Legal Matters

Guam Law:

17 GCA (Guam Code Annotated), Chapter 6, Section 6109

“Children not attending a private full-time school and who are being instructed in study and recitation for at least three (3) hours a day for one hundred seventy (170) days each calendar year by a private tutor or other person, in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools of this Territory and in the English language, shall be exempted from attending the public school.”

www.justice.gov.gu/CompilerofLaws/GCA/title17.html

This is commonly referred to as an equivalency statute, requiring that the home schooled child be taught the same subjects as are taught in the public schools. NO notification to any government agency is required, however, the above law must be adhered to.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: It is current Guam Public School System (GPSS) policy that no credit for high school courses completed at home will be granted any credit by the GPSS. This would mean, for example, that if your child completed the ninth (9th) grade at home, they cannot enroll in a GPSS public high school as a tenth (10th) grader, but will still be considered ninth (9th) grade. It is also GPSS policy that home schools are not entitled to any benefits or services, including sports teams, provided by the GPSS.

Read the Board Policy  click here   (updated 9/29/2010)

Home School Legal Defense:

Home School Legal Defense Association is a non-profit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

This organization requires a *yearly membership fee to provide legal advice and representation for your family if your home schooling is ever questioned by authorities.

*Guam Home School Association members qualify for a group discount. Please contact Helen for the group number, or email us at  guamhsa@gmail.com

Home School Legal Defense Association
P.O. Box 3000
Purcellville, VA 20134-9000
Phone: (540) 338-5600
Fax: (540) 338-2733
Email: info@hslda.org
www.hslda.org