North Dakota Homeschool Deets Explained by DoNotPay
As a parent, you want the best education for your child—sometimes, this can mean taking matters into your own hands!
Under North Dakota homeschool laws, you have two choices for homeschooling your child, as follows:
- Homeschooling as an individual
- Homeschooling as a private school
- You must have a high school diploma or GED
- A certified ND teacher must monitor you for the first two years
- Teaching has to take place on at least 175 days per year for at least four hours per day
- You have to teach the required subjects
- You must keep records of courses, tests, and learning achievements
- Your child has to take standardized tests at grades four, six, eight, and ten
You can opt to set yourself up as a private school, meaning you could—in theory—teach other children after your successful registration.
The requirements for private schools in North Dakota are:
- You have to be a certified teacher in ND
- You need to submit to a criminal record check
- Your child has to be taught for a minimum of 180 days each year
- You must teach the same subjects as are taught in public schools
You need to register as a private school, and you need to update your registration each year.
For the majority of parents, homeschooling as an individual is the easier route.
The State of North Dakota prescribes the following subjects at elementary, middle, and secondary levels:
|School Level||Mandatory Subjects|
|Elementary and middle school||
If your child is being homeschooled in North Dakota, they don’t have to miss out on the social element of public schooling or the extracurricular activities offered in traditional schools.
Homeschooled students are eligible to take part in all the extracurricular activities offered by their local public school under the same rules that apply to students enrolled there.
To get a curriculum that covers the subjects and topics for your child’s grade, you can:
If you are confident in your subject knowledge and teaching ability, you can design your own curriculum.
This is not an easy route to follow, though, as North Dakota is one of the few states that confers high school diplomas on homeschool students. The diplomas are regulated by your local school district.
To get a high school diploma, your child has to follow the high school curriculum closely, and you must submit a:
- Summary of what course material you have taught in each subject
- List of each course’s targets and the way your child met them
- Transcript of your child’s achievements from grade nine through grade 12
- Body of evidence as required by your school district
Your child also has to take four standard tests while in homeschool, meaning that your freedom to design a bespoke curriculum is relatively limited.
Designing your own curriculum can include varied teaching methods, though. If your child favors active or project-based learning, you can still use these approaches as long as the desired results are delivered.
You can also use third-party certified teachers to teach subjects you are not comfortable with.
Numerous organizations offer off-the-shelf curricula for homeschoolers in North Dakota.
Buying a curriculum package often means you are tied to one teaching approach, so you should be careful that your choice takes account of:
- Your child’s learning preferences
- The teaching style you are comfortable with
- Your child’s grade and performance on tests compared to your school districts averages
- Your budget
Ready-made curricula may not be as flexible as ones you design yourself, but you do have the peace of mind that the required subjects for your child’s grade are covered adequately.
The letter needs to include:
- Your child’s name, address, and grade
- The names of both parents, including their contact details
- A list of any extracurricular activities or courses your child intends to take part in within the public school system
You can draw the letter up yourself, but any mistakes will mean that your notification will be seen as non-compliant—meaning your child may be labeled a truant.
DoNotPay has you covered, though—we can in a couple of clicks!
DoNotPay believes that your homeschooling journey in North Dakota should be hassle-free!
To help you on your way, we can draw up a perfect letter of intent and even send it automatically to your school district—you can concentrate on the challenge of becoming the best teacher your child has ever had!
Here’s how to get your letter of intent:
- in your web browser
- Click on our Notice of Intent to Homeschool feature
- Answer a few questions so we can capture all the necessary info
Job done—your letter will be ready in a flash! You can choose to have it sent automatically, or you can print it out and deliver it yourself. We can even get it notarized for you with no fuss using our online notarization service!
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