Homeschooling in North Dakota

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Learn about your homeschooling options in North Dakota with this article. Find out what you need to teach and learn where to access online resources that can help your child study subjects ranging from algebra and Earth science to literature and music.

Beginning a Homeschool in North Dakota

State regulations require you to submit a statement of intent to your local school district every year that you homeschool your child from the ages of 7-16. This statement must be completed at least 14 days before your begin homeschooling and will need to include the following information about your child:

  • Name and address
  • Birthdate and grade level
  • Proof of identity
  • Immunizations
  • Public school classes your child will attend
  • Extracurricular activities your child will participate in

You will also need to include your name, address and qualifications. You are required to possess a high school diploma or its equivalent to teach your child without any oversight. You will be monitored by a certified teacher for at least 2 years if you do not meet this educational requirement.

You may also homeschool as a private school if you are certified as a teacher. You will need to receive approval from your superintendent to homeschool in this manner, though you do not need to file a notice of intent if you choose this option.

Providing Instruction in North Dakota

North Dakota requires you to provide instruction on at least 175 days per year. You must instruct your child for a minimum of 4 hours on each of these days. Elementary and middle school students must study science, social studies, language arts, math, health and physical education every year. If you're teaching a younger child, click on the links to find elementary school courses that can provide the educational help you need.

You can also check out middle school classes included among these homeschooling resources and take a closer look at the high school requirements and courses listed below. Each of these online resources allows your child to study these subjects at their own pace via short lessons and interactive quizzes that make studying fun and easy:

High School Subject Requirements Courses
English 4 units 9th Grade English
10th Grade English
11th Grade English
12th Grade English
Mathematics 4 units including:
Algebra I
A class requiring Algebra II as a prerequisite
High School Algebra I
High School Algebra II
High School Trigonometry
High School Precalculus
Science4 units including:
Physical science and biology
High School Physical Science
High School Physics
High School Biology
High School Chemistry
Social Science4 units including:
World history and US history
Problems of democracy or
½ unit each of US government and economics
High School World History
High School U.S. History
AP Macroeconomics
Fine Arts2 units including:
AP Music Theory
Foreign Language 2 units Basic French
Basic Spanish
AP or Dual Credit 1 unit Advanced Placement Courses

Additional course requirements include health and physical education (1/2 unit each per year), career and technical education (2 units total) and North Dakota studies (1 unit total).

Homeschool Assessment in North Dakota

Once your child reaches fourth grade, he/she will need to complete standardized testing every other year until he/she reaches tenth grade. However, you can choose not to have your child complete these exams if you:

  • Have a teaching license
  • Completed a baccalaureate degree
  • Meet cutoff scores on a national teacher exam

Additionally, if you are teaching as a private school, you are not required to meet these assessment requirements. However, your child will need to complete a series of WorkKeys tests or the ACT in the 11th grade.

Homeschool Graduation in North Dakota

It is possible for your child to receive a high school diploma if you follow the educational requirements of the state. Make sure your child competes the required number of credits listed above and that you maintain records to indicate your child's progress. In order to receive a diploma, you will need to provide this documentation to one of the following:

  • Your school district
  • An approved nonpublic school
  • The North Dakota Center for Distance Education

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