How to Homeschool in North Dakota

The decision to start homeschooling can be a hard and stressful one, especially if the laws seem complex and hard to understand. North Dakota's homeschool statute is one that can easily confuse potential homeschool parents. However, it is not as complicated as it seems, this article will explain all that you will need to do to homeschool your family. In this article you will find:
  • An overview of North Dakota homeschool laws
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in North Dakota
  • A description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started

* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

North Dakota Homeschool Laws

As a homeschool parent in North Dakota, you are required to teach the same subjects taught in public schools. These subjects can be taught however you deem acceptable, however all subjects must be covered and you must provide instruction in these subjects 4 hours a day, for175 days. In addition to the required subjects you will also have to meet the following requirements:
  • Maintain records of your child's progress in the subjects above and assessments
  • File a statement of intent each year
  • Meet ONE of the following teaching requirements,
    • Have a high school diploma or a GED
    • Be monitored by a certified teacher for the first two years of homeschooling*
  • During grades 4, 6, 8 and 10, your child must take the standardized achievement test used in your school district
Statement of Intent
Each year you choose to homeschool your child you will need to submit a statement of intent to your local superintendent at least 14 days before your homeschool instruction begins. The statement must include the following:
  • The names and contact information of both the supervising parent and child
  • Date of birth and grade level of the child
  • The qualifications of the parent (i.e. high school diploma or GED)
  • Any public school courses your child may take and the school district that the courses are being taken
  • Any extracurricular activities your child will take part in
  • Proof of identity for your child (this can include birth certificate, school transcript, or other student records)
  • Proof of immunization
This PDF is a sample of the statement form you will need to file annually.

*It is important to note that if your child scores below the 50th percentile on the standardized test during the time of monitoring, the monitoring must continue until the child scores at or above the 50th percentile.

Homeschool Groups in North Dakota

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in North Dakota to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

North Dakota Homeschool Association (NDHA)
NDHA encourages Christian parent-led home education for children. As a member of this group you will have access to a monthly newsletter and e-newsletters that will keep you up to date on both NGHA events and announcements, and state announcements about homeschooling. You will also be able to have full access to the NDHA website. Here you will be able to find support groups in your area, information on homeschool laws in North Dakota and annual testing. If you are a Christian homeschool parent and this sounds like a helpful group for your family check out their limited website for more information about the fees and other benefits.
Fargo-Moorhead Homeschooling Network
At Fargo-Moorhead Homeschooling Network, you will find an inclusive homeschool support group that welcomes all families regardless of religion or philosophy. The groups main focus is giving homeschool families the opportunity to meet and interact with one another, since some of the best and most helpful support can come from those who have been through or are going through what you are. Fargo-Moorhead Homeschool Network also organizes events and activities to get homeschool children together and shares resources with its members. Take a look at their Facebook page and see if Fargo-Moorhead Homeschooling Network is right for your family.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for North Dakota

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of North Dakota. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The North Dakota legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.