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Michigan Homeschool/Nontraditional School Guidelines

The national office of the National Archery in the Schools Program has modified the school designation, beginning in 2021. There will be two types of schools:

  • Traditional school is a “brick and mortar” school with administrators, supervisors and teachers, recognized as a school by the U.S. Department of Education. This includes public and private schools.
  • Nontraditional education is all other forms of education and includes online, homeschool or any remote education program.

As with all NASP rules, Michigan has adopted this rule as it relates to nontraditional schools. This allows Michigan NASP programs to be in alignment with NASP and ensures all active NASP schools will be eligible for NASP competitions by meeting the national requirements.

What does this mean for your homeschool teams? The current Michigan homeschool requirement does not meet the 2021 modified NASP rule for non-traditional schools.  Currently, Michigan requires NASP to be offered to all students of the Homeschool Association. Now, with the new 2021 NASP requirement Michigan is adopting, homeschools must locate and offer NASP instruction to all nontraditional students in the county of residence before they can be recognized as a nontraditional school for competitions. 

In the past, Michigan NASP has allowed the program to be taught to homeschoolers as long as they are part of a homeschoolers association that follows the Michigan Department of Education guidelines to be recognized as a homeschool and the program is taught during the school day. There are some homeschoolers who go to a nearby school for physical education. If your children attended a physical education class at a school near you that has NASP, then they would be allowed to participate with the program at that school. 

As of 2021, NASP now requires that any nontraditional schools form countywide teams for competition, where all the nontraditional students are part of the same county. For nontraditional education students, the school will be defined as the student’s county of residence, where the school lessons must be presented by NASP-certified faculty or volunteers during the school day. There will be one “school” per county, and all nontraditional students in a county will be considered students of that one school.

Nontraditional “schools” must contact their state/provincial NASP coordinator to inform the coordinator of their intent to form a NASP archery team, or for a request to establish a geographical sub-boundary within a county, parish or borough, and be assigned a team name based on their county, parish or borough. Nontraditional teams may be required to submit documentation that all students on their team reside within their respective boundary. State departments of education maintain lists of traditional (public and private) schools that coordinators can use to determine valid schools, but nontraditional groups are not included on those lists. This process will allow coordinators to validate and be aware of non-traditional groups and their NASP archery teams.

All nontraditional schools must present the NASP lessons as a portion of an in-school classroom curriculum, such as in physical education. These in-school NASP lessons must be offered/available to all nontraditional students in the county or designated sub-boundary, to meet the same requirement as traditional schools.