DoNotPay Breaks Down Homeschooling in Iowa
Do you intend to homeschool your child, but you’re confused by Iowa homeschool laws? If so, don’t worry—DoNotPay has got your back! We’ll tell you all about homeschooling in Iowa and list all the options you have for teaching your child.
There are several homeschool options you can choose in Iowa:
- Independent private instruction (IPI)
- Competent private instruction (CPI)
- Competent private instruction with opt-in reporting
- Competent private instruction with a teacher you select
- Competent private instruction with home school assistance program (HSAP)
IPI was introduced in 2013, and it:
- Is not accredited
- Can’t enroll more than four students
- Doesn’t charge tuition
- Provides instruction in the following subjects:
- Language arts
- Social studies
If you choose to homeschool your child based on IPI, you won’t have to provide a report to your school district superintendent. They may request a notice of your intent to homeschool with specifics about:
- Homeschool location
- Student names
- Teacher name
You should also keep in mind that your child won’t be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities under IPI.
Introduced in 2013, CPI allows parents to choose not to report to their local school superintendent at the beginning of the school year. They also don’t have to submit the annual assessment results of their students.
Under CPI, you will have to teach your child at least 148 days per school year and 37 days per school quarter.
Choosing CPI means that you will have to file an annual report form, which needs to show your homeschooled student’s adequate progress. The form can be:
- Report from standardized test scores
- Evaluation results by a licensed Iowa teacher
- End-of-the-year report from the accredited correspondence school (in case you decide to enroll your child in one)
Competent private instruction with the teacher you select option is for parents who want to hire a licensed Iowa teacher to homeschool their child. If the parent has a certification, they can be a teacher as well.
With this option, homeschoolers are allowed to participate in dual enrollment in a local public school and attend public school extracurricular activities.
HSAP is a program in which the student is assigned a supervising teacher by the public school. The two must meet at least four times every 45 days during the school year. The teacher must have a valid Iowa certificate or a practitioner license to teach the student.
|Choose a homeschooling option||Pick one of the five options listed above which work best for you and your child|
|Withdraw your child from school||If your child is currently enrolled in a public school, you’ll need to withdraw them before starting your homeschooling journey|
|Meet the homeschooling requirements||You’ll have to teach the required number of hours, use the correct curriculums, and meet other requirements of your chosen homeschooling plan|
|File a letter of intent to homeschool||In case the homeschooling option you’ve chosen requires you to notify the superintendent that you wish to homeschool your child, you’ll need to file a letter of intent. An easy way of obtaining and submitting one is to use DoNotPay. Our tool is designed to help both homeschooling teachers and parents|
Here’s how to go about it:
- Locate our Letter of Intent to Homeschool product
- Enter details about:
- Your child
- Your homeschooling plan
- Click on Submit
We’ll generate the letter for you instantly, and you can then choose whether you want us to forward it in your stead or send it to you in PDF form.
Be sure to check out other homeschool-related articles we have prepared for you, such as:
- How much does homeschooling cost?
- Can you start homeschooling your child in the middle of the year?
- How many students are homeschooled in the United States?
- What are some popular myths about homeschooling?
Iowa has various homeschool support groups all over the state. Here are some of them:
- Dubuque Area Homeschoolers
- Iowa City Secular Homeschool Group
- HEED ‘Home Educators for Excellence in Des Moines’
- Central IA Homeschool Band & Instrumental Music Lessons/Classes
- Central Iowa Homeschool Softball
- Columbus Academy Catholic Homeschool
- Metro Home Educators
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