If you are new to the state or are considering homeschool for the first time, then Nevada is a good state to be in. In recent years Nevada relaxed its most restrictive regulations, making homeschooling an easier choice for parents here.
The laws on homeschooling apply statewide; no district is allowed to enact more or different regulations. In order to begin homeschooling in Nevada you need to fill out the Notice of Intent to Homeschool form. The form asks for your and your child’s names, your address, and your education plan. You must also declare you have legal right to direct the education of your child and will assume full responsibility.
The intent form is easy to fill out and only needs to be filled out once unless your or your child’s name or address changes, or if the child is re-entering homeschool after being enrolled in public school. You need to fill out a separate form for each child you intend to homeschool.
Mandatory school attendance in Nevada begins at the age of 7. The intent form must be filed when a child reaches that age if you plan to homeschool from the very beginning. If you are pulling your child out of public school, the form must be filed no later than 10 days after you have withdrawn your child from school. If you are new to Nevada and plan to homeschool, you must file the form no later than 30 days after establishing residency here.
Nevada Homeschool Network suggests you mail the form with return receipt requested. This provides you with proof you followed the law by filing. You can also hand-deliver the form, but you should request confirmation that they have the form in their possession (for example, a copy of your form with “Received” and a date stamped on it). You can download a PDF of the Notice of Intent to Homeschool form on the Nevada Homeschool Network site as well as a list of the contact information you need to file the form.
Even though you do not need to re-submit paperwork for all subsequent years you choose to homeschool, the first time you file the intent form you must attach an education plan that is appropriate for the age and skill level of your child (as determined by you). It must cover English, including reading, writing and composition; math; science; and social studies, including history, geography, economics and government. An education plan can be as simple as a general list of textbooks, workbooks and other supplies you will use to teach each subject. You are not required to ensure that each subject is taught each year your child is homeschooled. If you are planning on using unschooling as your teaching method, you still need to attach an education plan to the intent form. A veteran homeschooler will be able to help you develop a plan that fits your style and needs.