In California, homeschooling parents four options to deal with with the mandatory school attendence requirements:
1. Establish a home-based private school. Parents must fill out a Private School Affidavit (PSA, formerly known as R-4) and go through other steps for establishing and maintaining a private school.
2. Enroll in a private school that offers independent or "satellite" programs. Parents must choose a private school satellite program (PSP), enroll, pay the tuition, and fulfill any school requirements. But the state cannot contact them.
3. Enroll in a Public School ISP or Charter Schools that offers independent study.
4. Utilize a credentialed teacher or tutor - or the parent, if so qualified.
California Homeschool.net Pamphlet
List of CA charter schools
California Homeschool Info - One example
Online California Support Forum -