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Iowa Homeschool Legal Requirements

Iowa Homeschooling Legal Requirements

See the Full list of Homeschooling Requirements by State [1]

Below is a quick reference guide on the homeschooling requirements for the state of Iowa. For more information on the legal requirements and each of these options below visit the HSLDA Iowa [2] page.

Iowa residents have five options for homeschooling per the HSLDA:

Option 1: Homeschooling by Independent Private Instruction (IPI):
If you opt to provide your child with Independent Private Instruction, you will need to follow these guidelines:

1. Teach the required subjects.
2. School officials can request certain information.
3. You have access to some public school programs.

Option 2: Homeschooling by Private Instruction (PI):
If you opt to provide your child Private Instruction, you will need to follow these guidelines:

1. Provide education in a nonpublic school setting.
2. Teach for the required number of days.
3. You have access to some public school programs.

Option 3: Homeschooling with a supervising teacher:
If you opt to homeschool your child with a supervising teacher, you will need to follow these guidelines:

1. File a Form A.
2. Hire a qualified teacher to supervise.
3. You have access to public school programs.

Option 4: Homeschooling with an annual assessment:
If you opt to homeschool with an annual assessment, you will need to follow these guidelines:

1. File a Form A.
2. Submit annual assessments.
3. You have access to public school programs.

Option 5: Homeschooling with a Home School Assistance Program (HSAP):
An HSAP is a public school program. Individual public school districts have the option of offering HSAPs to families. A student in an HSAP is not a public school student.

1. File a Form A.
2. Comply with any additional HSAP requirements.
3. You have access to public school programs.

Visit the HSLDA Iowa [2] page for more information on each of these options and homeschooling in Iowa.

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