Iowa Homeschool State Laws

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LEGAL SUMMARY

Homeschool Law – Iowa families may choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or nonpublic school.  This is called homeschooling. Families choose to home school for a variety of reasons. That is why the state of Iowa allows several educational options for homeschooling:

  • A full-time home school with the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction)
  • A 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)

(https://www.educateiowa.gov/pk-12/options-educational-choice/competent-private-instruction-home-schooling)

In the State of Iowa, private instruction means instruction using a plan and a course of study in a setting other than a public or organized accredited nonpublic school. Iowa Code section 299A.1 (2) (c). It includes competent private instruction (by a licensed practitioner or a non-licensed person), independent private instruction, home school assistance programs, and non-accredited nonpublic schools.

 

Number of Classroom Hours Required –  Required classroom hours vary, depending on the private instruction path chosen.  Options outlined:  https://educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2019-2020PrivateInstructionHandbook2019-06-05.pdf

 

Parental Responsibilities – Parental responsibilities vary, depending on the private instruction path chosen.  Options outlined:  https://educateiowa.gov/sites/files/ed/documents/2019-2020PrivateInstructionHandbook2019-06-05.pdf

 

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

Reference:  https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/ACO/rule/281.12.3.pdf

 

NOTE:  Iowa Code section 256.7(26) states that beginning with the students in the 2010–2011 school year graduating class, the requirements for high school graduation for students in school districts and accredited nonpublic schools shall include:

SUBJECT AREA

# OF CREDITS

English & Language Arts

4

Mathematics

3

Science

3

Social Science

3

TOTAL:

13

NoteAny additional graduation credits or units are locally determined.

 

Updated January 2020

Iowa Homeschool State Laws Links:

Iowa Colleges


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COVID-19 UPDATE:  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the ever-changing landscape of education, we are monitoring potential changes to homeschool requirements and will be updating our state pages within the next few months.  

 

 

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