Catholic Homeschooling in Minnesota

How to Homeschool in Minnesota

To comply with homeschool laws in Minnesota, follow these steps:

1. Submit notification of your intent to homeschool each year. 

2. Provide a qualified teacher. Parents are automatically qualified. Teachers other than a parent must have a Minnesota teaching license and be supervised. 

3. Teach the required subjects of reading, writing, literature, fine arts, math, science, history, geography, economics, government, citizenship, health, and physical education.

4. Keep records of schedules, materials, and class test results.

5. Conduct a yearly evaluation using a standardized achievement test. 

Minnesota Department of Education Home School Information
This information page includes a discussion of the statutes regulating home education in Minnesota, information about accreditation, and answers to common questions. 

How to Comply with Minnesota’s Homeschool Law
How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Minnesota
Special Education Provisions for Minnesota
The Importance of Recordkeeping in Minnesota

Lobbying & Advocacy Organizations

Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)
HSLDA is the nation’s largest homeschool advocacy organization. They protect the rights of homeschoolers in court, advocate for homeschool freedom in state legislatures, and work to advance homeschooling in the public arena. 

Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)
MACHE is a statewide organization for parents how have chosen to home educate their children. They partner with Minnesota homeschoolers to inspire, equip, and protect homeschool freedoms through year round events, publications, newsletters, resource partnerships, and legislative monitoring with member updates.

Minnesota Homeschoolers’ Alliance (MHA)
This is a secular statewide homeschool organization that offers resources and works to protect homeschooling rights in the state.

Home-Based Educators’ Accrediting Association
HBEAA was formed to provide accountability, guidance, and encouragement to homeschooling families. In our homeschool accrediting program, each participating homeschool gains “accredited status” after completing the criteria as set forth in our standards and policies.  Our accrediting association is recognized by the State of Minnesota under the auspices of the Nonpublic Education Council.

Catholic Homeschool Support Groups

Aquinas Catholic Educators – ACE
Fargo, ND and Moorhead, MN area
This is a group of Catholic homeschooling families in the area around Fargo. They offer support and the opportunity to meet other Catholic homeschooling families. They plan events and social activities for members.

Catholic Homeschoolers of MN Wright/Sherburne Counties
Wright, Hennepin, and Sherburne Counties, MN
This Facebook group connects Catholic homeschoolers in the Sherburne/Wright/NW Hennepin Counties of Minnesota. They meet for park days, service projects, mini lessons and classes, mom’s nights, teen activities, field trips, and family activities. 

Catholic Homeschooling Moms Rochester
Rochester, MN
This Facebook group connects local Catholic homeschooling moms in the Rochester, MN, area. They offer opportunities to gather and make friendships and connections. 

Catholic Homeschooling Network – MN
This group helps connect Catholic homeschooling families in the state of Minnesota. Find local homeschool support groups, share resources, discuss curriculum, and meet new friends.

Epiphany Catholic Homeschool Organization (ECHO)
Coon Rapids, MN
Epiphany Catholic Homeschool Organization is a support group for Catholic families that choose to homeschool. They offer monthly mom meetings, field trips, feast day celebrations, park days, project fair, spring formal, and end-of-year party. 

Holy Family Home Educators (HFHE)
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Holy Family Home Educators is a network of support for Pre-K to grade 12 homeschooling families in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis. It is based out of Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, MN. HFHE members and parents plan educational, social, and charitable activities for their students. 

The Church of All Saints Homeschool Group
Minneapolis, MN
This homeschool group meets at The Church of All Saints, an FSSP parish in Minneapolis. They have a homeschool co-op and activities such as moms’ nights out, support, mentoring, and social events. 

Twin Cities Catholic Homeschoolers
Minneapolis and St. Paul, Twin Cities, MN
This is a Roman Catholic group that connects local homeschooling families, offering support, classes, field trips, family functions, and social activities in the area.

Catholic Homeschool Co-ops

All Saints Co-op
Minneapolis, MN
The All Saints Homeschool Co-op offers classes for grades preK through 12th. They offer classes, some taught by priests and sisters, such as catechesis, sacred music, communication, writing, science, drama, art, life skills, sports, and more. 

Classically Catholic Memory Co-op
Loretto and Wadena, MN
Classically Catholic Memory is a memory work program that is both Catholic and classical in nature. It is designed for children ages 5 through 12, and each year of the program provides 18 weeks of memory work in each subject. CCM is run as a co-op model.

Corpus Christi Home Educators Cooperative
Bloomington, MN
This co-op meets at Saint Bonaventure Catholic Community in Bloomington. They support families in Catholic home education by providing opportunities for students to build relationships and for parents to share information and experiences. 

Sacred Heart Homeschoolers Catholic Homeschool Co-op
Dayton, MN
Sacred Heart Homeschoolers is a co-op of Catholic homeschooling families providing students with educational enrichment and fellowship. They meet at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Church in Dayton once a week during the school year. 

Do you know of any Catholic homeschool co-ops near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Hybrid Programs & Homeschool Academies

ARCHES – Aquinas Roman Catholic Home Education Services
Lino Lakes, MN
This enrichment program meets at St. Joseph Parish in Lino Lakes. They provide standard and honors classes to students in grades 7-12 using a classical Great Books-based Roman Catholic curriculum. Students meet one, two, or three days a week for a variety of classes. Subjects include art, mathematics, languages, literature, history, science, and more. 

Catholic Schoolhouse
DuluthSt. Paul, MN
Catholic Schoolhouse is a supplemental program designed to help homeschool families enrich their educational experience through a flexible approach to learning inspired by classical elements presented in a structure environment. They serve students in grades K-8 and meet once a week during the school year. 

Do you know of any Catholic hybrid homeschool programs or homeschool academies near you? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Catholic Homeschool Conferences

The 2024 Catholic Homeschool Conference
Virtual Conference
June 7-8, 2024

This virtual conference features topics covering homeschool guidance, marriage and family, and character and virtue development. Speakers include Bishop Joseph Strickland, Emily Brown, Bonnie Landry, and more. There will also be a homeschool graduate panel. The Catholic Homeschool Directory is a virtual exhibitors hall. You can browse through curriculum, programs, tools, and businesses who support your family’s homeschool journey.

Minnesota Catholic Home Education Conference & Curriculum Fair
St. Paul College, St. Paul, MN
May 31 – June 1, 2024

After a 3-year hiatus, the Minnesota Catholic Home Education and Curriculum Conference is back! This annual conference is one of the largest Catholic homeschooling conferences in the country. Listen to speakers from around the country and meet other homeschoolers from your area. Conference attendees can browse through the vendors hall, go to workshops and talks, and network with other homeschoolers. Keynote Speaker 2023: Pam Barnhill, Host of the Your Morning Basket Podcast

This conference offers homeschool talks, social time, a homeschool used book and curriculum sale, and exhibitors. 

Local Classes & Programs for Homeschoolers

Do you know of any great local classes or programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Sports for Homeschoolers

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Minnesota
Minnesota school districts allow homeschooled students to be eligible to fully participate in extracurricular activities on the same basis as public school students. 

Do you know of any great sports programs for Catholic homeschoolers? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

Shrines & Pilgrimages in Minnesota

Do you know of any Catholic pilgrimage sites or shrines that would be perfect for a homeschool field trip? Let us know by filling out our Resource Submission Form, and we’ll add it here. 

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