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Homeschooling in Nevada

Instructor: Melinda Santos
Before you begin homeschooling your child, it is important to understand the specific state laws and requirements expected of this alternative form of education. Here, you'll learn about Nevada state homeschooling laws and find out how to get your home school started.

Homeschooling in Nevada

Students in the state of Nevada are considered homeschooled if they are primarily receiving their education in a home setting by a parent or guardian. As such, these students are not held to the compulsory attendance standards required of public schools. Parents homeschooling their children are not required to have any educational certification or follow a set schedule or curriculum. Homeschooled students are not awarded public high school diplomas, but they can transfer to public school by taking placement exams, earning the required credits and taking state-required exams. They also have the option of earning a diploma through adult education programs or by passing the GED exam. While homeschooled students are not required to take state proficiency testing or college entrance exams, Nevada state law allows them to participate in these assessments if they so desire. They are also allowed to take part in school district interscholastic activities, including sports.

Nevada Homeschooling Laws

Nevada state law requires homeschooling parents to submit a formal Notice of Intent to Homeschool to the school district's superintendent notifying them of the withdrawal of their child from the public school system and including the date of when homeschooling will begin. This notice must include all pertinent information for both the student and parent, a signed statement of responsibility and an outline for an age-appropriate educational plan the parent intends to follow while homeschooling. The law requires a parent's educational plan to include subject matter in English, math, science and social studies as appropriate to the age and skill level of the child.

Home-Based Public School Programs

While being homeschooled, students are not permitted to take distance education courses or participate in online charter school programs that are part of Nevada's System of Public Instruction. Students that are within Nevada's public school system, however, are allowed to enroll in accredited charter schools that offer online education programs. These distance learning programs are governed by the state, much like public schools. They are taught by licensed teachers with specific curriculums and students are required to take all state-mandated tests.

Preparing to Homeschool

Following the guide below will help you identify the steps needed to begin homeschooling your child:

  • Find a curriculum: You can choose a curriculum based on the state standards taught in public school or select one that meets the educational goals you set for your child. Study.com offers English language arts, math, social studies and science courses for elementary, middle school, and high school students along with a wide variety of homeschool courses that can be used to supplement your curriculum. Each lesson features brief but engaging videos and interactive quizzes to keep kids actively learning. You can also refer to any of the Study.com lesson plans or use the templates to customize your own instructional plan.
  • Follow a set schedule: One benefit of homeschooling is the flexibility to make your own academic schedule according to what works for you and your child. However, establishing a general schedule and following it will help you define and achieve the educational goals you set for your child.
  • Find support: Joining local homeschool organizations will provide added benefits for both you and your child. You can receive answers, support and encouragement as you begin your homeschool journey, and your child will have the opportunity to socialize with peers. You can find an extensive list of homeschool support groups by county on the Nevada Homeschool Network website.

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