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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.).

2021/22 School Year (as of August 13, 2021)


Statistical Information

  • 2018/19 Report on Participants in Nebraska Exempt Schools (04/2020)
  • 2019/20 Report on Participants in Nebraska Exempt Schools (available in September 2021)
  • The following student counts for the 2019/20 & 2020/21 school years are year-end estimates only and subject to change pending audit:
    • 2019/20
      • Students – 9,450
    • 2020/21
      • Students – 14,780
  • The following student count is based on filings received as of 08/10/2021 and subject to change on a daily basis:
    • 2021/22
      • Students –10,525 (as of 08/10/2021)


Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or
Updated August 13, 2021 5:02pm