Frequently Asked Questions
We have put together some responses to FAQ from parents who are new to homeschooling:
  • Homeschooling means that the parents take full responsibility for the practical details of the education of their own children.
  • Homeschooling is permitted, just like private or public schools.
  • One can begin to homeschool at any time. It is not necessary to wait until the school year is over.
  • There is no upper or lower time limit to homeschooling. You can decide to homeschool for 6 months or ten years.
  • When your child turns 15, s/he is considered an adult as far as the education system is concerned and can apply to high school or just register for the high school exams.
  • There are no formal education requirements for the homechooling parent. However, you will need practical knowledge, skills and experience in various fields, good general knowledge and an interest in learning. Homeschooling naturally requires that you can handle the responsibility and are motivated to perform the task you have undertaken.
There are different reasons why parents choose homeschooling:
  • Regardless of the reason, you have the right to homeschool.
  • The crucial factor is the quality of the education.
To begin homeschooling, you must notify the kommune that you live in before you remove your child from school. There is no need to ask for permission or apply.
Kunnskapsløftet allows free choice of method:
  • This means that you as a homeschooler choose educational methods that support learning for your child.
  • The education need not occur in any particular manner and need not follow any particular program.
  • The goals in the curriculum are goals for what pupils should be familiar with at the various ages.
Homeschooling is an active choice made by the parents:
  • If parents do not notify the kommune before homeschooling starts, and don't communicate with the kommune regarding evaluation, it's considered truancy and not homeschooling.
  • The kommune is required to evaluate homeschoolers. Try to maintain a good relationship with the kommune regarding evaluation.
  • The most common form of evaluation is a meeting in a public place (for example, the local school) once or twice per school year.
  • The evaluator (preferrably one that you and the kommune have agreed upon) will then write a report to the kommune and send a copy to the parents.
The law states that lower school education is free:
  • Fewer pupils in school means that the kommune receives less public funds.
  • Some kommune will cover costs for books, or loan school text books to homeschoolers.
  • As parents you must ask the kommune about such possibilities.
  • You receive no financial compensation for homeschooling.
Some parents wish to have their children in school part time and homeschool part time:
  • Some kommune allow this, but generally this is a question that is resolved individually with each individual school and kommune.
  • Part time is not considered homeschooling in government statistics.
As a homeschooler, the pupil does not have the right to a diploma:
  • However, some kommune or schools will issue a diploma for homeschooled pupils.
  • If a child is homeschooled for the first nine years, but attends school during the tenth year and takes all the required exams, a diploma will be issued by the school.