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  • Home school parents do everything that traditional private school administrators and teachers do, but in the context of their home. This means planning what students learn, keeping all records, managing costs and assuring the quality and scope of their student's education for college recruiters and employers. Students graduate from home schools with home school diplomas and home school transcripts, just as they would from other private schools.
  • In accordance with Minnesota state law, Elk River Area School District is required to ensure that all school-age children living within the district’s boundaries are being educated. The district’s primary role is to provide the necessary information and forms to each Home School for compliance and documentation. The district has no educational records of students who have been home schooled. Likewise, the district does not verify or certify any home school diploma or transcript.


The following information is mandatory and must be submitted to this office by October 1 of each year. If complete information is not received, the district must report the Home School as "Not Compliant" in our report to the State of Minnesota:

Initial Registration Form (or other format)
This form is to be completed and submitted by October 1 or within 15 days of withdrawing a child from a public school in order to home school.

Letter of Intent to Continue to Provide Instruction (or other format)
This form is to be completed and submitted by October 1 of each year after the instructor has provided the same district with an Initial Registration Form.

Student immunization and conscientious objection information is available under Health Services.

The following form is optional:

Educational Reimbursement Rate
The Minnesota Department of Education has established the following nonpublic pupil aids reimbursement rate for the 2024-25 school year:

Educational aid reimbursement = $120.97

If you choose to participate and in order to be eligible for reimbursement, you are required to complete and return the Student Report for Aids to Nonpublic Students form by October 1. All receipts submitted for reimbursement must be received by May 1 and dated during this fiscal year which began July 1, 2024. All materials, for which reimbursement is received, must be labeled as "Property of ISD 728." Appendices A and B (from MDE’s Education Aids for Nonpublic School Students document) outline the educational materials that are eligible for reimbursement through this program.

Minnesota home schools are encouraged to carefully review the Questions and Answers information provided by the Minnesota Department of Education.


Joe Stangler
Home School Administrator
(763) 241-3400 x1235
Theresa Simon
Home School Coordinator
(763) 241-3400 x1239
Home School Office
ISD 728 Administration
11500 193rd Avenue NW
Elk River, MN 55330
(763) 241-3407
State Home School
Minnesota Department of Education
(651) 582-8572