Iowa Homeschooling

The links below to official Iowa homeschooling information were checked August 1, 2020. It is always best to directly read Iowa homeschooling information on the State of Iowa homeschooling or FAQ page, so you are getting current information!

Iowa Dept. of Education Website

Iowa Dept. of Education Homeschooling web page

Iowa Dept of Education Comparison of Three Types of Private Instruction (pdf)

It appears of the three types of private instruction in the pdf above that two types (2nd and 3rd) do not require a registration form if the student is not dual enrolled with a public school. It also appears the 1st type refers to a Iowa licensed teacher or program.

1. Competent Private Instruction: Option 1: By or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.
2. Competent Private Instruction: Option 2: By a non-licensed person.
3. Independent Private Instruction.

Always check directly with the official Iowa Dept. of Education website to verify information. Even if some states may not require it, it is usually a good idea to let your last school know you will not be returning to avoid being counted as absent.

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Please let us know if we should include any other Iowa homeschooling information, link problems, or updated requirements. provides direct links to state government sites, so you get accurate and up-to-date information! By checking your state department of education website above, you get current information instead of 3rd party websites’ information that could be old information! States are changing their information much more often than past years due to covid-19! We regularly checks links to make sure the state has not changed pages or page addresses, but if you find a link that doesn’t work, the main Department of Education page is included above in case you want to use their search feature to find the information yourself. For example, search for “schooling at home”, “homeschool”, “home school”, “home instruction”, “nonpublic”, or “compulsory school attendance”. However, be careful since a search may return results for old web pages or documents. By checking your state department of education homeschool related page, you get current information instead of 3rd party websites’ information that could be old information!

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