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Homeschooling in Nebraska

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Use this article to learn about your options for homeschooling in Nebraska. Check out teaching resources and enrollment regulations to make sure you're ready to teach your child.

Homeschool Registration in Nebraska

Nebraska is in the process of proposing changes to its homeschooling laws. However, the regulations have not been changed yet.

Currently, in order to homeschool your children, you will need to complete a signed affidavit under one of two state rules. Rules 12 and 13 both allow you to homeschool your children; a Rule 12 affidavit simply states you wish to direct the education or your child, while Rule 13 is used if you have religious reasons for homeschooling or would like to exempt your child from immunization requirements.

When to Sign Up

These forms can be found on the website for the Nebraska Department of Education (www.education.ne.gov). If it is your first year homeschooling, you need to fill out these forms 30 days before you intend to begin teaching your child at home. Every following year the forms will need to be submitted by July 15th.

You can mail these forms, drop them off at the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) or email PDF copies. Keep in mind that you are required to provide a copy of your child's birth certificate the first year you homeschool. This may influence how you decide to file the paperwork. You are not required to inform your local school district that you're homeschooling, though you can if you wish.

Homeschool Instruction

You will need to complete 1,032 hours of instruction each year if your child is in the elementary grades. Older children require 1,080 hours of teaching. You do not have to teach on a set amount of days throughout the year.

Nebraska doesn't require homeschooling parents to complete any special training. You are also allowed to teach other people's children, as long as you are listed on the forms as the instructional provider. The following subjects must be part of your instruction:

  • Language arts
  • Mathematics
  • Social studies
  • Science
  • Health

Where to Find Teaching Resources

These homeschool courses can serve as useful study tools for your child. They cover the core academic subjects as well as business, psychology, the humanities and more. The courses are full of short, easy-to-follow lessons that can be accessed at any time.

You can also take advantage of these social studies, science, math and language arts courses if you have a younger child. These study guides are designed especially for children in elementary school.

Interactions with Public Schools

Your child can dual-enroll at the local public school if you wish to use its classes as an educational supplement. Additionally, your child may be able to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports or music, that are offered by public schools. To find out if your child is eligible to take part in these activities, you can contact the Nebraska School Activities Association (www.nsaahome.org).

High School Graduation

Nebraska doesn't offer a high school diploma to homeschooled children. However, your child can earn a State of Nebraska High School Diploma by completing the GED exam. You can check out the GED Testing Service website to get information about registering for this test (www.ged.com).

Preparing for success on the GED can be easy with this GED Study Guide. This online course can be accessed anywhere and at any time, allowing your child to study whenever he or she wants. Short video lessons cover the information your child will be tested on, and interactive quizzes make it easy for your child to measure his or her progress.

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