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North Dakota

Homeschooling in North Dakota

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in North Dakota. North Dakota is a moderately challenging state to homeschool in. It is recommended that you do thorough research to ensure you are in compliance with all state regulations. North Dakota is the number one producer of honey in the nation. This comes as no surprise when nearly 90% of the state’s land area – 39.1 million acres – is farms and ranches, making North Dakota a fun state for students interested in agriculture!

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    North Dakota offers two options for education at home. Parents who wish to homeschool directly may do so, or homeschooling may be achieved as a private school. Requirements vary slightly between these options.
  • Teaching

    Parents who homeschool are required to have a high school diploma or GED, unless they are monitored by a North Dakota certified teacher. Homeschool as a private school must be taught by a North Dakota certified teacher who has undergone a criminal background check. Required days of instruction vary from 175 to 180. North Dakota requires instruction in English language arts, including reading, composition, creative writing, English grammar, and spelling; mathematics; and social studies, including the United States Constitution, United States history, geography, and government. Additional specifics are required for 4th grade, 8th grade, and high school.
  • Testing

    North Dakota requires your child take a standardized achievement test used by the local school district or a nationally normed standardized achievement test in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10, unless you qualify for an exemption.
  • Registration

    Both options for homeschooling in North Dakota require annual notice of intent.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. North Dakota requires children between the ages of 7 and 16 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    North Dakota requires a yearly record of the courses your child has taken and your child’s academic progress assessments, including any standardized achievement test scores.

Advice For Homeschooling In North Dakota

Being organized will help you a lot when it comes to maintaining required records, submitting assessments, and ensuring instruction in all required subjects. With good preparation and due diligence, meeting these requirements is a less daunting task! Be sure to have a solid curriculum plan, stay on top of your required reporting, and utilize proper tools such as a planner to ensure that you fulfill your required days or hours of instruction per homeschool year. You may even find that the detailed requirements relieve you from the stress of “where to start” when planning out your homeschool year.

QUICK FACTS

Over 10,000 students homeschool in the Peace Garden State of North Dakota!

North Dakota has an array of co-ops and tutorials for the homeschoolers!

North Dakota parents have had the right to homeschool since 1989.

Explore Homeschooling Holiday Crafts & Recipes

Need some help celebrating holidays throughout the year? Follow the link below and find a resource full of crafts, recipes, and fun suggestions for celebrating not just Thanksgiving and Christmas, but so much more!

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History Museums

Do you ever wonder if your field trips are effective? With this download, you'll learn how to plan a history field trip, what to take along with you, and how to follow up on the trip with activities to reinforce learning. We've also included activity worksheets to use while on the field trip to help you make the most of your hands-on history exploration!

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

A summer break from formal curriculum is a healthy and good thing. But, you can still keep your child learning, even during the break! In this e-book, you'll find tips for ways to combine summer learning and summer fun.

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

How much do you know about your town? Notebooking can be a great way to process through learning about your city or town! In this My Town Activity E-Book, you'll find suggestions for completing notebooking activities to help you learn about both the geography and history of your community, town, or city. When you complete all of the research, you can add a cover and use a binder or folder to create a lasting version of your exploration!

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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