Getting Started

  • File State of Intent to Home Educate
    By September 10 of each school year, the guardian must send a completed Intent to Home Education Form to:

    Community High School
    311 1st Avenue East
    West Fargo, ND 58078

    Or complete the form online located at Home Education / Overview ( . One link is for first year home school parents and the other is for returners.

    Home education may begin five days after the Statement of Intent has been filed. The Statement of Intent must be filed every year by September 10 for students aged 7 – 16.

    File Required Records

    • Provide the parent/guardian’s proof of qualification:
      • A copy of GED, high school diploma, Advanced Degree, or transcript. If not available, a home school monitor will be assigned to the student.
    • Provide a copy of a student’s birth certificate
    • Provide a record of immunizations (or letter of objection)

    Note: If the homeschool student previously attended WFPS, only verification of the guardian’s education is necessary.

Home Education Requirements

  • Hours & Days of Instruction

    The child must receive at least four hours of instruction each day, for a minimum of 175 days each year.

    Required Courses

    Grades 1 – 8

    • English language arts (including reading, composition, creative writing English grammar, and spelling)
    • Mathematics
    • Social studies (including United States history, United States Constitution, geography, government, and North Dakota studies (grades 4 & 8) with an emphasis on the state’s geography, history, and agriculture)
    • Science (including agriculture)
    • Physical education
    • Health (including physiology, hygiene, disease control, and the nature and effects of alcohol, tobacco, and narcotics)

    Grades 9 – 12

    • English language arts (4 credits)
    • Mathematics (2 credits)
    • Science (2 credits)
    • Social studies (4 credits; including 1 credit in world history, 1 credit in U.S. history, 1 credit in world geography, and ½ credit in U.S. government)
    • Health (½ credit)
    • Physical education (1 ½ credits)
    • Elective courses (8 credits)

    Each high school credit must consist of at least 120 hours of instruction per school year. Credits for the following courses must consist of at least 150 hours of instruction per school year: natural sciences, agriculture, business and office technology, marketing, diversified occupations, trade and industrial education, technology education, and health careers.
    Maintain Student Records
    Guardians must maintain an annual record of:

    • Courses taken by the homeschooled child
    • The child’s academic course grades or a record of progress
    • Standardized achievement test results
    • Multiple samples of child’s work throughout course(s)

    Note: If the child transfers back to a public school district, the guardian will need to furnish these records to the school district superintendent or administrator.