Home School Additional Requirements

  • The parent/guardian of the student wishing to present research at any of LISEF Inc.’s three fairs will act as the liaison.

  • Once the initial page of online registration is completed with contact information, the registration process is automatically suspended until Proof of Home Schooling is received, at which time you will be notified and your registration may be completed. It is essential that obtaining Proof of Homeschooling be completed in a timely manner to facilitate completion of registration by the close of registration deadline.

  • Proof of Home Schooling: The parent/guardian acting as the liaison must request that the Nassau or Suffolk school district in their community have their Pupil Personnel Office send a copy of the letter in which the school district approved the student’s Individual Home Instruction Plan (IHIP) for the current school year to LISEF; this letter and/or an attachment made by the school district must define the grade level of the course of study.  A copy from the parent is not sufficient.

  • The parent pays the required fees per child that is a member of a registered project; the student cannot compete if this is not received by the published deadline.  The parent should use the Direct Payment Form although it is designed for schools; write ‘home school’ where asked for School Name, parent information everywhere else, except we do need the name of the school district in which you reside.

  • The home-schooled student may enter only one project that covers research done over a maximum of 12 continuous months between January 2018 and May 2019.

  • The home-schooled student’s project must satisfy all of the Intel ISEF rules and LISEF rules that apply and complete all of the appropriate ISEF forms.

  • If the student’s project is done in a Registered Research Institution, the LISEF SRC/IRB will sign any of the forms that require a local SRC signature once the student has completed their research as long as proof that all of the required prior reviews were conducted at the university.  If the student’s project is done in any place other than a Registered Research Institution, the student must seek prior reviews from the LISEF SRC/IRB.

  • Home-schooled projects will not affect the Maximum Allocation granted to any school in that student’s community.

  • Since most students, enrolled in a public/private school on Long Island that participates in LISEF, compete internally for the right to present at LISEF fairs, LISEF, Inc. expects that projects submitted to its fairs are of a high caliber and reserve the right to deny participation to a home-schooled project that is below LISEF, Inc.’s standards. LISEF, Inc. will review the submitted Research Plan and Abstract to determine if the project is eligible to compete. Although a project is unable to compete in one fair, it might be deemed eligible for one of the other LISEF affiliated fairs.  If a project is ineligible for a fair, and a fee has been paid, that fee is refundable.

  • The home-schooled student and parent that attend any of the three fairs must complete a LISEF Media Release Form