It is possible,
in the letter, to request a certain person as your semi-annual
evaluator. However, it is up to the kommune to approve or deny this
«The kommune's evaluation of homeschooling: The kommune evaluates
the obligatory education of children and youth who do not attend
school, and can call them in for special tests. The kommune will
demand that the child or youth attend school if the requirements set
forth in the law are not fulfilled.»
- In some kommunes it will be
the Head of your local public school who is responsible for the
- Whoever the evaluator is, s/he will
- The family and the evaluator will come to an
agreement as to how, when and where the evaluation will take place.
- Evaluation usually takes place at the neighborhood public school
or in some other public place once or twice per school year.
- Some families choose to take advantage of SFO (the
after-school program for years 1-4) to expand their children's social
- Some schools welcome homeschoolers participating in
various events, visits or part-time attendance.
- All this can be
discussed with the individual school.
- Some families have had
serious conflicts with their local school.
- In such a case, you
need to unambiguously notify the kommune that you need an evaluator
who is not connected to your local school.
- If you have a
suggestion for an alternate, include this in your communication.
is unadvisable to get into a discussion about why you choose to
- You may ask to borrow books from your local school.
This will not automatically be granted.
- Some schools allow the
homeschooled child to take part in certain classes, class trips,
celebrations or artistic performances.
- The library of course is
free and can order books and films from the entire Norwegian library
system for you.
- There is also a page of links on www.nhuf.no
can get NRK documentaries and other programs on the internett at
NRK-nettv, TV2-sumo and NRK skole: http://www.nrk.no/skole/
Fritids Ordningen, SFO:
- It is a tremendous resource for foreign
families with children under 10.
- Usually 3-4 hours in the early
afternoon, games, snack and socializing.
- It is a great way to
learn Norwegian and get to know the neighborhood kids in an informal
setting. Apply directly to the SFO, they use the school grounds, but
are administratively separate from the school.
Knowledge Goals /
- This link
provides a list of topics that children must have read or discussed
at the various grade levels. :
- The Ministry of Education
has a lot in English, but if you need a translation, please just copy
the relevant bit and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
«The right to free public lower school education: Pupils have a
right to free public lower school education. The kommune can not
demand that the pupils or their parents cover costs incurred in the
pursuit of lower school education, such as costs for teaching
supplies, transport during school hours, days in wilderness camp,
excursions or other trips which constitute part of their lower
- It is up to the local school whether they
will lend you school books. Contact them and ask. Sometimes your
evaluator will offer you all the relevant books.
- Most kommune
will not pay you for homeschooling, although some families have been
reimbursed for certain expenses upon presentation of receipts.
Lower School Diploma and High
- A homeschooled child does
not have an automatic right to grades or a diploma.
families choose to send their child to school in the 10th
year so that s/he will have the lower school school diploma.
schools let the child sit for all the 10th
year exams and will issue a diploma.
- When the child turns 15,
s/he can begin taking the high school exams in his/her county of
residence. See your county's website for more information.
«The right to high school education for youth: Youth who have
completed years 1-10 or the equivalent, have a right to full time
high school education, which they must apply for. (...) Youth over
the age of 15 apply by themselves for admission to high school.»
a child turns 15, s/he is can do all exams privately through the
kommune, and is no longer considered a homeschooler.