Home schooling is legal in many countries. In the US, parents can home school children and it is regulated by states to varying degrees. The cash allotments are the big draw for home-schooling families: US$1,600 per student for kindergarten through third grade, US$1,800 for grades 4-8, and US$2,000 for grades 9-12. While parents are free to use and teach any curricula they want, they’re not permitted to use the allotment for any religious programme or activity. They do not get cash; they simply get reimbursement for buying the approved materials (just one state as an example).
Is home schooling legal in the Cayman Islands? If so, how is it regulated and funded?
Auntie’s answer: Yes, it is legal to home school your children in Cayman. Having said that, you can’t just set up a desk and chalkboard, buy some books and stationery and start teaching your child in your living room.
The Department of Education Services (DES) regulates home schooling. On its website you will find information on requirements for home schooling along with an application form for a licence to teach your children at home.
Once you get approval to establish a home school, the department does not simply let you get on with it. According to a DES official, the department will conduct home visits throughout the year to check on the programme that has been set up. In addition, parents are required to apply every year for the licence to home school.
As for the funding part of your question, the parents of a child (or children) being home schooled are responsible for any costs of the programme.
The concept is popular enough to have engendered a dedicated organisation, the Cayman Homeschoolers, on home-based education and here is a link to its Facebook page.