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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

  • It is too early to submit a Rule 13 exemption for the 2019/20 school year.  The 2019/20 forms and information & link to the updated online submission will be available on this website by the end of May 2019.

2018/19 School Year

  • NDE has discontinued accepting 2018/19 submissions.

Statistical Information


Program Contacts

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


Updated May 3, 2019 4:09pm