A homeschooled child is “a child who receives instruction at home and who is exempt from attendance.” See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 385.007(3). A child may be homeschooled by a parent, custodial parent, legal guardian, or other person who has control of the child and the legal right to direct the child’s education. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(14). For the full homeschool statute, see Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700.
|Notification:||Before beginning to homeschool a child, or within 10 days after withdrawing a child from public school, or within 30 days of establishing residency in the state, the parent must file a notice of intent to homeschool with the local superintendent using a form developed by the Department of Education and made available by local school districts. This notice of intent must include (a) the name, age, and gender of the child; (b) the name and address of each parent filing the notice of intent to homeschool; (c) a statement signed and dated by each such parent declaring that the parent has full control or charge of the child and the legal right to direct the child’s education and assumes full responsibility of said education; and (d) an educational plan for each child. If the notice of intent is complete, the school district will provide a written acknowledgement that will serve as proof that the child is being legally homeschooled. If the name or address of the parent or child changes from that indicated on the notice of intent, the parent of a child must file a new notice of intent no later than 30 days after the change. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(1-8).|
|Days or hours:||None.|
|Subjects:||Parents must prepare an educational plan of instruction for each child covering “English, including reading, composition and writing, mathematics, science and social studies, including history, geography, economics and government” and “appropriate for the age and level of skill of the child as determined by the parent.” Not every subject must be taught each year. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(12)|
|Other:||(1) “A school or organization shall not discriminate in any manner against a child who is or was homeschooled.” See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(10). (2) “No regulation or policy of the State Board, any school district or any other governmental entity may infringe upon the right of a parent to educate his or her child based on religious preference unless it is: (a) Essential to further a compelling governmental interest; and (b) The least restrictive means of furthering that compelling governmental interest.” See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(13).|
Services Available to Homeschooled Students
|Part-time enrollment:||Yes. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.705.|
|Extracurriculars:||Yes. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.074.|
|Disabilities:||Yes. See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.072|
|Other:||“Each school district shall allow homeschooled children to participate in the high school proficiency examination . . . and all college entrance examinations offered in this State, including, without limitation, the SAT, the ACT, the Preliminary SAT and the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.” See Nev. Rev. Stat. § 392.700(11).|
Nevada’s homeschool law originally required annual notice, but that requirement was removed.
This overview is for informational purposes only and does not constitute the giving of legal advice.