Homeschooling has become a popular option among parents. This is an excellent way to maintain control over what children are learning and teach them the values parents consider relevant for their child’s growth. If you live in Nevada and want to start homeschooling your children, you might be wondering how to begin?
The first thing you must do is file a notice of intent with the local school district, then look for a curriculum that goes with your child’s needs and the state’s requirements. Make sure you comply with Nevada’s regulations and laws.
To get you started with homeschooling, there are a few pieces of information that you need to have handy. This article includes all the information required to begin your child’s homeschooling journey.
In Nevada, there is only one option to homeschool. It is relatively simple, and all you will have to do is file a notice before starting a homeschool program or no later than ten days after the student has been formally withdrawn from school. The homeschooling notice only needs to be done one time. A new file will need to be submitted within 30 days after any name or address changes occur for the student.
To homeschool in Nevada, parents should comply with the following requirements and laws:
- File the notice of intent to homeschool with the local school district. This notice is done once unless there has been a change in demographics.
- Must teach some required subjects (English, math, science, and social studies).
- NRS 386.462; about the applicability of provisions for homeschoolers.
- NRS 386.580
- NRS 388D.010; about the definition of “parent.”
- NRS 388D.020; about the notice of intent to homeschool and acknowledgment of notification.
- NRS 388D.03; about the release of child’s records.
- NRS 388D.040; about the admittance or entrance to the school, and the participation in examinations.
- NRS 388D.050; about the educational plan.
- NRS 388D.060; about the prohibition of discrimination.
- NRS 388D.070; about the participation in programs and activities at a public school.
- NRS 392.040; about the attendance required for a child between 7 and 18 years old.
- NRS 392.070; about the attendance excuse.
- NRS 392.072; about the participation of homeschoolers in programs of special education.
- NRS 392.074; about the participation in classes and extracurricular activities.
The registration process consists in filing a form for the notice of intent to homeschool with the superintendent of your local school district. The Nevada Department of Education has a standard form for the notice available.
Along with the notice, the following information and documentation must be included:
- Full name, age, and gender of the student.
- Your name and address.
- A signed and dated declaration that states you have custody of your child, have the legal authority to guide their education, and that you accept full responsibility for your children’s education while they are being homeschooled.
- A curriculum showing your children will learn the required subjects. This curriculum should be appropriate for the child’s age and grade level.
- The name of the Nevada public school the child attended, if applicable.
- A statement from you that prohibits publishing the information you provided in your notice of intent is optional.
The cost of homeschooling can vary depending on the program that is going to be followed. As it is a personalized curriculum and parents have the option of participating in more field trips, the cost can range from $300 up to more than $1,800 per student per academic year. By taking advantage of free resources readily available, such as a local library and community-sponsored events, you will be able to reduce and maintain lower homeschooling costs to fit your budget better.
Selecting a curriculum style will impact the goals and achievements towards the post-graduation plans of the student. In Nevada, choosing the curriculum style and the program is up to the parent. Some styles parents can choose from are:
- Deschooling: this is a fun approach to transition from public school to homeschooling. Includes field trips, going out for lunch, and some outdoor learning activities.
- Homeschooling-based curriculum with textbooks: is a prepacked plan with all the necessary information and lessons for the grade level chosen.
- Eclectic curriculum: this is a personalized program; the parents choose what their children will learn. This is the most flexible option.
- Unit studies: in this style, students will learn by doing. Parents will select an object of interest and will apply it to the subjects. This is a good approach when parents teach a few grade levels and children with special needs.
- Unschooling: with this option, the children will learn by living, children direct their education. The parents should supervise this and should always lookout for a “teachable moment.” Learning in this style will happen all the time. This is a method that parents use since birth, so it is simple.
The curriculum is up to the parents; however, Nevada law requires a list of subjects that needs to be taught:
- English (must include reading, composition, and writing)
- Social Studies (must include history, geography, economics, and government)
There are multiple ways to set up a homeschool curriculum. To determine which method is more suitable for you and your child, research and compare different companies that can provide an online learning environment, digital access to materials, or printed copies of everything needed for the school year. Include your child in the decision to encourage engagement and excitement for the new experience. To get your search started, here is a list of popular curriculum providers:
- School House Teachers
- Alpha Omega Publications
- ABC Mouse
- Adventure Academy
- Supercharged Science
- Khan Academy
When it comes to homeschooling in Nevada, parents are not required to keep any records. On the other hand, many families prefer to keep a homeschool portfolio and their kid’s academic records to track their child’s academic progress. Programs such as Applecore, Homeschool Panda, and Homeschool Tracker are great tools for maintaining attendance and grades while also offering a place to generate reports and transcripts.
Keeping the records for at least two years helps back up any proof of compliance with the homeschooling laws. Another reason to maintain them is to simplify creating a high school transcript for college requirements and could also be helpful to enter the military and even pass an employer’s background check.
Some of the documents to keep in a file are:
- Record of attendance.
- Test results
- Samples of the student’s work.
- Copy of the curriculum.
- Lists of textbooks, workbooks, and material used.
- Correspondence with school officials.
It is necessary to comply with the state’s homeschool regulations while homeschooling a child with special needs. In Nevada, there are no additional criteria for homeschooling children with special needs.
For special education, Nevada law treats homeschoolers the same as private schools. [NRS 392.070(2)].
A homeschooled child may be eligible for assistance supported by the federal IDEA program and the state since homeschooling is classified as a “private school” under Nevada law.
When all statutory requirements are satisfied, the governing body of a charter school and the board of trustees of the school district must enable homeschooled students to participate in classes, extracurricular activities, and sports in the district in which they reside.
The school system must get notification of a homeschooled child’s intent to participate in programs and activities.
The statutes that rule the access of homeschooled students to a public school are:
- Nevada Revised Statutes § 392.070
- Nevada Revised Statutes § 386.462
- Nevada Revised Statutes § 386.580
In Nevada, there are no specific requirements for graduating homeschooled students. It is good to create and follow a suitable curriculum based on students’ post-graduation plans and aspirations. Parents also have the option of reviewing graduation criteria for public, private, or online high schools.
In Nevada, homeschooled students will not get a high school diploma from a public school, but parents can create a certificate showing they have graduated from high school. Parents are also responsible for creating the transcript required to be admitted into college to get an undergraduate degree.
Some locations parents have available to take their children on a field trip are:
|Field Trip Destination||Location|
|Hoover Dam||30 miles southeast of Las Vegas|
|Austin Historical Society||Austin|
|Beatty Museum Historical Society||Beatty|
|Bowers Mansion Park||Carson City|
|The Children’s Museum of Northern Nevada||Carson City|
|California Trail Interpretive Center||Elko|
|Northeastern Nevada Museum||Elko|
|Western Folklife Center||Elko|
|East Ely Railroad Depot Museum||Ely|
|Nevada Northern Railway Museum||Ely|
|White Pine Public Museum||Ely|
|Eureka Opera House||Eureka|
|Eureka Sentinel Museum||Eureka|
|Churchill County Museum & Archives||Fallon|
|Genoa Courthouse Museum||Genoa|
|Clark County Museum||Henderson|
|Ethel M Chocolate Factory||Henderson|
|Anderson Dairy||Las Vegas|
|Clark County Wetlands Park||Las Vegas|
|Discovery Children’s Museum||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Art Museum||Las Vegas|
|Las Vegas Natural History Museum||Las Vegas|
|Nevada State Museum and Historical Society||Las Vegas|
|Red Rock Canyon||Las Vegas|
|Shark Reef Aquarium (in Mandalay Bay)||Las Vegas|
|Shelby Automobiles, Inc.||Las Vegas|
|Spring Preserve||Las Vegas|
|The Historic McGill Drug Company||McGill|
|Midas School House||Midas|
|Roos N More Zoo||Moapa|
|Nevada Test Site||North Las Vegas|
|Valley Of Fire||Overton|
|Fleischmann Planetarium and Science Center||Reno|
|Nevada Museum of Art||Reno|
|Central Nevada Museum||Tonopah|
|Tonopah Historic Mining Park||Tonopah|
|Mackay Mansion||Virginia City|
Homeschooling in Nevada can be reasonably accessible. The tricky part of this journey might be recognizing your child’s learning pattern, finding the time, curriculum style, and planning the schedule and program.
Besides this, homeschooling is an excellent option for parents who want to be more involved in their children’s education and development.