Filling out forms and submitting them to the school.
It's not one of a homeschooling parent's favorite things to do.
And there are so many forms available.
Check out the Iowa Homeschool Forms page
on our Homeschool Iowa website.
You'll find a breathtaking array of forms.
Which ones are required?
HERE ARE SOME GUIDELINES
Your chosen homeschooling legal option will determine which forms you are required to file with your school district.
Are you new to homeschooling and not sure which homeschooling option you want to use? Check our Iowa Homeschool Options webpage.
Essentially, there are five homeschooling options available:
- Independent Private Instruction
- Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Option 1 with a Parent-Selected Teacher
- Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Option 1 with a Home School Assistance Program Teacher
- Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting
- Competent Private Instruction (CPI) Option 2 with Opt-Out Reporting
Now, let’s examine the form filing requirements, if any, for each of those options.
Independent Private Instruction (IPI)
There are no forms that are required to be filed by persons providing Independent Private Instruction.
If the school district superintendent or the director of the Department of Education sends a written request for information to a parent providing IPI, the parent is required to respond with these details:
- the primary IPI instructor,
- the IPI location,
- the name of the authority responsible for the IPI, and
- the names of the students enrolled in IPI.
Homeschool Iowa has designed a response form that parents may choose to use if they receive a written request for information.
It is not a required form, but it can make responding to a written information request easier.
COMPETENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION (CPI) WITH REPORTING
------ CPI FORM A ------
Parents who choose CPI Option 1 or CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting are required to file CPI Form A each school year by September 1.
CPI Form A includes requests for mandated attachments, including evidence of immunization and an outline of the course of study (lesson plans).
--- Immunization Evidence ---
The immunization evidence is required if filing Form A for the first time.
Homeschool Iowa provides an Iowa Department of Health immunization exemption form that can be used if there are medical or religious reasons that the child has not received immunizations mandated by state law.
--- Course of Study (Lesson Plans) ---
Homeschool Iowa has designed optional Plan of Instruction Forms that can be used when filing CPI Form A to meet the requirement for the course of study (lesson plans).
--- Filing Form A for Students Younger than 6 or Older Than 16 ---
If parents are filing the CPI Form A for a child younger or older than the compulsory school attendance age (6-16) in order to gain access to dual enrollment, they only need to complete the items identifying the student, the parent, and the request for dual enrollment. No attached course of study (lesson plans) are required.
--- Filing Form A for Students Enrolled in a HSAP ---
If parents are filing the CPI Form A for a child enrolled in a public school Home School Assistance Program (HSAP), they should investigate the requirements of their particular district's HSAP, including what portions of the CPI Form A need to be completed.
--- Note for Those Using CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting ---
Annual assessment using prescribed methods is required for students under this option, and specified results must be reported to the school district by June 30 at the end of the school year.
There are no standardized required forms for the required annual assessment submission. However, Homeschool Iowa does offer optional forms for parents to use when completing this task. (See the section below with optional forms.)
COMPETENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION (CPI) WITH REPORTING OPT-OUT
Due to a 2013 change in the Iowa Code, there is one type of CPI that does not require any reports filed with the school district: CPI Option 2 with Opt-Out Reporting.
Find the homeschooling option you are using in the list above, and you’ll see which, if any, forms must be filed with your public school.
You'll find all forms referenced above on our website Iowa Homeschooling Forms page.
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Keep in mind that, if you access dual enrollment through one of the CPI homeschooling options with Form A filing, you might be required by the school to supply additional information.
Public schools are allowed by law and rule to make the same requirements of dual-enrolled homeschool students as they do for fully-enrolled students for participation in school programs and activities.
For example, the Iowa Department of Education created a Student Eligibility Form for parents of dual-enrolled students to use when certifying that their students meet eligibility requirements set by a state sport association.
Additional Optional Forms
Homeschool Iowa has created lots of optional use forms to help homeschooling parents. You’ll find all of them on our website’s Iowa Homeschool Forms page.
Here are just a few of them:
- IPI Response Form
As noted above, this form can be used by parents providing IPI if they receive a written request from their school superintendent or the director of the Iowa Department of Education asking for information about their homeschool program.
Some parents use this form as an attached certification of homeschooling when applying for approval as a teaching parent for parent-taught driver education.
- Optional Report Form for CPI Option 2 with Opt-Out
While all reporting is optional under CPI Option 2 with Opt-Out, parents can file this form (either with their school district or with the Department of Transportation) when applying for approval as a teaching parent for parent-taught driver education.
- Privacy Protection Forms
Parents filing any required form with the public school can use these forms to direct the district to maintain all supplied information with privacy protections.
- Receipts for Form Filings
Parents filing any required form with the public school can use these receipts to create a written record that the filing has been completed.
- Plan of Instruction Forms
Parents filing CPI Form A may use these forms to comply with the requirement for an attached outline of course of study.
- Contract Templates
Parents using the services of a homeschool supervising teacher or portfolio evaluator may use these to help define and delineate the rights and responsibilities of both parties in the arrangement.
- Report of Portfolio Evaluator Selection Form
Parents who are using portfolio evaluation as their means for annual assessment under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting may use this form to notify the school district of their selected portfolio evaluator. The school can then confirm the license credentials of the evaluator.
- Report of Portfolio Assessment Results Form
Licensed teachers who are providing portfolio evaluation as a means for annual assessment under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting may use this form. It offers a simple and efficient template to report required information.
- Test Administrator Certification Statement Form
Parents who are using standardized testing through private arrangements as their means for annual assessment under CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting may attach this form to their submitted test results.
It provides added assurance that the test was administered by a qualified test administrator using testing protocol prescribed by the test publisher.
- CPI Student Eligibility Form
Parents of dual-enrolled students who are participating in public school activities with eligibility requirements set by state associations may use this form to certify grades.