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Homeschooling in Iowa

by Mary Ann Kelley

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Iowa Homeschool Laws & Information

Iowa Homeschool Information

Homeschooling is a great choice for families in Iowa! Find out how to homeschool, what the homeschool requirements are for Iowa residents, connect with local homeschoolers, find nearby classes and co-ops, discover field trip destinations, and much more.

Homeschooling is regulated at the state level and changes may be made to the relevant statutes at any time. Always consult the actual state code (which is usually online at your state's official website) for the most up to date and accurate legal information with regard to homeschooling. Also keep in mind that interpretations of the code—whether provided by school districts or homeschool groups—can be helpful, but may or may not be an accurate reflection of the law. Always combine interpretations with your own reading of the statute itself.

image of gavel with man's hand pointing to a passage in a book and text Show Me in the Law - the show me letter that can prevent overreach by school administratorsA quick note about sticking to what the law requires:
The "Show Me" Letter - Many an uninformed (or informed but overzealous) school administration official has asked local homeschoolers for more documentation than the state homeschool law requires. In The "Show Me" Letter, Shay Seaborne relates her experience with an overzealous official and how knowing the law and being polite but firm is often all it takes to educate local officials. A "must read" for new homeschoolers!

Although we try to keep our links up to date, state laws change regularly. The information at the links provided below contain information that may or may not be current.

The Network of Iowa Christian Home Educators Legal

Iowa Laws and Rules Governing Home Education. [Read more...]

Iowa Statute 299A.3 Private instruction by nonlicensed person.

Iowa reporting requirements for parents homeschooling their children. [Read more...]

Iowa Statute 299A.4 Annual achievement evaluations – requirements and procedure.

Annual assessment requirements for homeschooled children. [Read more...]

Iowa Statute 299A.9 Children requiring special education

A child of compulsory attendance age who is identified as requiring special education under chapter 256B is eligible for placement under competent private instruction with prior approval of the pla... [Read more...]

Iowa Resource Pages & Places

Iowa Homeschooling InformationIowa Statewide

Helpful Information, Links & Tips for Homeschoolers in Iowa [Read more...]

Time4Learning Parent Discussion Forum – IowaIowa Statewide

Discussions and Resources for Iowa Homeschoolers [Read more...]

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