Home Education is an educational program for a child based in the child’s home and supervised by the child’s parent or parents. Participation in this program legally fulfills the compulsory instruction requirements of state law.
Home education is one of several means by which parents can fulfill their responsibility for education their children. The North Dakota legislature has enacted laws to ensure that the state’s responsibilities and legitimate interests in this endeavor are also guaranteed and protected. With the combined rights and interests of the state and of parents, the state has delegated certain responsibilities to local school districts to work with home educators to assure that all North Dakota students are receiving a quality education.
To Home Educate or Home School your child you need to:
- Complete the Statement of Intent to Home Educate
- Must be filed every year and are due September 10
- Provide the parent’s proof of qualification:
- A copy of GED, HS diploma, or Advance Degree or transcript
- Provide a copy of your child’s birth certificate
- Provide a record of immunizations (or letter of objection)
- Arrange for Standardized Testing in Grades: 4, 6. 8, or 10
- Parents with a bachelor’s degree may opt out of this requirement
- Test results are due by June 15
Home Education District Responsibilities
Home School Parents: The following is information that our district is required to provide home school parents upon receiving the Statement of Intent to Home Educate. If you have questions or need additional clarification, please contact the WFPS Home School Coordinator.
A parent supervising home education shall maintain an annual record of courses taken by the child and the child’s academic progress assessments, including any standardized achievement test results. If the child transfers to a public-school district, the parent shall furnish the record, upon request, to the school district superintendent or other administrator. 15.1-23-05. Home education - Academic records.
Resources and support for students who are experiencing learning difficulties and who may need special education and related services, as well as the responsibility of the local school district to identify and appropriately serve such students (NDCC 15.1-23-11, 15.1-23-12, 15.1-23-13) Information available at: https://www.nd.gov/dpi/uploads/1211/DPIHomeEducInformationalPaper.pdf Parent supervising a child with an IEP must file progress reports on November first, February first, and May first of each school year. Please contact the WFPS Home School Coordinator or Special Education Director for more information.
Provide the local school district’s expectations for each student at the appropriate grade level in the subjects required by statute (NDCC 15.1-21-01, 15.1-23-04, 15.1-23-17) Curriculum information is available at: http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/standard/perform/index.shtm
15.1-23-08. Test administration. Provide information regarding the standardized achievement test. While in grades four, six, eight, and ten, each child receiving home education shall take: (1) A standardized achievement test used by the school district in which the child resides; or (2) A nationally normed standardized achievement test if requested by the child's parent. Home school students can participate in their student’s school testing by contacting the school administrator in September for testing dates and to register.
A copy of the state law on home education (NDCC 15.1-23) Available at: https://www.legis.nd.gov/cencode/t15-1c23.pdf?20150714132045