The Guam Law

Guam has a very easy homeschool law to follow. We commonly refer to it as an "equivalency" law. Here is what the law says:

17 GCA Chapter 6, Section 6109

"Children not attending a private full-time school and who are being instructed in study and recitation for at least (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."

Several branches of study include Math, Language Arts (reading, writing, spelling, grammar), Social Studies (Geography & History, including Guam History), and Science. If you plan on attending UOG or GCC you may also need to take a Chamorro class.

There is no reporting or testing required and no registration with any government agency. Even though this is so, we usually recommend that you keep records of your homeschool activities. Depending on your style of homeschooling this could be as simple as a journal of daily activities or as detailed as gradebook with test and assignment grades.

As a homeschooler you have the flexibility to teach your children any 3 hours of the day. It need not be 9 to noon everyday. Nor do you need to follow a school calendar for your 170 days. You can take a week off for holidays or special events. You can school 365 days of the year if you want. It is your homeschool and you have the right to run it however you want.

One thing to be aware of on Guam is high school. It is current DOE policy not to accept credits for students who have homeschooled during the high school years, even if they follow an accredited program. It is supposed to be up to the individual school's principal to make this decision, but we have found that most are pretty inflexible about this and will make a student start over again. For instance, if you homeschool you child for 9th grade and then circumstances cause you to have to put your child into public school for 10th grade, that student will have to repeat 9th grade over again.

The private schools are not so rigid. Many private schools will accept a homeschooled student in the higher grades. So when making a decision to homeschool your high school student you must be ready to be committed to carrying through until graduation, unless you take the private school option.

In general most homeschoolers love this law as it gives us the freedom to conduct our school to suit our homeschool style.