Upcoming Events:

Q4 reports & year-end assessments are now due for 2016-2017.  Congratulations on another year down!

LOI’s for 2017-2018 are due July 1st.

Home Instruction

At TST BOCES, we understand that learning takes place in a variety of ways and in different environments. Through our Home Instruction service, we work with districts to ensure that home-schooled students are meeting the academic requirements set forth by the New York State Commissioner of Education.

In addition to monitoring compliance with the commissioner’s regulations, TST BOCES coordinates the receipt and review of required documentation, such as letters of intent, individualized home instruction plans, quarterly reports and assessments. We compile this information and maintain databases of all home-schooled students as well as individual files for each student.

The Home Instruction service also helps parents understand their responsibilities and assists them with preparing documentation and answering questions related to home schooling. BOCES will notify districts of parents whose documentation is out of compliance.

School districts that subscribe to the TST BOCES Home Instruction service include Dryden, Ithaca, Groton, Lansing, South Seneca, and Trumansburg.


A message from Diahann Hesler, Director of External Programs

It has been a pleasure working with you for the past two years.  My replacement, Maxine Parker, has a wealth of educational experience and I am confident you will find her helpful and supportive in your educational journey. I will still be working for TST BOCES in the adult and career and technical education areas and overseeing the programs Maxine supervises, so please do not hesitate to continue to ask for assistance. We look forward to continuing to be connected to the home schooling community.


Contact Us

The Supervisor of External Programs is responsible for reviewing Individualized Home Instruction Plans, quarterly reports, and annual assessments for compliance with the regulations of the New York State Commissioner of Education.  The assistant to the director acts as first responder to home-school families and is responsible for document collection and database maintenance.

Maxine Parker
Supervisor of External Programs
607-257-1551, ext. 7202




Senior Account Clerk Typist
607-257-1551, ext. 7203