Homeschooling has been rising in popularity for years, and that’s certainly true in Bermuda. With a growing network of families and a wide range of activities offered on the island, it’s easy to see why many are choosing to homeschool. Here are some things you might not know about the local homeschool community.

Homeschoolers are asked to inform the Ministry of Education of their intent to homeschool by submitting a simple form each year as well as to conduct periodic assessments of the child’s performance.

Homeschooled students are eligible for free bus passes, just like students in public and private schools.

There is an annual homeschool sports day held at the National Stadium, with attendance growing every year. In 2023 there were 80 children registered.

A wide variety of local organizations offer classes specifically for homeschoolers, and some of them are free! BAMZ, BUEI, Dolphin Quest, the SPCA, Kaleidoscope, Bermuda School of Music, Endeavour, and the Bermuda National Trust are only some of the places that have offered dedicated homeschool classes over the last several years.

The Bermuda Homeschool Network hosts weekly play times for homeschoolers.

Many organizations and clubs offer designated homeschool sports classes each year. These include squash at Bermuda Squash Racquets Association, sailing with Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, tennis with MTM, surfing with BermudAdventure, Running Club with Coach Steve Burgess, Taekwondo at Champion Taekwondo, and Archery with David Semos, just to name a few.

The Bermuda School of Music has a talented homeschool steel pan band that plays for events across Bermuda.

Project Ride is also available to homeschoolers.

The Bermuda Homeschool Network offers Moms’ Night Out events twice a year as a chance for homeschooling moms to connect with each other socially.

Homeschool students can sit the same college-entrance exams as those in regular school. For example, they can register to take AP exams at Saltus, and the SAT can also be taken there or at Bermuda College.