Iowa Homeschool Options

5 choices

Iowa homeschool legal options include five choices:
Independent Private Instruction (IPI)
and four forms of
Competent Private Instruction (CPI).

Let us help you decide which of these five choices is the best for you and your family.

 

Begin your
consideration
of these
options by 

answering this 
determining
question:


Do you want
to report to
or receive
services
from
the public school?

NO
  • Choice #1

    Independent Private Instruction

  • Choice #2

    Competent Private Instruction | Option 2 | With Opt-Out Reporting

YES
  • Choice #3

    Competent Private Instruction | Option 2 | With Opt-In Reporting

  • Choice #4

    Competent Private Instruction | Option 1 | With Teacher You Select

  • Choice #5

    Competent Private Instruction | Option 1 | With HSAP Teacher

A CLOSER LOOK AT THE 5 CHOICES

First, 2 Options with NO Initial Reporting
& with LIMITED Public School Services

Choice #1
Independent Private Instruction
REQUIREMENTS:
  • No Initial Reporting Required
    If a written request for information is received from the public school, use the Homeschool Iowa Independent Private Instruction Report Form
Accessibility:
  • No Access to Dual Enrollment
    for public school services, classes, activities, or Senior Year Plus options.
    (However, concurrent enrollment community college classes can be accessed.)

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Choice #2

Competent Private Instruction
Option 2 | with Opt-Out Reporting

REQUIREMENTS:
  • No Initial Reporting Required
Accessibility:
  • No Access to Dual Enrollment
    for public school services, classes, activities, or Senior Year Plus options.
    (However, concurrent enrollment community college classes can be accessed.)

MORE DETAILS

Read our blog article, "IPI vs CPI with Opt-Out" for a more detailed comparison of these two options.


Next, 3 Options With Reporting
& WITH Public School Services

Choice #3

Competent Private Instruction
Option 2 | With Opt-In Reporting

REQUIREMENTS:
  • CPI Form A must be filed
    by Sept 1 or within 14 days of establishing Iowa residence or removing child from accredited school enrollment
  • Annual assessment results report must be filed
    by June 30 (with assessment completed by May 1)
Accessibility:
  • Access available for Dual Enrollment
    for public school services, classes, activities, and Senior Year Plus options

MORE DETAILS
Choice #4

Competent Private Instruction
Option 1 | With Teacher You Select

REQUIREMENTS:
  • CPI Form A must be filed
    by Sept 1 or within 14 days of establishing Iowa residence or removing child from accredited school enrollment
  • Meet with your selected Iowa licensed teacher
    8 times per year
    (2 times per quarter)
Accessibility:
  • Access available for Dual Enrollment
    for public school services, classes, activities, and Senior Year Plus options

MORE DETAILS
Choice #5

Competent Private Instruction
Option 1 | With HSAP Teacher

REQUIREMENTS:
  • CPI Form A must be filed
    by Sept 1 or within 14 days of establishing Iowa residence or removing child from accredited school enrollment
  • Meet with your assigned Iowa licensed HSAP teacher
    16 times per year 
    (4 times per quarter)
Accessibility:
  • Access available for Dual Enrollment
    for public school services, classes, activities, and Senior Year Plus options

MORE DETAILS

Check out our side-by-side view of these options

Download Our Homeschool Options Summary

Iowa Homeschool Options Overview Chart - Homeschool Iowa
© Homeschool Iowa  & Julie Naberhaus adapted from "The ABC's of Homeschooling in Iowa" by Julie Naberhaus
 

 
 

Consider Your Options


Which one
of the Iowa
homeschool legal options
is right for your family?


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