Getting Started in ND
Are you new to homeschooling?
The BMAHE support group would be happy to help you in any way with any questions or concerns you have about home schooling. Feel free to contact us for help.
This page contains information on getting started, ND law, and curriculum. Visit our other resource pages to learn about homeschooling communities besides BMAHE and other opportunities available to homeschoolers.
Watch our Homeschool 101 information session.
Nancy Larson, BMAHE coordinator 2008-16 and veteran homeschool mom, graciously prepared this getting started information:
The following is a summary of the home schooling law in ND.
I recommend you go to www.ndhsa.org and order a "getting started" packet. It will contain useful information.
1. You need a high school diploma to home school. (If you do not have a diploma or a GED you will need to be monitored for a two year period).
2. Two weeks before you begin your home education program for the school year you need to submit a Statement of Intent to the administrative office of the public school district in which your child would be enrolled. This form has your name, your child's name, grade level, etc. The first time you send it in you need to submit a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization record as well as a copy of your diploma. They will keep these on file and you will not need to submit them again. The Statement of Intent is not a form granting you permission to home school, it simply states your intention to do so. We recommend you use the SOI that is posted on the BMAHE website or go to www.ndhsa.org and use the one listed there.
3. You may wish to administer standardized tests to your child in grades 4, 6, 8, and 10. The public school is required to provide one for you (as well as a teacher to give it) if you request. If you prefer to order your own test you can do so. It must be administered by a ND certified teacher with the results sent to the school district. The support group has several home educators who are teachers and give the test to families who need someone to do so.
Testing Opt Out as it relates to NDCC 15.1-23-09: The 2017 legislature passed HB 1428 which allows parents with philosophical, religious or moral beliefs opposed to standardized testing to opt out of testing as required in grades 4, 6, 8 and 10. Academic requirements are no longer required by law.
If you wish to opt out of testing for a given school year, you must indicate this on your Statement of Intent.
4. You are required to file a statement of intent for a child aged 7-16 each year you homeschool. The first filing should be done two weeks before your child turns 7.
There are a wide variety of curriculum options to consider. There are companies that provide a complete curriculum option such as ABeka, Bob Jones, Alpha Omega, Sonlight, My Father's World, etc. Some companies offer a virtual classroom experience with DVD's or online classes. There is a vast array of curriculum options available to meet the needs of each individual student and family. Sim
Simply Charlotte Mason provides this helpful "workshop" on Five Homeschooling Styles.
Knowing how our children learn is also helpful. HSLDA has this helpful article.
Cathy Duffy Reviews provides information and reviews on almost every homeschool curricula.
Some excellent home school curriculum sellers are: Christian Book Distributors (www.cbd.com), Rainbow Resource Center (www.rainbowresource.com), Heppner's Legacy (www.legacyhomeschool.com). There are many others as well.
Perhaps the greatest help in selecting curriculum is personal recommendation. We encourage you to contact us or other homeschoolers you know and ask for help. Noting your child's ages, learning styles, needs, etc is helpful. When we receive your email, we can help you via email or phone or set up a time to meet.