Minnesota Homeschool Regulations and Requirements
Minnesota compulsory school attendance age
Beginning with the 2014–15 school year, children between 7 and 17 years of age must receive instruction unless they have graduated. Regardless of age, once a child is enrolled in kindergarten or a higher grade at a public school, he or she is subject to compulsory attendance.
A school board may have a policy that exempts children under age 7 from being required to attend school. In any district, a child under age 7 who is subject to compulsory attendance may be withdrawn from enrollment for good cause by a parent. Please contact HSLDA if you have specific questions about how the compulsory attendance laws apply to your child.
HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under Minnesota law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.). These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver’s license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the military, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.
A-TeC Families are Eligible for a “Group -HSLDA Membership- Discount”. Please Use Code: 210585
The importance of recordkeeping
You can find Minnesota’s specific recordkeeping requirements, they are listed above. In addition to those requirements, HSLDA recommends that you keep detailed records of your homeschool program. These records may be helpful if you face an investigation regarding your homeschooling or your student needs to furnish proof of education.
These records should include attendance records, information on the textbooks and workbooks your student used, samples of your student’s schoolwork, correspondence with school officials, portfolios and test results, and any other documents showing that your child is receiving an appropriate education in compliance with the law. You should maintain these records for at least two years. You should keep your student’s high school records and proof of compliance with the home education laws during the high school years (including any type of home education notice that you file with state or local officials) on file forever. HSLDA’s high school webpage has additional information about homeschool recordkeeping.