Home School-Public School Relations
The Rochester Board of Education affirms each parent/guardian’s right to educate their children
as they choose. Home schools, private schools and public schools are all viable education
options. The intent of these policies is not to disrupt the educational process of the home schools,
private schools or public school, but rather provide an environment for working cooperatively for
the benefit of each student.
These policies and procedures are applicable to students who are eligible, by residence, to attend
the Rochester Community Unit School District 3A schools.
There are several possibilities in regard to a student’s enrollment in school. These include
students who are enrolled entirely in a home school or private schools, students who are enrolled
entirely in a public school, and students who are concurrently enrolled in any combination of the
above. Concurrent enrollment indicates a student who participates in one or more public school
classes, but is not enrolled full time.
The Rochester School District will accept private students who live within the Rochester District
for part-time attendance in the school’s regular education program provided there is sufficient
space in the school/class desired to be attended. The request for part-time attendance for the
following school year must be made to the building principal of the building to be attended by
either the non-public school principal or the parent of a non-public school student. This written
request must be made before May 1.
It is expected that the parents of home schooled students will work closely with building
principals, counselors and teachers to determine the appropriate placement for the student.
Parents and school personnel are encouraged to discuss the curriculums used in instruction
including any assessment and norm-referenced test results. Students may be tested with local or
norm-referenced assessments if grade placement is not mutually agreed upon by parents and
Home schooled students entering the school program will be considered a transfer or new student.
After four weeks of attendance a conference will be held either over the telephone or at the
building to determine the appropriateness of the placement. Student placement may then be
modified based on their performance. The District retains the absolute right for placement of all
Rochester School District policies and procedures related to home schooling will be made
available upon request to parents interested in home schooling their children. Packets may also
include curriculum grids for the grades of the students who will be home schooled so that parents
know what curriculum topics will be covered in each of the subject areas. Also included will be
school testing information including contracts for norm-referenced testing.
ROCHESTER COMMUNITY UNIT SCHOOL DISTRICT 3A 880.5
SCHOOL COMMUNITY RELATIONS
Home School-Public School Relations (con’t)
Home schooled students will be allowed to enroll in designated classes and to participate in
extracurricular activities involved with those classes according to the Illinois Elementary School
Association guidelines and the Illinois High School Association guidelines. The building
principal will determine the classroom options based on the available space in the class desired.
When possible, parents of home schooled students should request classroom space in May
preceding concurrent enrollment.
All home schooled students participating in any part of the Rochester School program must agree
to follow all district rules and will be held accountable for any violations.
Home schooled students who participate in Rochester classes and activities will be expected to
pay registration fees based on the percentage of the school day enrolled. Fees include any field
trip, lab fees or other course related fees.
Transportation to and from school, including after school class related activities, must be
provided by the home schooled parent. If attending a first or last hour class, the student would be
allowed to ride bus transportation provided the student resides on a regular school bus route.
Concurrently enrolled home schooled students will be allowed to ride district transportation to
field trip activities.
Special educational services shall be provided to concurrently enrolled students as soon as
possible after identification, evaluations, and placement procedures provided by state law.
Rochester High School Diploma
It is the expectation of the Board of Education that all students receiving a diploma from
Rochester High School will be a full-time student enrolled at Rochester. The diploma status of
all other students will be subject to a case by case review.
Concurrently enrolled students are not eligible to receive a Rochester High School diploma nor
do they qualify for class rank or honors based upon credits and grade point averages.
Questions and Appeals
Any questions or disagreements with the process and placement associated with the home
schooled student should be referred to the Superintendent of Schools.