Independent Private Instruction (IPI)

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Independent Private Instruction (IPI) was added into the Iowa Code in 2013 as a new homeschooling option and is defined as instruction that is

  • not accredited,
  • enrolls not more than four unrelated students,
  • does not charge tuition, and
  • provides private or religious-based instruction in
    mathematics, reading, language arts, science, and social studies.

REQUIREMENTS

  • No initial reporting required
  • Response to Public School Request for Information
    School officials may request specific details about the IPI program, but the request must be sent in written form. If you receive a written request for information, you can use our NICHE-designed IPI Response Form, available in the IPI Tool Kit below, to reply.

    NICHE members can use our special “type-in-the-form” IPI Response Form, available via the NICHE member portal.

PUBLIC SCHOOL ACCESS AVAILABILITY

  • No access to dual enrollment
    Public school services, activities, classes, or Senior Year Plus options are not available, except concurrent enrollment community college courses.
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  • No access defined in Iowa Code for Parent-Taught Driver Education
    Only parents using a CPI option may currently provide Parent-Taught Driver Education.
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SCHOOL DAY ATTENDANCE AND SCHOOL SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • No number of instructional days specified by law
    Parents using any CPI option must provide instruction for at least 148 days per school year, with at least 37 days per quarter, but there is no legally-defined mechanism for verification.
  • Five school subject requirements
    Reading, language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies must be provided.

SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS

  • Parents may homeschool students with special educational needs.
    Parents may homeschool students with special educational needs. While using IPI,
    public school and/or AEA services are not available, so parents provide for their children’s special needs privately.
    MORE INFORMATION

IPI is the only Iowa homeschooling option that has specific wording in the Iowa Code allowing the instruction of non-siblings, stating that up to 4 unrelated children can be instructed.

 

“What is most important and valuable about the home as a base for children's growth into the world is not that it is a better school than the schools, but that it isn't a school at all.” 
~ John Holt

 
TOOLKIT FOR INDEPENDENT PRIVATE INSTRUCTION
IPI Tools
Independent Private Instruction Optional Response Form

Purpose:
You can use this form if you're using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and you receive a written request for information about your IPI program from either your resident school district superintendent or the director of the Department of Education. Because you're required by law to respond to the written request with specific information, NICHE has created this template form to expedite the process.

Note: If you're a NICHE member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Privacy Protection Form (Optional)

Purpose:
You can use this form if you're using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and you file an IPI Response Form. This form notifies  school district officials that you expect them to provide the privacy guaranteed to home educators when filing forms with the school district.

Note: If you're a NICHE member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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Receipt for IPI Form Filing (Optional)

Purpose:
You can use this form if your using the Independent Private Instruction (IPI) option and filing an IPI Response Form.Ask the school district official receiving your CPI Form to sign the receipt, and retain this receipt with your homeschool records.

Note: If you're a NICHE member, you can access a fillable (type-in) version of this form via the Member Portal.

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General Resources
2017 - 2018 Private Instruction Handbook

Purpose:
This Department of Education publication is published annually to provide information
for parents and school district officials on private instruction, including Competent Private Instruction (CPI) and Independent Private Instruction (IPI).

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The NICHE Legal Summary

Purpose:
A brief summary of the legal requirements and options for home educators in Iowa.

VIEW NICHE LEGAL SUMMARY
The NICHE Homeschool Resource Guide

Purpose:
NICHE members have access to this helpful two-page guide listing various curricula, materials, periodicals, catalog companies, and other resources for home educators. Website links are included. Not a member? Join now!

DOWNLOAD GUIDE FROM MEMBER PORTAL

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