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Home School & Nonpublic

The Community Education Department is the designee contact for School District 196 nonpublic/homeschool education. Our office is located at 15180 Canada Avenue, Rosemount MN 55068. For additional information, contact the Office of the Community Education Director at 651-423-7722 or send an email to

Nonpublic/homeschools must comply with state requirements in accordance with the Minnesota Compulsory Instruction Law. This information is to be reported to the Community Education office by October 1 of each year or at any time during the year when the educational status of a school-age child changes. The law requires each public school district to annually report to the state the compliance status of all school-age children living within its boundaries.

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Homeschool Education

Community Education annually hosts an orientation for homeschool families. It will be held August 12, 2020, at the District Office, 3455 153rd Street West, Rosemount, in the Dakota Room from 6:30 to 7:30pm. This is a great way to network within the homeschool community, obtain appropriate paperwork and get questions answered. We would love to see you there!

Homeschool parents/guardians do everything that traditional nonpublic school administrators and teachers do, but in the context of their home. This includes planning what students learn, record keeping, managing costs and assuring the quality and scope of their student’s education to college recruiters and employers. Students graduate from homeschools with homeschool diplomas and transcripts, just as they would from other nonpublic schools. Neither the Minnesota Department of Education or local school districts validate or certify any nonpublic school’s education, transcripts or diplomas.

2019-20 Homeschool Forms

To be compliant with MN state law, the following paperwork is needed by October 1.

Optional Forms and Policies

Useful Information for Homeschool and Nonpublic School

Nonpublic Education

The Minnesota Department of Education defines a nonpublic school as any school, church or religious organization, or home school where a student can fulfill compulsory education requirements, that is located in the state, and that meets the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Minn. Stat. Ann. §123B.41, Subd. 9.

Accreditation for nonpublic schools is optional, but is made possible by an organization that has been recognized by the Minnesota Nonpublic Education Council or the Commissioner of Education.

Community Education annually hosts an orientation for nonpublic schools within district boundaries. Schools receive information about compliance requirements and available programs and services. It is held in May, at the District Office, 3455 153rd Street West, Rosemount.

2019-20 Traditional Nonpublic Education Deadlines (most forms are distributed directly to the school)

Due: October 1, 2019

  • NonPublic Letter of Intent to Continue (for those that reported last year) or NonPublic Full Report (for those that are new to reporting)
  • Student Census Form
  • Actual MDE Report for Aid Reimbursement Request Form for 2019-20

Due: November 2019

  • Bus Safety Annual Reporting Information Form (due by November 6, 2019)
  • MDE Nonpublic Fall Report (send original to MDE and a copy to the Community Education office)

Due: February 2020

  • Nonpublic Schools Reimbursement Agreement
  • Estimated MDE Report for Aid Reimbursement Request Form for 2020-21

Due: April 2020

  • Title Participation Form

Due: June 21, 2020

  • Add Drop Enrollment Report Form for 2020-21

Other Useful Information for Nonpublic Schools