Home Schooling (Private Instruction)
Families may choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or nonpublic school. This is called home schooling. Families choose to home school for a variety of reasons. That is why the state of Iowa allows several educational options for home schooling:
- Full-time home school with the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction)
- Full-time home school without the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction or Independent Private Instruction)
- Part-time homeschool with part-time enrollment in a school district (Competent Private Instruction)
- Attendance at a non-accredited school (Competent Private Instruction)
Home schooling with the support of a certified teacher. Home instruction is supervised by a teacher hired by the family or provided by a district’s Home School Assistance program (HSAP).
Home schooling without the support of a certified teacher. The family provides the total educational program with no interaction with a public school or certified teacher.
Part-time homeschool with part-time enrollment in a school district. The student completes some instruction at home, and participates in a public school for some instruction or extra-curricular activities.
Attendance at a non-accredited school. A student attends a school that does not meet accreditation standards.
It’s important to note that home-schooled high school students cannot receive a diploma from an accredited school.