The Ins and Outs of Homeschooling in Indiana

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Get the Scoop on Homeschooling in Indiana

Homeschooling your child can be easy if you’ve got the right information about the process, state laws you must meet, steps you should take, and other necessary homeschool requirements you need to fulfill.

If you’re not sure whether you should homeschool your child, this guide provides the deets about homeschooling in Indiana to simplify the process for you. DoNotPay can also help you get started by offering assistance with the required documentation.

Indiana Homeschool Laws

You need to fulfill the following criteria to start homeschooling in Indiana:

Homeschooling Requirements in IndianaDetails
Compulsory attendanceThe compulsory school attendance law mandates that all children must attend school in the English language from the age of seven to:
  • 18 years of age
  • 16 years of age (only with parental consent)
Teacher certificationYou don’t have to be certified to homeschool in Indiana
Homeschool curriculumIndiana laws let you choose a homeschool curriculum, materials, and subjects that best suit your child’s and your own needs and style
Homeschool hoursThis criterion has to be equal to that of public schools—i.e., your child must have 180 days of instruction per year
Attendance recordsA homeschool teacher or you—as the child’s parent—must:
  • Keep attendance records
  • Present these records to state or local schools upon request

How To Homeschool in Indiana—Recordkeeping

While the law only requires you to keep attendance records—making Indiana one of the easiest states to homeschool your child in—you should also keep track of other homeschool aspects.

This way, you’ll have proof of what your child has accomplished if they:

  • Return to a regular school at any point
  • Apply to colleges or jobs after high school

Here’s a list of items a homeschool parent should include in their student’s portfolio:

  • Subjects and areas they covered every school year
  • The child’s submitted work from all taken courses
  • Report cards or assessments
  • High school transcript for grades 9-12
  • Scores from all standardized tests the student took

Do Indiana Homeschool Programs Have To Cover Standardized Tests?

While students who attend schools in Indiana have to take standardized tests, state laws don’t require homeschoolers to do them.

You— as a homeschool parent—or another person who teaches your child could use the standardized tests to measure your kid’s performance. These assessments are instrumental when trying to evaluate how well your child is progressing compared to their peers.

How Much Does It Cost To Homeschool in Indiana?

The cost of homeschooling in Indiana depends on different factors, including:

  • Curriculum you choose
  • School supplies your child needs
  • Field trips you take your kid on (you could join a homeschool association in Indiana to send your child to the trips it organizes)
  • Extracurricular activities your child participates in (e.g., sports)

On average, the cost can go from $700 to $1,800 per child for a school year.

How To Start Homeschooling in Indiana

If your kid already attends school, you can begin teaching your child at home by:

  1. Withdrawing your child from school
  2. Reporting homeschooling to the Department of Education—You can register your kid with the Department of Education, but don’t have to as it’s not mandatory

While you don’t have to register with the state to start homeschooling in Indiana, it’s a good idea to:

  1. Submit a HomeSchool Enrollment Form to the:
    1. Indiana Department of Education and provide information about your homeschooled student
    2. State Superintendent of schools (upon request only)
  2. Send a formal letter to your child’s school and notify the principal of your intent to homeschool your kid

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Our AI-powered app can draw up a polite letter to inform your child’s school principal or your school district’s superintendent of your child switching to homeschooling.

To receive this document super fast, you should and follow these steps:

  1. Access our Notice of Intent to Homeschool product
  2. Enter information about your child’s school district
  3. Provide details about your child and yourself as the homeschool teacher

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  1. Get the document notarized online
  2. Let our app send the letter on your behalf
  3. Receive the document in PDF format to file it yourself

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