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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 compulsory school attendance law (Section 79-201 R.R.S.).

Rule 13 is the rule governing the procedures and standards for parents (or legal guardians) filing for an exemption.

2017/18 School Year – Online and Paper Submission

We have discontinued accepting 2017/18 submissions.

2018/19 School Year – Online and Paper Submission

It is too early to submit a Rule 13 exemption for the 2018/19 school year.  By the end of May, the 2018/19 forms & information and link to the online submission will be available on this website.  Do not use the 2017/18 school year’s information and online system to file for the 2018/19 school year.

Statistical Information


Program Contacts

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

Updated on 05/04/2018