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Exempt (Home) School Program

General Information

Parents (or guardians) may educate their child at home by electing not to meet State approval or accreditation requirements (Section 79-1601 R.R.S.).  In Nebraska, "home schools" are referred to as exempt schools and are considered non-approved or non-accredited schools.  By filing for and receiving exempt status, parents are electing not to have their child attend a school that meets State approval and accreditation requirements while also complying with the compulsory school attendance law (Section 79-201 R.R.S.).

Rule 12 and Rule 13 are the rules governing the procedures and standards for parents (or guardians) filing for an exemption, and are the same with the exception of the reason for the exemption and that Rule 12 exempt schools will need to comply with immunization laws.

On the following links are the Frequently Asked Questions document, rules and regulations, a list of private parent support organizations, and the forms to file for an exemption.

Forms for the 2014/15 School Year

Review the Frequently Asked Questions, Checklist For Completing Forms, and Rules documents before completing the forms.

Rule 12 Checklist & Forms

Rule 13 Checklist & Forms

  • Make copies for your records.

  • See "Checklist for Completing Forms" for submission instructions.

  • For families seeking to renew their exemption for the 2014/15 school year, the completed documents must be filed with NDE by July 15, 2014 (or earlier if possible).

  • For first year filers, the completed documents must be filed at least 30 days prior to when you begin your exempt school.

    • If you reside in Nebraska when your local school district begins its school year, we highly recommend filing before that school year begins or as soon thereafter as possible.  For example, your local district’s school year begins on August 11, 2014; submit your exemption election filing by July 11, 2014 (or earlier if possible).

Statistical Information

Program Contacts
  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or

Updated on 05/08/2014