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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.).



2022/23 School Year (filing information available by early June)

It is too early to file for the 2022/23 school year.  The filing information for the 2022/23 school year will be available by early June.

  • Online filers – If the parent representative has an active exemption at the end of the 2021/22 school year, the parent presentative will receive an email once the 2022/23 online system is available.
  • Paper filers –  If the parent representative has an active exemption at the end of the 2021/22 school year, the parent presentative will receive a postcard once the 2022/23 filing materials can be printed from the website.  Renewal packets are mailed upon request only.  To be added to the mailing list for the 2022/23 renewal packet, contact Micki Iverson at micki.iverson@nebraska.gov or 402/471-1894.

 

2021/22 School Year

  • NDE has discontinued accepting 2021/22 submissions.

 

Statistical Information

  • 2019/20 Report on Participants in Nebraska Exempt Schools (October 2021)
  • The following student count is a year-end estimate only and subject to change pending audit:
    • 2020/21
      • Students – 14,780
  • The following student count is based on filings received as of 04/07/2022 and subject to change on a daily basis:
    • 2021/22
      • Students –13,709 (as of 04/07/2022)

 



Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or beth.bolte@nebraska.gov
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or micki.iverson@nebraska.gov
Updated May 2, 2022 5:10pm