Meet the Homeschool Iowa Board

Your state homeschool organization, Homeschool Iowa, is led by a terrific team of dedicated board members. Since its inception in 1992, Homeschool Iowa (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. 

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 … 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

It Only Takes One Small Thing

It Only Takes One Small Thing

Anymore, I don’t run errands during the daytime with my children, mostly because schoolwork and activities have increased as my twins have gotten older. I have also become more conscious of the attention we draw. If I am with only one child, it seems that onlookers assume my child is out of school for the afternoon because of a doctor appointment or … Read More

Public School Alters Form

Public School Alters Form

“Oh, look! The school district included the NICHE IPI form in the information packet they sent me. I’ll just fill it out and send it in.” Sounds simple; right? And how nice that the school district used a NICHE form; right? Not so fast. Let’s take a closer look at the form.