources

i. Research

ii. Technology (supportive)

iii. Design & Professionalism (supportive)

A4. Work Habits

S1. Collaboration

S2. Social Responsibility and Awareness

C1. Informed Citizenship

C. All students will complete a Graduation Portfolio in order to graduate. The graduation portfolio consists of four elements: Student-led conferences (i.e. Roundtables) at the end of the freshman, sophomore, and junior years,  and the Senior Project, through which students will demonstrate their knowledge and skills in conducting in-depth research, as well as proficiency in the presentation of their research through the application of technology. 

D. All students will complete 60 hours of community service.

E. Completion of all components of the Maine High School Assessment during the third year of high school.


Students receiving homeschool instruction may participate in co-curricular activities such as field trips, assemblies, and academically-related fairs provided:

A. Prior written permission is obtained from both the parent/guardian and the principal: and

B. The student has agreed to meet established behavioral, disciplinary, attendance, and other rules applicable to all students.


Students receiving homeschool instruction are eligible to tryout for extracurricular activities sponsored by the school unit provided the student applies in writing if the following requirements are satisfied:

A. The student agrees to abide by equivalent rules of participation as are applicable to regularly enrolled students participating in the activity and provides evidence that the rules of participation are being met.

B. The student complies with the same physical examination, immunization, insurance, age, and semester eligibility requirements as regularly enrolled students participating in the activity.All required documentation must be made available upon request by the school unit.The school principal is authorized to collect from the student's parent/guardian actual samples of coursework (e.g. homework, examinations, etc.) as he/she deems necessary in order to make the determination that the necessary academic standards have been met.

C. The student meets equivalent academic standards as those established for regularly enrolled students participating in the activity and provides evidence that the academic standards are being met.

D. The student abides by the same transportation policy as regularly enrolled students participating in the activity.


If and when the school unit does not provide academic instruction for specific grade levels, the following applies for students enrolled in an approved program of equivalent instruction.

A. Class participation. The homeschool student or the student's parent/guardian shall request authorization from the resident local unit to apply to another school unit for permission to participate in classes or activities in that other school unit.

B. Tuition payment. Tuition payments for homeschool student participation in a local school unit, including attendance at any applied technology center or an applied technology region other than in the applicant's resident district is the responsibility of the homeschool students, the student's parent/guardian, or the student's resident school administrative unit, in accordance with school unit policy. Participation may not be unreasonably withheld.

C. Participation Eligibility.  A tuitioned, homeschool student is subject to the rules relating to eligibility for participation in co-curricular or extracurricular activities as may apply at the receiving school unit.

D. Interscholastic activities. A tuitioned, homeschool student attending classes in more than one receiving school unit is not eligible for participation in interscholastic activities at any local school unit.


Appeals from administration and application of the Board policy are heard by the Board, whose decision is final and binding.  Appeals that question the Board policy compliance with legal requirements must be made to the Commissioner, whose decision is final and binding.

Legal Reference: 20-A MRSA §§ 5001-A(3), 5021-5025

Ch. 127, 130 (Me. Dept. of Ed. Rules)

Cross Reference: IHBG - Homeschooling

Adopted: June 10, 2004

Revised: December 21, 2017


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