Home School Option
Home schooling is an alternative option to public or traditional private school attendance. Public Online Learning is not home school. A parent may choose to home school their child(ren) at any time during the school year, however, the parent must register their intent to home school in the district in which they live within 15 days of withdrawing their child from public school.
Home school families in South St. Paul School District should receive a letter in August from the district that will assist them in submitting the necessary forms for the following school year. There are steps that need to be taken in order to register a home school within the school district:
- Home School Full Report
This form is to be printed, completed by the parent and mailed or submitted electronically to resident school superintendents by October 1 of each year, or within 15 days of withdrawing a child from public school in order to home school.
- Letter of Intent to Continue Home Schooling
This form is to be printed, completed by the parent and mailed or submitted electronically to resident school superintendents by October 1 of each year after the parent has provided the same district with a Full Report.
- Student Immunization Record
This form is to be printed, completed by the parent or health care provider and must be sent along with the Full Report form or Letter of Intent to Continue form. The Minnesota Department of Health provides helpful information regarding school immunization laws in Minnesota. The law does include home schools.
The Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) has determined that home schools are private schools that provide their own curriculum, transcripts and diplomas. MDE does not vouch for or certify curriculum, transcripts or diplomas. South St. Paul School District cannot provide curriculum, transcripts or diplomas for home school students.
The State of Minnesota requires nationally norm-referenced standardized achievement examinations for home schooled students each year. Minnesota Statewide Testing Program through the University of Minnesota is one source that provides testing materials for home school educators in Minnesota.
Minnesota Statewide Testing Program
University of Minnesota
879 – 29th Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Completed forms should be submitted by September 15:
- Request for District Secondary Guidance/Counseling Services
- Request for District Pupil Health Services
- Request for Textbooks, Standardized Tests and Individual Instructional Materials
Please contact the district’s Home School Liaison at (651) 457-9470. Helpful information is also located on MDE’s website under Nonpublic and Homeschools.
- Home School Full Report