Home School Info
Dear Home School Parents/Guardians,
If you have any children who will not be homeschooled this year, please notify Nan Cecka at 952-707-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Please reference the Minnesota Department of Education at www.education.state.mn.us and go to the following menu options: Students and Families > Non-Public and Homeschool
Requirements: According to Minnesota’s Compulsory Instruction Law, instruction must be provided in at least the following subjects:
- Basic communication skills including reading and writing, literature and fine arts
- Math and science
- Social studies including history, geography and government
- Health and physical education
A national norm-referenced standardized achievement examination is required annually if your child/children are in a non-accredited home school and are between the ages of 7-17. The tests can be ordered through the University of Minnesota Testing Center at 612-626-1803. If the results of the assessments indicate that the child's performance on the total battery score is at or below the 30th percentile or one grade level below the performance level for children of the same age, the parent must obtain additional evaluation of the child's abilities and performance for the purpose of determining whether additional support for learning would be beneficial.
Non-public school students are not required to take state assessments. Burnsville-Eagan-Savage Schools will, for a fee, test non-public students if they reside within the district attendance area. If interested contact the District 191 home school office. Requests for an assessment must be made at least two months prior to the assessment date. Testing dates can be found on the district’s website, www.isd191.org. All assessments will be administered at a Burnsville-Eagan-Savage school. These assessments do not replace the annual standardized achievement examinations required of home school students.
Special Education Services:
Child Find: Independent School District 191 is committed to locating any child residing within the school district boundaries that has a disability and may be in need of special education services. If you are concerned about your child’s educational achievement, language, articulation or social/emotional development and you suspect that your child may have a disability, please contact Stephanie White, Director of Student Services, at 952-707-6261 or email@example.com. She will discuss your specific concerns and determine if an evaluation for special education is appropriate.
Special Education Services: A home school child with a current Individual Education Program (IEP) plan can receive special education services through shared-time enrollment in District 191.
Special Education Comprehensive Evaluation: A home school child with an IEP is eligible to receive a comprehensive special education evaluation every three years conducted by the Burnsville-Eagan-Savage School District at no cost to the parents/guardian.
REQUIRED FORMS TO COMPLETE AND RETURN
Item #1A: Homeschool Full Report (Download the Form)
Homeschools must do a full report of information in three situations:
- By October 1 in the first year that they homeschool in Minnesota
- Within 15 days of withdrawing a child from public school in order to homeschool
- Within 15 days of moving out of a district and by October 1 to the superintendent or designee when new residence is established. Stacie Stanley is the District 191 designee.
Item #1B Letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling (Download the Form)
A letter of Intent to Continue Homeschooling is written information on an MDE form or other format provided to the local resident school superintendent or designee by October 1 of each year after the instructor has previously provided the same district with a Full Report. It communicates:
- That the family is still homeschooling in the district
- Changes related to the names and birthdates of the students receiving instruction
- Changes to the annual nationally normed achievement testing plan
- Changes to the instructor name or qualifications
- Changes to the school’s accreditation status
- Updates to immunization record required by law at age 12 (7th grade)
(please note that an address change to a new school district requires a full report)
Item #2: 2017 Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students (Download the Report)
If you intend to submit receipts for reimbursement of text books or instructional supplies at some point during the year, you must return the Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students by October 1, 2017. Forms submitted after October 1, 2017 cannot be processed.
Item #3: Pupil Immunization Record or a Notarized Conscientious Objection Statement (Download the Pupil Immunization Record)
The Pupil Immunization Record or a notarized conscientious objection statement is required to be on file for each student who is home schooled. Please complete and return this form if you have not previously provided our office with the immunization record.
Please return the above items to:
Home School Department, Attn: Nan Cecka
200 W Burnsville Parkway
Burnsville, MN 55337
FOR YOUR INFORMATION
I wish you well in your home school endeavors for this upcoming school year. If you have questions, contact Nan Cecka, at 952-707-6278 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stacie Stanley, Ed.D.
Home School Administrator