Home educated students can benefit from offerings at their local schools. Per NH statute RSA 193:1-c, they may participate in curricular and cocurricular activities offered at their local public schools such as sports, music, theater, dances, volunteer activities, and statewide testing. The districts’ policies must not be more restrictive for homeschoolers than it is for the general student population. In other words, if public school students must maintain a particular GPA, provide a health certificate, or sign an honor code to participate in sports, home educated students must meet the same requirements. This is another reason to maintain year-end assessments and records in case they are needed for course placements or fulfilling other enrollment criteria.
It is expected that a school may require some kind of academic proof for participation and may have a specific way to satisfy this. Some families are able to share the most recent annual assessment results, prepare a transcript, or provide some kind of "grades." The GSHE High School & Beyond page, near the bottom, has resources for preparing transcripts, if that is requested. Sometimes a placement test is appropriate for determining course enrollment.
If home educated students enroll in curricular programs at their local schools, they will be given a Student Assigned Student Identifier (SASID) in the Statewide Longitudinal Data System (SLDS). This is the list of specific data points for students participating in Equal Access programs.
Each district will have their own process for how to participate through Equal Access. Our recommendation is to first check your district's policies that may be available online for specific instructions re how to enroll in the desired course and/or program. If needed, contact the appropriate grade-level local school to begin enrollment. They may direct families to the teacher or coach, the guidance counseling office, or another internal contact.
Also refer to your own district's policy regarding participation in field trips, school dances, accessing textbooks, and library use.
*Special Note: During the pandemic, we are seeing limitations and restrictions to Equal Access by many districts due to various protocols. Neither the Governor's executive orders nor advisories from the NH Department of Education change any part of the statute, but districts have the autonomy to create their own protocols in response to Covid.