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Exempt Schools

Exempt (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 compulsory school attendance law (Section 79-201 R.R.S.).

Rule 13 is the rule governing the procedures and standards for parents (or legal guardians) filing for an exemption.


NOTE: Exemption election filings will be accepted either via the online submission OR via paper submission by mail – do not submit both ways.


2017/18 Online Submission through the Nebraska Exempt School Program

Before you begin, review the following documents (available in pdf format):

2017/18 Paper Submission Via Mail (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live in the Lincoln area) (no faxes or emails will be accepted)

Before you begin, review the following documents (available in pdf format):

Then, download/print the Instructions & Forms Packet here. The packet includes:

  • Nebraska Exempt School Program/Instructions for a Rule 13 Exemption Via Paper Documents
  • Statement of Election & Assurances (Form A) (two copies are attached)
  • Form B, and
  • Information Summary

Utilize the “Instructions” to assist in the completion & submission.

  • Submit the documents by mail only (or drop off the information at the Department of Education if you live nearby).

Exemption election submissions are due annually by July 15.


If you cannot submit online or download the documents, contact the Exempt School Program Office to request a packet by mail; indicate if this is a first year filing or renewing from the 2016/17 year.


2016/17 School Year

We have discontinued accepting exemption election filings for the 2016/17 school year.

Statistical Information

Program Contacts
  • Beth Bolte: (402) 471-2795 or beth.bolte@nebraska.gov
  • Micki Iverson: (402) 471-1894 or micki.iverson@nebraska.gov

Updated on 06/08/2017