Home School


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 home schooling:

  • Full-time home school with the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction)
  • Full-time home school without the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction or Independent Private Instruction)
  • Part-time home school with part-time enrollment in a school district (Competent Private Instruction)
  • Attendance at a non-accredited school (Competent Private Instruction)

Home schooling with the support of a certified teacher.

Home instruction is supervised by a teacher hired by the family or provided by a district’s Home School Assistance Program (HSAP).

Home schooling without the support of a certified teacher. 

The family provides the total educational program with no interaction with a public school or certified teacher.

Part-time home school with part-time enrollment in a school district. 

The student completes some instruction at home and participates in a public school for some instruction or extra-curricular activities.

Attendance at a non-accredited school. 

A student attends a school that does not meet accreditation standards.

The Iowa Department of Education cannot issue diplomas, and the district of residence may not be compelled to issue a diploma. This is a local decision. Families desiring a district diploma for their children are urged to contact their resident high school administrators during their child’s 8th-grade year to coordinate these credits.  Further information can be found by clicking on the following links:

Iowa Department’s Home School (Private Instruction) website

Home School Annual Assessment Sample Letter to Parents

Home School Acceptable Tests for Baseline & Annual Assessment

Home School CPI Form A

Home School CPI Form C-1

Additional questions regarding Home Schooling may be directed to Deb Etzel.