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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.).

2023/24 School Year (08/04/2023 update)

Letter to Exempt School Families from Commissioner Maher

  • The online system for the 2023/24 school year is available; see further information under the 2023/24 Online Submission banner.
  • Rule 13 filings for the 2023/24 school year by either online or paper submission are still accepted; please file as soon as possible.




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
    • 2021/22
      • Students –13,765
  • The following student count is based on filings received as of 08/19/2022 and subject to change on a daily basis:
    • 2022/23
      • Students –11,647


Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or
Updated August 4, 2023 3:29pm