Minnesota Homeschooling Requirements

Minnesota

Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and/or the Minnesota Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavour. Enlightium Academy is here to help! 

Please, note that the resources below serve as a starting point for your family; it is important that you research Minnesota homeschooling requirements.

Minnesota’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

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Notifying the State

As Minnesota would define Enlightium as a “full-fledged private online learning school”, Enlightium’s school administration informs The Minnesota Department of Education of student attendance. The family does not need to notify the state.

Age Requirement

Ages six or younger:

Students are not required to attend school, but can enroll in primary school at Enlightium Academy to have a head start and be ready for Kindergarten.

Ages seven through 17:

Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they graduate or turn 17. This includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy.

Instructor Qualifications

According to the Minnesota Department of Education, the parent/guardian/teacher needs to have one of the following:

  • Receive supervision by a licensed teacher
  • A Minnesota teaching license relevant to the grade levels and subjects they are teaching
  • Complete the teacher competency exam
  • Teach in an accredited school or a school recognized by the state board
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree

As a part of Enlightium Academy’s dual accreditation, Enlightium teachers are state and/or ACSI certified. A number of our faculty members have Masters and Doctorate degrees in their fields. The teacher-led support packages are available for students in grades 3-12. Learn more at our Teachers page

Enlightium Academy also offers parent-led options for grades PreK-2 and for students in grades 3-10 Bronze support package. Under the parent-led option, parents act as teachers while Enlightium Academy provides grading and guidance support. 

Required Subjects

The Minnesota Department of Education requires the following subjects:

The first four bullet points are core courses at Enlightium Academy and should be assigned by your student’s counselor. The latter three bullet points are electives available at Enlightium Academy.

Standardized Assessment

The Minnesota Department of Education requires students to have a standardized assessment every year. 

Enlightium provides multiple assessment options:

Grades PreK-2: Standardized assessments are not available through Enlightium. Parents can speak with the superintendent of the local school district for direction.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Minnesota; therefore, parents are required to keep their children’s immunization records or exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Enlightium Academy does not require student immunization as we serve homeschool students. 

Minnesota requires that families report immunization at age seven and in grade seven to the superintendent of their local school district.

Keep a Portfolio

The Minnesota Department of Education specifically requires your family to show evidence of the following:

  • The required subjects listed above are being taken. Enlightium families receive a report card/transcript after each quarter which will show which courses were taken.
  • Evidence of required tests being taken. This likely refers to the standardized assessment, which Enlightium administers each Spring and sends families their student’s test scores via email.

You may also need to provide your state with additional information, so please keep a digital record every year you are enrolled at Enlightium Academy which should include:

  • Attendance - Enlightium provides your family with weekly progress reports. You can screenshot the details in these emails to show attendance.
  • Academic plans - Enlightium Academy counselors provide them during the registration process - Primary School (PreK-2), Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).
  • Academic Awards - Enlightium provides qualifying students with certificates for Honor Roll, Scholar’s List, Dean’s List, and the Presidential Award.
  • Social/Competition Achievements - Enlightium holds social events and competitions throughout the school year, such as art competitions and spelling bees.

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Minnesota Families

Enlightium Academy has an app and desktop platform for families of currently enrolled students. Within this app is a group just for families living in Minnesota to inform and support each other in fulfilling your state’s homeschooling requirements. 

Your family will be automatically added to this group upon enrolling at Enlightium and downloading the Enlightium Parents app (which is provided upon enrollment).

Ready to Enroll at Enlightium Academy?

  1. Explore Enlightium Academy’s website or watch this video about online homeschooling.
  2. If you have any questions:
    1. Chat with a team member
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    3. Call (866) 488-4818 option 2
  3. Ready to enroll? Click here to start the enrollment process and select the blue button near the top of the page.

Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school that serves homeschooling families by offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, and affordable education from the comfort of your home. For any other questions about Enlightium, please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com.

 

Sources reviewed in June 2021:

Pennsylvania Homeschooling Requirements
Arizona Homeschooling Requirements