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Exempt School [Home School] Program

General Information

Parents (or legal 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 mandatory school attendance law (Section 79-201 R.R.S.).

2019/20 School Year – Paper Submission

Via Mail (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live in the Lincoln area) (no faxes or emails will be accepted).

  • Before you begin, review the following documents:
    • Rule 13, and
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
    • Then, download/print the Instructions & Forms Packet.
      • The packet includes:  Instructions, Statement of Election & Assurances (Form A) (two copies are attached), Form B, and Information Summary
    • Submit the documents by mail only (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live in the Lincoln area) (no faxes or emails will be accepted)
    • NOTE: Exemption election filings will be accepted either via the online submission OR via paper submission by mail – do NOT submit both ways.
    • Exemption election submissions are due annually by July 15. After July 15, see section 003.02A on page 4 of Rule 13 for exemption election due date information.
    • If you cannot download the documents, contact the Exempt School Program Office to request a packet by mail.

2019/20 School Year – Online Submission through the Nebraska Exempt School Program

2019/20 School Year – Changes Subsequent to the Initial Filing (applies to both Online & Paper Filers)

  • This section only applies after you have filed for the 2019/20 school year and wish to make changes.
  • Reporting Changes Subsequent to the Initial Filing
  • Mid-school year filings – it is highly advisable to withdraw your child after NDE has received your submission. See Sections 003.02A1 and 003.02A2 of Rule 13 and questions D1, D28 & D29 of the FAQs for further information.
  • Additional enrollment(s) during the school year – this applies when parents/legal guardians have already filed and received the Acknowledgement Letter for the 2019/20 school year:
    • Prior to/or promptly upon the student’s enrollment, submit by mail or by email to, a Form A from each parent or legal guardian (if one parent has sole legal custody, provide verification), the documentation specified in Section 004 of Rule 13 (Information Summary), and the student’s birth certificate. (Rule 13, Section 003.02B).

Statistical Information

Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or
Updated September 10, 2019 9:51am