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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.).

Updates (04/12/2024)

  • 2024/25 School Year
    • There is legislation pending which may impact the filing procedures under Rule 13.
    • The 2024/25 filing information will be available in June 2024.
  • 2023/24 School Year
    • NDE will discontinue accepting 2023/24 submissions effective 5:00 p.m. CT on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. Refer to FAQ questions D26-D29 for further mid-school year filing information.
    • The Exempt School Program team continues to issue Acknowledgement Letters for the 2023/24 school year.  We are currently reviewing submissions received by November 30, 2023.




Statistical Information


Program Contacts

  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or
Updated April 12, 2024 4:03pm