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Homeschooling in Norway

If you're moving with kids to Norway and homeschooling is something you're considering, it's important to do your research and learn about homeschooling in Norway.
|-Homeschooling in Norway

Homeschooling, a form of education where parents or tutors educate children at home rather than in formal schools, has been a topic of interest in many countries, including Norway. While it is not as common as in some other countries, homeschooling in Norway has its own unique characteristics, regulations, and challenges. This article will delve into the specifics of homeschooling in Norway, focusing on its legality, prevalence, requirements, resources, university admissions considerations, and the pros and cons for expat families.

Is it legal to homeschool in Norway?

Yes, homeschooling is legal in Norway, including for foreign residents and expats. The Norwegian Education Act allows parents to homeschool their children if they can provide an equivalent education to what the child would receive in a public school. However, the local municipality has the right to supervise the homeschooling process to ensure that the child is receiving an adequate education.

Is Homeschooling common in Norway?

Homeschooling is not very common in Norway. Most Norwegian children attend public schools, and only a small percentage are homeschooled. The exact number of homeschooled children is not known, as there is no requirement to register homeschooled children with the government. However, the number is believed to be in the hundreds, rather than thousands.

What specific requirements are there for homeschoolers in Norway?

Parents who choose to homeschool in Norway must provide an education equivalent to that offered in public schools. This includes teaching the same subjects and meeting the same educational standards. The local municipality has the right to supervise and assess the child’s progress to ensure these standards are being met. If the municipality finds that the homeschooling is not adequate, they can require the child to attend a public school.

Are there groups or resources for families who homeschool in Norway?

There are several resources available for homeschooling families in Norway. The Norwegian Homeschool Association provides information and support for homeschooling parents. There are also online forums and social media groups where homeschooling parents can share experiences and advice. Additionally, some homeschooling families form co-ops, where they share teaching responsibilities and organize group activities.

What should homeschooling parents take into consideration for university admissions in Norway and internationally?

Homeschooled students in Norway can apply to universities in the same way as public school students. However, they may need to provide additional documentation to demonstrate that they have met the necessary educational standards. This could include portfolios of their work, results from standardized tests, or assessments from the local municipality. For international universities, requirements may vary, so it is important to research the specific requirements of each university.

What are the Pros and Cons of homeschooling in Norway (for expat families)?

Homeschooling in Norway offers several advantages for expat families. It allows for flexibility in the curriculum, which can be beneficial for families who may move frequently or who wish to incorporate elements of their home country’s education system. It also allows for individualized instruction, which can be beneficial for children with special educational needs. However, there are also challenges. Homeschooled children may miss out on social interactions with peers, and parents may find it difficult to provide an education equivalent to that offered in public schools. Additionally, the requirement for local municipality supervision may be more challenging for expat families who are not fluent in Norwegian.

Betsy Burlingame Betsy Burlingame is the Founder and President of Expat Exchange and is one of the Founders of Digital Nomad Exchange. She launched Expat Exchange in 1997 as her Master's thesis project at NYU. Prior to Expat Exchange, Betsy worked at AT&T in International and Mass Market Marketing. She graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a BA in International Business and German.

Some of Betsy's articles include 12 Best Places to Live in Portugal, 7 Best Places to Live in Panama and 12 Things to Know Before Moving to the Dominican Republic. Betsy loves to travel and spend time with her family. Connect with Betsy on LinkedIn.

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