Minnesota Homeschooling

Homeschooing can seem like a daunting task. With some helpful resources, great support, and good information, it can become an exciting and rewarding journey for your family. We've put together the best information and resources on homeschooling in Minnesota into one website to allow you to find what you need. Whether you are looking for information on unschooling, searching for a support group, seeking local resources and information, or just needing a little motivation, we've got it all and much, much more!

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Annual Report to School District
In the summer of 2011, the Minnesota Legislature passed the Homeschool Mandate Reduction bill, improving homeschool reporting and strengthening homeschooling rights in Minnesota. Minnesota law does not specify how home educators should write their annual report, only that it is due by October 1 each year and certain information must be communicated. MÂCHÉ encourages you to use one of these forms or to write your own letter instead of any documents a local school district may send because those u...
Initial Report To Superintendent
This pdf form is the form homeschoolers fill out when they first begin homeschooling AND when their child reaches age 7. (Note: If your child is under age 7 but was previously enrolled in public school, you may need to file this form upon removing them from school.
Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling
This is a suggested form from the Minnesota Department of Education to submit the Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling. Information must be submitted by October 1 of each year after a Full Report has been filed in the same district.
120A.26 Enforcement and prosecution.
g and mediation. If the specified alleged violations of the compulsory attendance requirements are not corrected within 15 days of receipt of the written notification, the superintendent must request fact-finding and mediation services from the commissioner. Subd. 5.Notice to county attorney. If the alleged violations are not corrected through the fact-finding and mediation process under subdivision 4, the superintendent must notify the county attorney of the alleged violations. The superintend...
124D.09 Postsecondary enrollment options act.
Subdivision 1.Citation. This section may be cited the "Postsecondary Enrollment Options Act." Subd. 2.Purpose. The purpose of this section is to promote rigorous academic pursuits and to provide a wider variety of options to high school pupils by encouraging and enabling secondary pupils to enroll full time or part time in nonsectarian courses or programs in eligible postsecondary institutions, as defined in subdivision 3. Subd. 3.Definitions. For purposes of this section, the following terms ...
The Bell Museum of Natural History
Located in Minneapolis, the Bell Museum has exceptional scientific collections. Nearly 4 million specimens—mammals, birds, fishes, plants, mollusks and insects—provide opportunities for research and learning. From Eurasia to South America, Bell Museum scientists collect specimens to build the museum's biological collections, which serve as an international library for scientific research. In addition to collections from around the globe, the Bell Museum has the largest collection documenting Min...
School@Home
This blog shares the day to day life of a homeschooling family located in the suburbs of the Twin Cities in Minnesota. You'll find education news, homeschooling resources, ideas, field trip stories, and more.
Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction
Submit a Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction to the superintendent’s office in the school district where the parent/legal guardian resides. Complete the information using this form or a written or electronic format of your choice. Information in the Letter of Intent must be submitted by October 1 of each year after a Full Report has been filed in the same district. If you have moved, you must file a new Full Report.
Minnesota Home School Laws from HSLDA
The Home School Legal Defense Association provides a brief summary of the homeschooling laws in Minnesota. Includes a link to a legal analysis of laws relating to homeschooling in Minnesota.
Homeschool Full Report
This is a suggested form from the Minnesota Department of Education to submit a Full Report to the superintendent's office in the school district where the parents/legal guardians reside.
Minnesota Department of Education
This is the official website for the Minnesota Department of Education.
Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)
The Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators was formed in 1983 to encourage Christian families in the home education of their children. MACHE (pronounced "Mah-shay'") is a statewide, facilitating organization for all parents who have chosen to homeschool.
Rochester Homeschoolers
Rochester Homeschoolers is a homeschool support group formed to bring families of Rochester Minnesota and the surrounding communities together regularly to make friends, to learn, and to play. This inclusive group offers group activities, field trips, and more.
Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE)
The Fellowship of Christian Home Educators (FoCHE) organization serves families who homeschool their children in grades Kindergarten through 12th grade. This is a Christian group that provides social outlets for the parents and children, provides a variety of educational experiences for the children, and provides encouragement to its members. They offer parent-taught classes, field trips, craft times, gym and free play. They meet in Shakopee, MN, on Friday mornings.
Minnesota Education Tax Credit & Deduction
Minnesota has two programs—the education tax credit and the education tax deduction (also called a subtraction)—to help families pay expenses related to their child’s kindergarten through 12th grade education. Both programs lower the taxes you must pay and may even provide a larger refund when you file your Minnesota Individual Income Tax Return.
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Schools are artificial man-made institutions in contrast to the home, which is a natural setting. There have always been many cultures with no schools, but none without homes. Learning at home, in fact, was the original education system, and school has become the substitute.

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