Home School Education
Minnesota currently recognizes only one accrediting agency, the Home-Based Educators Accrediting Association, for accrediting homeschools. Homeschools do not need to be accredited. However, one benefit of being accredited is being waived from a requirement for a nationally normed achievement test for each student ages 7-17 each year.
No state certification of individual private schools or homeschools: State standards set for public schools do not apply to nonpublic schools – whether regular private schools or homeschools. Therefore, the Minnesota Department of Education nor local school districts certify or validate any nonpublic or homeschool, diploma or transcript.
County social services has jurisdiction on educational neglect. The Minnesota Department of Education does not have jurisdiction to investigate concerns of educational neglect of any student. As with other types of abuse or neglect, mandatory reporters must and others may contact county social services where the student resides to report.
Home-School Questions and Answers - 3/12/20
Initial Registration Form for Unaccredited Schools - 9/5/19
This form is to be submitted to resident school superintendents by October 1 of each year, or within 15 days of withdrawing a child from public school. Revised April 2015.
Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction - 8/29/19
This form is to be submitted to the resident school superintendent by October 1 of each year after the instructor has provided the same district with an Initial Registration Form. Revised April 2015.