I guess, since this is the second of what I hope to be a series of posts with links to homeschooling info in all 50 states, I should make a button to share it. I also will post a page with all the links to each post when I get a chance. So I will work on that this week while you get to know more about homeschooling in Missouri.
HSLDA New Homeschoolers
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA MO homepage
MO Law Analysis
Statewide support groups
Searchable database for MO support groups
Families for Home Education
Yahoo support groups
MO HS Athletics
MO homeschoolers yahoo group
Used Curriculum Yahoo group
St. Louis Area Events list
About.com Articles and Links
Homeschool stores and curriculum providers
Christian Book Distributors
Briefly Missouri is a fairly easy state to homeschool in. There are no requirements for teacher oversight or teacher qualifications (meaning that the homeschooling parents does not need specific qualifications to teach), standardized testing is not required, nor is a Declaration of Intent although it is optional.
Compulsory attendance is 1000 hours a year (defined as 12 month or less period the parents choose) for ages 7-17, and 600 hours of core defined as Reading, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Language Arts are. Of those, 400 must be in the regular place you do your schooling. A child at any age, once enrolled, must be un-enrolled by the parents in writing. Once a student reaches 16 the hourly requirement does not apply.
There is a homeschool statute which defines what constitutes a homeschool and that records must be maintained (various options) but not submitted. Only the Attorney General can request homeschool paperwork. A few differences in law apply to Kansas City and St. Louis and perhaps Jefferson City in addition a new kind of credit is allowed to exempt students from the compulsory attendance. But I am not aware of it causing problems unless you are wanting to graduate your student very early from high school. I have found that St. Charles County, Jefferson County, Jackson County, and Phelps County have a large number of homeschooling families.
Disclaimer: In no way is this the only info you need. Do your research and do your part to keep homeschooling free for all of us. This is for informational purposes only and not legal advice.