Before you begin your homeschooling journey, it is important to familiarize yourself with the state laws. In the simplest terms, Minnesota requires homeschoolers to do three main things:
- Report yearly their intent to begin or continue homeschooling
- Submit immunization information once when starting homeschooling and again at the start of seventh grade
- Administer and maintain records of instruction and yearly testing of their children
- Reporting is the process of informing the school district of your intent to homeschool
- Parents do not need to declare their intent to homeschool or file any forms until their child reaches the school year after they turn seven years old.
- Once your child is seven or older, you must declare your intent to homeschool by October 1st of that school year. If you are removing your child from school, the letter of intent must be received within fifteen days of doing so.
Please see our Reporting page for more specifics
about reporting and to access the MHA reporting forms.
Immunization Reporting Basics
- Homeschoolers must submit an immunization report with their other paperwork once when they first declare their intent to homeschool and again at the beginning of each student’s seventh-grade year.
- Parents who have chosen to decline immunizations for medical reasons or conscientiously held beliefs must also report on that same schedule, but are instead required to submit a notarized statement about their child’s immunization status.
Please see our Immunizations page for more specifics on requirements, including necessary forms.
Annual Testing Requirement Basics
- Homeschooled children ages 7-17 are required to be given a standardized exam yearly. Children who are younger or older are exempt from compulsory instruction and are exempt from the requirement.
- Not every standardized test meets Minnesota’s requirements, but there are tests that do that are easily obtained and administered.
- The exam to be used during the year must be listed on the annual reporting form and must be agreed to by the superintendent. You can change your mind or your plan for testing during the year and just update the superintendent with any new details.
- The results of these exams are NOT reported to the state.
- There are several options for what style of test you’d like to use, including the standard fill-in-the-bubble test, a few interview-style verbal options and even an online option.
Please see our Yearly Testing page for more specifics, including
resources for where to research and order testing materials.