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Home Education in Minnesota

Be sure to submit your notice of intent to homeschool to the local public school superintendent by October 1 of each year. Use the form provided by one of the major home education organizations and not the forms provided by the public school.  Both organizations also have other guidelines and information that will help you get started.

NOTE: The information provided is a guideline. It is important for all parents to understand the statutes, procedures, policies, and/or guidelines in their home state and do what is necessary to comply with them. Find out the law in your state.

Home Education Resources and Support Groups

Families have been educating their children at home for years.  You don't need to start from scratch! 

Start with our Home Education Resources where you'll find links to curriculum, materials, teaching methods, answers to common questions about home education, step-by-step suggestions and creative options, and links to national organizations. Our goal is to share some of the best and most popular materials and resources.

You are not alone! There are many home education support groups in your area who have suggestions for teaching individual subjects, outlines of teaching methods, special needs links, activities, events, and much, much more. 

We also have links below to the major home education organizations in Minnesota.  You can find more support groups at their website.


Private Schools

Use the National Center for Education Statistics to find a private school in your area - just enter your city!  This useful database has many ways to search, provides stats such as grade levels of schools, student population, contact info for schools.

Laws and Standards

For the best understanding on the law and how to read it, we recommend National Home Education Legal Defense (NHELD). Once you read their site, you'll know why they are your vanguards of true legal freedom.  Here is an excerpt from NHELD:


Parents educate their children for a variety of reasons in a variety of ways. However, there is one thing that is crucial for all parents, the need to be free so that they are able to educate in the manner in which they choose in the best interest of their children. Together, we can and must retain this freedom; without freedom, there is only one choice: government schooling. That is not acceptable.


We also have links to the laws regarding education (from the HSLDA website) and educational standards (from Developing Educational Standards)

If you feel that your group is not properly represented below - or if you know of a group that should be listed in one of our categories - or if you find a broken link - please let us know.  Thank you!


You may want to start with the main home education organizations in your state.

Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

P.O. Box 32308, Fridley, MN 55432

Phone:  (763) 717-9070 or (866) 717-9070

Email:  info@mache.org


MACHE leadership is comprised of home educating parents who have "been there and done that." We seek to provide help for parents who would like to take control of their children's education in their own homes, including handbook, annual commencement, conferences, training, legislative alerts, and more. $35 annual dues.

Minnesota Homeschoolers Alliance (MHA)

P.O. Box 40486, St. Paul, MN 55104

Phone:  (612) 288-9662 or (888) 346-7622

Email:  mha@homeschoolers.org


MHA is a statewide non-profit that provides information and support to homeschooling families. Unlike many other groups, MHA is nonsectarian--we have no religious affiliation or orientation. MHA can help you bring a "family first" approach to your child's education. We can provide information about local support groups as well, including teen group! $25 annual dues.

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Eclectic Community of Homeschooling Opportunities in Minnesota (ECHO-MN)

Email:  echo-mn@earthlink.net

An inclusive outreach group designed to help families with children of all ages learn about homeschooling. Offers quarterly meetings, egroup communication, and connection with local support groups. No dues.

Area:  Twin Cities and greater Minnesota


Home Educators and Youth (HEY)

Email:  email@mnhey.org

Home Educators and Youth is a local support and information group serving all homeschoolers. We offer monthly parents' meetings, field trips, drama opportunities, co-op learning experiences, a graduation ceremony and more. We send out a monthly newsletter and offer a large homeschooling reference library. $25 annual dues (may be waived with scholarship).

Area:  Northeast Minnesota


Home Educators for Excellence

Contact:  Kim Schiller

Email:  schiller@usfamily.net

Secular co-op for preschool-8th grade offering high quality, tutor-taught classes in Science, Spanish, Art, and Drama. We also offer service learning, many field trips, and family support. We meet once a week September through May. $75 registration fee.

Area:  Burnsville


Homeschool Minnesota

Contact:  Tina Ridler, (507) 282-3820

Email:  thewordcafe@charter.net

A Christian "face to face" support network serving homeschooling families. Our support group meets monthly for fellowship, topical speakers, roundtable discussion, and more.

Area:  Southeastern Minnesota


Mankato Area Home Educators (MAHE)

Contact:  Chris

Email:  techw@hickorytech.net

MAHE provides families with opportunities to share activities, events, and ideas with others who homeschool. This group is for families that have wide varieties of educational philosophies and various motivations for choosing to homeschool.  No fees.

Area:  Mankato Area


Minnesota Homeschool Network

9669 E. 123rd, Hastings, MN 55033

Phone:  (612) 437-3049


NW Metro Home Schoolers

Contact:  Kari, (763) 263-9488

Email:  nkcstrunc@yahoo.com

We are a diversified support group/play group welcoming all homeschooling families. Our group meets to socialize and support one another in the homeschooling journey. The current ages range from newborn to 12 years old. No fees to join, no mandatory attendance, just fun with friends.

Area:  Sherburne County and surrounding areas


Rochester Area Association of Christian Home Educators (RAACHE)

Email:  info@raache.org

RAACHE provides educational support, training, help and encouragement for home educators and students based upon Biblical principles, to facilitate excellence in academics, character, and citizenship. RAACHE offers choir, band, music organizations, sports, science and project fair, book exchange, high school graduation, and more. $25 annual fee.

Area:  Rochester and surrounding areas


Willmar Area Scholars at Home (WASH)

WASH offers support to homeschoolers through organized activities and educational opportunities for children and families, a directory of member families, WASHlines newsletter, WASH membership card, an Annual Book Sale, and a Spring Celebration that features our students' accomplishments. $20 annual fee.

Area:  Willmar and surrounding communities


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