Dual enrollment is the legal means for students under Competent Private Instruction (CPI) to access public school services, activities, classes, and materials.
Public school districts can include dual enrolled students on their state funding reports, and they receive 10% of the per-student funding that the state provides for fully enrolled students. (Schools can receive a higher percentage, based upon usage, for secondary students.)
How do I access dual enrollment?
For homeschooled students of compulsory school attendance age (6-16), dual enrollment is accessed by completely submitting the CPI Form A (with Item #9 selected) and meeting all of the additional requirements for the selected Competent Private Instruction option granting access to dual enrollment (either CPI Option 1 or CPI Option 2 with Opt-In Reporting).
For students younger than age 6 or age 16 and older (on September 15), dual enrollment is accessed by filing an abbreviated CPI Form A, with only Items #1, #2, and #9 completed. A plan of instruction need not be attached and no teacher supervision or annual assessment results reporting are required.
Am I required to dual enroll my child?
Dual enrollment in the public school is an option, not a requirement.
The decision as to whether or not a child is dual-enrolled is made by the parent.
A school district cannot automatically dual-enroll your child.
Is dual enrollment the same as enrollment in a Home School Assistance Program (HSAP)?
Dual enrollment is not the same as enrollment in a Home School Assistance Program [HSAP]. A school district must offer dual enrollment, but it does not have to offer a HSAP. Students who are in a HSAP can also be dual-enrolled.
Access by homeschooled students to public school services, activities, classes, and materials that are provided to regularly enrolled students must be obtained through dual enrollment - not HSAP enrollment. Homeschooled students can be both dual enrolled and HSAP enrolled.
Under dual enrollment, is the school district required to give me textbooks, teacher’s editions, and/or a computer?
A school district is only required to provide you with available materials that are provided on the same basis to regularly enrolled students. These provisions will be governed by school district policies.
Can my dual-enrolled student play sports or participate in extracurricular activities at the public school?
A homeschooled dual-enrolled student can participate in sports and extracurricular activities at a public school on the same basis as regularly enrolled students. Participating students must meet eligibility requirements. Parents can submit an eligibility form to verify student status.
Any activity fees charged to regularly enrolled students for the specific activities accessed will also apply to the homeschool dual enrolled student - but only for the specific activity accessed. Schools are not to charge dual-enrolled students the comprehensive fee assessed fully-enrolled students.
Can my dual-enrolled student take classes at the local public school?
Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can take classes at the local public school on the same basis as a regularly enrolled student. At least one-fourth of the child's instruction must be by way of competent private instruction and no more than three-fourths via the public school.
Any activity fees charged to regularly enrolled students will also apply to the homeschool dual enrolled student – but only for the specific classes accessed. Schools are not to charge dual-enrolled students the comprehensive fee charged to students who are fully-enrolled for a complete schedule of public school classes..
Can my dual-enrolled student take college classes under the Senior Year Plus option?
Dual-enrolled homeschooled students can utilize the Senior Year Plus option and take college classes paid for by state funds on the same basis as a regularly enrolled student.
At least one-fourth of the child's instruction must be by way of Competent Private Instruction (with reporting) and no more than three-fourths via Senior Year Plus options.
May I open enroll my child into another school district in order to access dual enrollment options in that district?
Yes. You must follow the prescribed procedures outlined in the open enrollment law and rules.
This includes the submission of the required application to the resident district before March 1 of the school year preceding the one in which open enrollment is initially desired.
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