Depending on the option you choose to homeschool under, the steps to getting started will vary. However, most options share in the following:
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According to Iowa Code § 299.1, “Except as provided in section 299.2, the parent, guardian, or legal or actual custodian of a child who is of compulsory attendance age shall cause the child to attend some public school or an accredited nonpublic school, or place the child under competent private instruction or independent private instruction in accordance with the provisions of chapter 299A, during a school year, as defined under section 279.10.”
Compulsory attendance age is described as follows (Iowa Code § 299.1A):
According to the Iowa Department of Education, there are four options for homeschooling:
All options meet Iowa’s compulsory attendance and truancy laws (Iowa Code § 299.1 and Iowa Code § 299.8).
For purposes of this post, the focus will be on Independent Private Instruction (IPI), which meets the following criteria:
For information on the other three homeschooling options, see the “Private Instruction Comparison Chart” and detailed information in the current “Private Instruction Handbook,” both found on the Home Schooling (Private Instruction) page on the Iowa Department of Education website.
Even though Iowa does not highly regulate homeschooling, there are some Iowa homeschool requirements you must satisfy when you homeschool:
Recordkeeping is an important part of homeschooling. Homeschooling families in Iowa are not required to submit their records, but maintaining records may be requested for a variety of different reasons ranging from your child’s desire to participate in sports to college applications. For those reasons it is a good idea to maintain the following records:
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Homeschoolers are not subject to the same requirements for receiving a diploma as traditionally schooled students. The state of Iowa does not mandate requirements for graduation.
Parents are free to set their own graduation requirements, create their own transcripts, and certify their own homeschool high school diploma.
It is important to keep in mind that college and universities have certain requirements for students who wish to apply. Be sure you are fully aware of those requirements to ensure your child meets both the credit hours as well as specific courses necessary to apply.
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