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New Jersey Compulsory Education Laws

Regardless of the state, children of a certain age are required to attend school or an acceptable educational alternative, such as homeschooling. State compulsory education laws differ, however, in the age range and exeptions to the rules. In New Jersey, compulsory education applies to children between the ages of six and 16. Home schooled children must receive an education that is equal to what they would otherwise receive in a public school.

The basics of New Jersey's compulsory education laws are listed in the following box. See FindLaw's Compulsory Education section for additional articles and resources.

Code Section 18A:38-25, et seq.
Age at Which School Attendance is Required Between 6 and 16
Exceptions to Attendance Requirements Mental condition such that student cannot benefit; physical condition prevents attendance; child attends day school where instruction is equivalent to that provided in public schools for children of similar grades and attainments
Home School Provisions Child must receive equal instruction
Penalties on Parents for Noncompliance Convicted as disorderly persons; 1st offense: up to $25 fine; subsequent: up to $100 fine

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a New Jersey education attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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