Get started with the Office 365 Homeschool pilot program

There are 4 steps to start using the Office 365 Homeschool pilot program. All steps are described in this article:

  1. Apply for the Office 365 Homeschool pilot program

  2. Set up your Office 365 Homeschool tenant

  3. Create accounts for each student and teacher in your homeschool

  4. All set! Sign in to start using your Office 365 apps: Word, PowerPoint, OneNote, Sway, and more

Apply for the Office 365 Homeschool pilot program

To sign up, visit the Homeschool website. Select Sign up manually or Sign up with an HSLDA ID. If you choose manual sign-up, an email will open that will tell us you’re interested. Fill out the information, and then send us the email. If your homeschool is eligible (and there is room left in the pilot program), we’ll send you an email with a link to set up your Office 365 Homeschool pilot program.

Set up your Office 365 Homeschool tenant

Once you're accepted into the pilot program, you'll need to set up your own Office 365 tenant. A tenant is your homeschool's private space on Office 365, with settings that apply only to your homeschool, regardless of what other homeschools do.

If you signed up with an HSLDA ID, keep following the steps. You'll create a special Office 365 email address, separate from your regular email account, that you'll use to sign in, use, and manage Office 365 accounts and apps for your homeschool.

If you signed up manually, click the link we sent you in the welcome email. Then we'll lead you through these steps:

  1. Enter a user name for yourself in the space before the @, and a name for your homeschool after the @.

  2. Enter your password, then enter the same password again to verify it.

  3. Select Create my account.

  4. You’ll go to a page titled “Verify eligibility for Microsoft Office 365 Education.” You should skip this page; it wasn’t made for this program, and you should skip it. Choose I'll verify later, then choose Yes on the pop-up message.

    Tip: In future visits, you may sometimes get reminders in the Admin center to verify eligibility. As part of the Homeschool pilot program, you can ignore those pop-ups.

  5. The Admin center will open, which is where you’ll create accounts for each student and teacher.

Create an account for each student and teacher

Each student and teacher needs their own accounts to use Office 365.

  1. Go to Office.com, choose Sign in, and enter the Office 365 Homeschool pilot program account you made when you set up. (Hint: the address will end with .onmicrosoft.com).

  2. Select the app launcher icon in the upper-left of the screen, and choose Admin. The Admin center will open.

  3. From the Users list, select Add a user.

  4. Fill out the person's first and last name, and the display name will automatically fill in.

    Screenshot of adding a user in Office 365, showing the First Name, Last Name, and Display Name fields.

  5. Enter a unique user name for this person, which will be part of the email address they'll use to sign in to Office 365. Each person in the homeschool will need their own, unique user name.

    Screenshot of adding a user in Office 365, showing the username and domain fields.

  6. Skip down to click on the Product licenses section.

    If this person is a Student, select Office 365 Education for students license

    If this person is a Teacher, select Office 365 Education for faculty license

    Screenshot of adding a user in Office 365, showing the expanded Product License section.

  7. Choose Add. You'll see a confirmation that the user account and password was created.

  8. Give that person their user account and password, exactly as it's written. They'll need it to use your homeschool's Office 365 Education tools.

  9. Repeat this process for each student and teacher in your homeschool.

All set! Sign in to use your Office 365 apps

To start using Office 365, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Class Notebooks, Sway, and OneNote, students and teachers can choose Sign in at Office.com, then enter their Office 365 email address and password. The apps they want are right there, ready to use.

To sign up for Minecraft in Education, go to Minecraft in Education and select Get Started. Sign up with your Office 365 email address. To respond to email sent to that address, sign in to Office.com and choose Outlook.

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