Homeschooling laws can change, so be sure to check the Nevada Department of Education website for updates.
Are you ready to start homeschooling in Nevada? You may have many questions about topics like what you need to do to begin, what recordkeeping and testing is required, and how you need to interact with your local school district. You will want to start by understanding Nevada homeschool law. You may feel overwhelmed as you start this process, but there are resources available and other homeschoolers who have already succeeded on this adventure!
Here is some information on Nevada homeschool requirements to get you started:
Nevada Homeschool Law
According to Nevada Revised Statute 392.040, “Except as otherwise provided by law, each parent, custodial parent, guardian or other person in the State of Nevada having control or charge of any child between the ages of 7 and 18 years shall send the child to a public school during all the time the public school is in session in the school district in which the child resides unless the child has graduated from high school.”
- The child is enrolled in a private school pursuant to chapter 394 of NRS; or
- A parent of the child chooses to provide education to the child and files a notice of intent to homeschool the child with the superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides in accordance with NRS 388D.020.”
What do I need to be eligible to be a homeschool parent?
There are no required minimum qualifications for you to homeschool your child.
Do I need to notify the school district of my intent to homeschool my child?
Yes. In accordance with NRS 388D.020, “If the parent of a child who is subject to compulsory attendance wishes to homeschool the child, the parent must file with the superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides a written notice of intent to homeschool the child […]:
- The notice of intent to homeschool must be filed before beginning to homeschool the child or:
- Not later than 10 days after the child has been formally withdrawn from enrollment in public school; or
- Not later than 30 days after establishing residency in this State.
- The purpose of the notice of intent to homeschool is to inform the school district in which the child resides that the child is exempt from the requirement of compulsory attendance.
- If the name or address of the parent or child as indicated on a notice of intent to homeschool changes, the parent must, not later than 30 days after the change, file a new notice of intent to homeschool with the superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides.
- A notice of intent to homeschool must include only the following:
- The full name, age and gender of the child;
- The name and address of each parent filing the notice of intent to homeschool;
- A statement signed and dated by each such parent declaring that the parent has control or charge of the child and the legal right to direct the education of the child, and assumes full responsibility for the education of the child while the child is being homeschooled;
- An educational plan for the child that is prepared pursuant to NRS 388D.050;
- If applicable, the name of the public school in this State which the child most recently attended; and
- An optional statement that the parent may sign which provides: “I expressly prohibit the release of any information contained in this document, including, without limitation, directory information as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(a)(5)(A), without my prior written consent.”
- Each superintendent of schools of a school district shall accept notice of intent to homeschool that is filed with the superintendent pursuant to this section and meets the requirements of subsection 5 and shall not require or request any additional information or assurances from the parent who filed the notice.
- The school district shall provide to a parent who files a notice a written acknowledgment which clearly indicates that the parent has provided notification required by law and that the child is being homeschooled. The written acknowledgment shall be deemed proof of compliance with Nevada’s compulsory school attendance law. The school district shall retain a copy of the written acknowledgment for not less than 15 years. The written acknowledgment may be retained in electronic format.”
What educational options are available to my homeschooler?
Homeschooled students may be eligible to participate in classes at the public school or charter school per NRS 392.074, providing certain criteria are met. File the Notice of Intent to Participate in Programs and Activities annually to request participation in public or charter school classes.
Nevada Homeschool Requirements
Even though Nevada does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Nevada homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
- Begin homeschooling by age 7.
- File the required Notice of Intent to Homeschool with the required Educational Plan attached. The Notice of Intent to Homeschool only needs to be filed once when beginning homeschooling.
- Provide instruction in the following required subject areas: English, including reading, composition, and writing; mathematics; science; and social studies, including history, geography, economics, and government. As stated on the Notice of Intent to Homeschool, “An educational plan that contains these requirements must not be used in any manner as a basis for denial of a notice of intent to homeschool that is otherwise complete. The parent is not required to ensure that each subject is taught each year that the child is homeschooled.”
- File the Notice of Intent to Participate in Programs and Activities annually if your homeschooled child is “requesting participation in programs of special education, any classes or activities, or sports or interscholastic activities and events, at a public or charter school pursuant to NRS 388D.070, NRS 392.072, & NRS 392.074.”
- Stay current with homeschooling laws and requirements.
Do I need to administer testing to my homeschooler?
No. There are no assessment requirements for homeschooling in Nevada.
What records do I need to keep when I homeschool my child?
While Nevada may not have required recordkeeping, we recommend you do some personal recordkeeping to provide verification of education in the event you would need to show some form of educational proof to the state or other legal entities or to prepare for re-entry into public school or postsecondary pathways. This includes the following:
- Immunization records
- Lists of texts and workbooks used
- Student schoolwork samples and/or portfolios
- Test and evaluation results
- Correspondence with school officials
You may also be able to find more information on Nevada homeschool requirements through your local school district.
Other Nevada Homeschool Policies
Once you make sure that you are following Nevada homeschool law and meeting Nevada homeschool requirements, here are some other things you need to know:
Can my homeschooled child participate in services and extracurricular activities offered by the public school?
Homeschooled students may be eligible to receive special education and related services in accordance with NRS 392.072 and may participate in extracurricular activities per NRS 392.074, providing certain criteria are met. As stated in NRS 388D.070, “If a homeschooled child wishes to participate in classes, activities, programs, sports or interscholastic activities and events at a public school or through a school district, or through the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, the parent of the child must file a current Notice of Intent to Participate in Programs and Activities with the school district in which the child resides.”
What if I want to re-enroll my child in public school after homeschooling?
You may decide that you want to discontinue homeschooling and enroll your child in a public school. According to NRS 338D.040, “If a child who is or was homeschooled seeks admittance or entrance to any school in this State, the school may use only commonly used practices in determining the academic ability, placement or eligibility of the child. If the child enrolls in a charter school, the charter school shall, to the extent practicable, notify the board of trustees of the school district in which the child resides of the child’s enrollment in the charter school. […] A homeschooled child seeking admittance to public high school must comply with NRS 392.033. A school or organization shall not discriminate in any manner against a child who is or was homeschooled.”
Based on NAC 389.680, “A school district may, in accordance with policies developed by the board of trustees of the school district, grant a pupil credit toward graduation from high school or toward completion of an adult high school program for his or her successful completion of a correspondence course” if certain criteria are met.
What are my child’s postsecondary options after homeschooling?
According to NRS 338D.040, “Each school district shall allow homeschooled children to participate in all college entrance examinations offered in this State, including, without limitation, the SAT, the ACT, the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Each school district shall ensure that the homeschooled children who reside in the school district have adequate notice of the availability of information concerning such examinations on the Internet website of the school district maintained pursuant to NRS 390.015.”
As you help your child plan for postsecondary adventures, be sure to contact colleges and universities, organizations, and/or the military for admissions requirements.
See the Nevada Homeschooling page on the Nevada Department of Education’s website for even more information on homeschooling in Nevada.
Connect With Local Homeschoolers
Remember, too, that you are not alone. You should connect with local homeschoolers from your state, who can help you with Nevada homeschool law and Nevada homeschool requirements and offer you all kinds of practical advice and suggestions. They can give you guidance on everything from curriculum to daily schedules to recordkeeping, and they may be able to share information about local resources, support groups, and field trips. Click the image below to find Nevada Homeschool Groups by county.