How to Homeschool in Nevada

This information is not legal advice and should not be used as such. You should verify all requirements with the government agency in your area before you begin homeschooling. You may find contact information in the links below.
  • In Nevada, homeschooling is known as "homeschool".
  • Compulsory attendance is required for children ages 7 through 18.

From the United States Department of Education

In order to homeschool, the parent (meaning parent, custodial parent, legal guardian, or other person who has control or charge of the child and the legal right to direct the child's education) must submit a written notice of intent, using a standard form created by the Nevada Department of Education, to the superintendent of schools of the child's resident school district.NRS 388D.020.

The notice of intent must be submitted before the start of the homeschool program, no later than 10 days after withdrawal from public school, or no later than 30 days after establishing residency in the state. The notice of intent informs the school district that the home-schooled student is exempt from the compulsory attendance law. NRS 388D.020.

The notice of intent includes:
(1) the full name, age and gender of the child;
(2) the name and address of each parent filing the notice of intent to homeschool;
(3) a statement signed and dated by each such parent declaring that the parent has control or charge of the child and the legal right to direct the education of the child, and assumes full responsibility for the education of the child while the child is being home-schooled;
(4) an educational plan for the child that is prepared pursuant to NRS 392.700.12; and
(5) if applicable, the name of the public school in the state that the child most recently attended. NRS 388D.020.

The school district must provide the parent a written form of acknowledgment that indicates the parent provided notification that the student will be home-schooled. "The written acknowledgment shall be deemed proof of compliance with Nevada's compulsory school attendance law. The school district shall retain a copy of the written acknowledgment for not less than 15 years." NRS 388D.020-7.

The superintendent of schools of the child's resident school district is not authorized to require additional information or assurance from the parent other than the notice of intent. NRS 388D.020-5.

The homeschooled students' instruction must include English (including reading, composition and writing), mathematics, science and social studies (including history geography, economics and government) as appropriate for the age and skill level of the child as the parent determines. NRS 388D.050.

A Public school districts must allow homeschooled children to take any college entrance exam offered in the state. The district must ensure that adequate notice is given via the district's website. NRS 388D.040.

Each school district must provide special education programs and related services to homeschooled children who are eligible pursuant to NRS 388.44 to 388.520. NRS 392.070.2.

A home-schooled child may participate in any public school classes or extracurricular activities (excluding sports) at the request of the parent or legal guardian if there is space available, a notice of intent is filed, and the parent demonstrates to the board of trustees that the child is qualified to participate in that class or extracurricular activity. The child cannot be made to meet more than the eligibility provisions covering public school students' participation. NRS 388D.070.

A home-schooled child must be allowed to participate in interscholastic activities and events (including sports) that are governed by the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. NRS 388D.070.

Contact Information

Nevada Department of Education
700 E. Fifth St.
Carson City, NV 89701
Phone: 775-687-9200
Fax: 775-687-9101
Website: http://www.doe.nv.gov


Source: United States Department of Education - Nevada State Regulations

From the Nevada Department of Education

Nevada Law (NRS 392.070, NRS 388D.020) provides for a waiver of the compulsory attendance laws and procedures for parents/guardians to follow in pursuing the waiver.

Intent to Home School Notification

If the parent of a child who is subject to compulsory attendance wishes to homeschool the child, the parent must file with the superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides a written Nevada Notice of Intent to Homeschool (PDF) the child pursuant to NRS 388D.020 and

The notice of intent to homeschool must be filed before beginning to homeschool the child or:
(a) Not later than 10 days after the child has been formally withdrawn from enrollment in public school; or
(b) Not later than 30 days after establishing residency in this State.

If the name or address of the parent or child as indicated on a notice of intent to homeschool changes, the parent must, not later than 30 days after the change, file a new notice of intent to homeschool with the superintendent of schools of the school district in which the child resides.

A notice of intent to homeschool must include only the following:
(a) The full name, age and gender of the child;
(b) The name and address of each parent filing the notice of intent to homeschool;
(c) A statement signed and dated by each such parent declaring that the parent has control or charge of the child and the legal right to direct the education of the child, and assumes full responsibility for the education of the child while the child is being homeschooled;
(d) An educational plan for the child that is prepared pursuant to NRS 388D.050;
(e) If applicable, the name of the public school in this State which the child most recently attended; and
(f) An optional statement that the parent may sign which provides:
I expressly prohibit the release of any information contained in this document, including, without limitation, directory information as defined in 20 U.S.C. § 1232g(a)(5)(A), without my prior written consent.

Acceptance of Notification

Each superintendent of schools of a school district shall accept notice of intent to homeschool that is filed with the superintendent pursuant to this section and meets the requirements of subsection 5, and shall not require or request any additional information or assurances from the parent who filed the notice.

Acknowledgement of Notification

The school district shall provide to a parent who files a notice a written acknowledgment which clearly indicates that the parent has provided notification required by law and that the child is being homeschooled. The written acknowledgment shall be deemed proof of compliance with Nevada’s compulsory school attendance law. The school district shall retain a copy of the written acknowledgment for not less than 15 years. The written acknowledgment may be retained in electronic format.

Educational Plan

Attach a statement of the educational plan for the child, appropriate for the age and level of skill of the child as determined by the parent, in the subject areas of:
English: including reading, composition and writing
Mathematics
Science
Social studies: including history, geography, economics, and government.

An educational plan that contains these requirements must not be used in any manner as a basis for denial of a notice of intent to homeschool that is otherwise complete. The parent is not required to ensure that each subject is taught each year that the child is homeschooled.

The parent must be prepared to present the educational plan of instruction and proof of the identity of the child to a court of law if required by the court.

This section does not require a parent to ensure that each subject area is taught each year that the child is homeschooled.

Public School Re-enrollment

If a child who is or was homeschooled seeks admittance or entrance to any school in this State, the school may use only commonly used practices in determining the academic ability, placement or eligibility of the child.

A school or organization shall not discriminate in any manner against a child who is or was homeschooled.

Extra Curricular Activities

If a homeschooled child wishes to participate in classes, activities, programs, sports or interscholastic activities and events at a public school or through a school district, or through the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, the parent of the child must file a current notice of intent to participate with the school district in which the child resides.

To be eligible to participate in a sanctioned sport, a parent or legal guardian of a homeschooled child must submit to the school district in which the homeschooled child resides a written notice of intent to provide instruction for the homeschooled child at home. A parent or legal guardian of a homeschooled child who submits such a notice shall be deemed to be the teacher of the homeschooled child for all matters relating to participation by the homeschooled child in a sanctioned sport.

To be eligible to participate in a sanctioned sport, a parent or legal guardian of a homeschooled child must submit evidence satisfactory to the Executive Director that the homeschooled child has complied with the requirements for academic eligibility adopted by the school district in which he or she resides pursuant to NAC 385B.756. The evidence must be submitted to the person designated by the school pursuant to paragraph (c) of subsection 4.

Special Education

Each school district must provide special education programs and related services to homeschooled children who are eligible pursuant to NRS 388.44 to 388.520. NRS 392.070.2.

College Testing

Each school district shall allow homeschooled children to participate in all college entrance examinations offered in this State, including, without limitation, the SAT, the ACT, the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

Each school district shall ensure that the homeschooled children who reside in the school district have adequate notice of the availability of information concerning such examinations on the Internet website of the school district maintained pursuant to NRS 390.015.

Contact Information

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Updated 29 December 2021

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