2018 Capitol Day

You’ve undoubtedly heard the many attacks on homeschooling freedoms that have been made in recent months. 
 
Some prominent media sources and Iowa legislators have been calling for increased government oversight
of families providing home education outside of the public school system. 

Meet the NICHE Board

Your state homeschool organization, NICHE, is led by a terrific team of dedicated board members. Since its inception in 1992, NICHE has been served by an amazing roster of homeschooling parents who were willing to offer their time and talents to promote and protect home education in Iowa. Our current board is no exception to that past standard. 

2018 Graduation Services

Homeschooled students in Iowa can experience a memorable graduation experience at the 2018 Homeschool Iowa Graduation services in May. A beautiful ceremony with caps and gowns, the graduation includes a speaker and parents awarding diplomas to the graduates.

Battling Misinformation

Battling Misinformation

The Iowa Legislature is now in session, and we’re hearing that there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation floating around the state capitol building. We shouldn’t be surprised, considering the recent attacks against homeschooling freedom.

Homeschooling & Child Abuse Fatalities

Recent tragic deaths of Iowa teenagers have focused attentions on efforts to identify the causes and propose responses. Because neither were attending an accredited school at the time their distressing deaths occurred, some have called for increased regulation of Iowa homeschooling families.

End-of-High-School Tests

Several standardized tests are associated with the culmination of secondary years in school, including the GED, PSAT, SAT, ACT, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER. Find out more about each of these and how they apply to homeschooled students.

The Homeschool Iowa Christmas Gift-Giving Guide

Gift-Giving Guide for Homeschooling Families

Is the thought of coming up with gift ideas for your children causing a Christmas cringe? Are you dreading the accumulation of more “stuff” after the holidays? Would you like ideas for presents that have educational and entertainment value? We’re here to help! Scroll through this list to generate ideas for gifts that keep on giving throughout the year! MEMBERSHIPS AND TICKETS … Read More

High School Transcripts

The very thought of producing a transcript can strike fear into homeschooling parent’s hearts. We’re here to help! The process takes a bit of effort, but it’s not impossible. Your end goal should be to present an accurate representation of what your high school student has accomplished.

Check Out Your Library’s Incredible FREE Resources

Check Out Your Library's Incredible FREE Resources

Iowa homeschooling mom, Michelle Andersen, is also an Iowa library director, which explains her enthusiasm for sharing the many incredible FREE resources available at and through your local public library. Check out this list from Michelle! 1. EXPLORE BOOKS, MAGAZINES, DVDs, AND AUDIOBOOKS All kinds of reading material are available to enjoy or to support your curriculum. Your local library may even … Read More

Be Prepared for IPI As a Legislative Target

IPI As a Legislative Target

As the January 8 opening of the 2018 Iowa Legislative Session approaches, anti-homeschool rumblings can continually be heard. High-profile individuals and organizations are calling for increased regulation and oversight for homeschooling families. In a recent public forum and in a published editorial, the American Association of University Women addressed the topic of homeschooling in Iowa – especially Independent Private Instruction … Read More