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Homeschooling Information and Resources

Minnesota’s compulsory instruction law requires all children ages 7-17 to attend a public or nonpublic (private) school. Home-schools are considered a type of nonpublic school under Minnesota law. Because compulsory instruction and school attendance is mandatory, you must register the home school. A student between ages 7-17 must be enrolled in school and cannot miss school unless:

  • a home school is compliant with Minnesota Statutes, sections 120A.22 and 120A. 24; or
  • the parent has qualified for legitimate legal exemption to compulsory instruction in accordance with Minnesota Statutes, section 120A.22, subdivision 12.

Homeschool registration is coordinated by the District Enrollment Office. For more information about Homeschooling or to request a Homeschool registration packet contact the Enrollment Office at 218-284-3371 or email

Parents who home-school must notify the District Enrollment Specialist at Moorhead Area Public Schools:

  • By October 1 of the first year the child is home-schooled after reaching age 7;
  • Within 15 days of withdrawing a child from public school to homeschool or to enroll the child in any nonpublic school that is not accredited by a state-recognized accrediting agency (List of StateRecognized Accrediting Agencies);
  • Within 15 days of moving out of a resident district; and, by October 1, after a new resident district is established.

If you have more questions about Homeschooling, please visit the websites of home education associations listed below for additional details: