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.
The Iowa Department of Education cannot issue diplomas, and the district of residence may not be compelled to issue a diploma. This is a local decision. Families desiring a district diploma for their children are urged to contact their resident high school administrators during their child’s 8th grade year to coordinate these credits.
2019-2020 Private Instruction Handbook - Note: Due the pending legislation from the 2020 session, the Private Instruction Handbook has not been updated for the 2020-21 school year.
Form A - Private Instruction - Updated for the 2020-21 school year.
Annual Assessment Notification Sample Letter - Updated for the 2020-21 school year.