Home Education Information

All "Statement of Intent to Home Educate" forms should be sent to the administration office of the school district of residence.  Do not send the forms to the Ward County Superintendent of Schools Office.  The information is on this web site is for informational purposes only.

“Home education means a program of education supervised by a child’s parent, in the child’s home, in accordance with the requirements of this chapter.” North Dakota Century Code Chapter 15.1-23-01.
 Summary of Requirements
The following are requirements for home educators:
  • Statement of Intent: Must be filed 14 days prior to the beginning of home education.
  • Birth Certificate: Proof of identity as it relates to NDCC 12-60-26
  • Immunization: Proof of immunization or exemption as it relates to NDCC 12-60-26       North Dakota Century Code Chapter 12-60
  • Parent Qualifications: A parent may supervise home education if the parent holds a high school diploma or general education development certificate to home educate. A parent may still supervise home education without these requirements if monitored.
  • Progress Report: Parents are required to maintain an annual record of courses taken by their child(ren) and the child’s academic progress, including standardized achievement tests results.
  • Standardized Testing: See below.
  • Instruction: A minimum of 4 hours per day for 175 days a year, in the child’s home, with instruction being provided by the parent is required.  School attendance or home education is required for children ages 7-16.
  • Curriculum: Core curriculum includes math, science, reading / English, spelling, social studies, health and physical education, music, and electives at the high school level.
  • Graduation: See below.
Download the statement of intent form.

Standardized Testing
A standardized achievement test used by the school district of residence will be administered in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10. If required by the parent, they shall take a nationally nor med standardized achievement test. Tests must be administered by a certified teacher. The cost of testing is paid by the school district unless the parents selects their own test and person to administer the test. In this case, the parent pays the costs.  15.1-23-08 through 15.1-23-10
If the child’s basic composite score falls below the 15th percentile nationally, the child must be professionally evaluated for a potential learning problem by a multidisciplinary assessment team. If the child's basic composite score falls below the 50th percentile nationally, the child must be monitored.

Effective through July 31, 2015 home education students may receive their high school diplomas from the child's school district of residence, an approved non-public high school, or the center for distance education if they have met the issuing entity’s requirements for high school graduation.  15.1-23-17.