Homeschooling in Iowa: Start Here

Welcome to the home page for homeschooling in Iowa. If you are searching for information about IA homeschools or want to learn how to get started, you are in the right place.

It is incredibly easy to start homeschooling in Iowa!

Iowa Homeschool Overview
And Homeschool Requirements in Iowa

There are an estimated 18,376 home educated students in Iowa

Iowa does not require families to notify the state of their decision to homeschool. IA does not require that home educators take specific subjects or classes. The IA government does not conduct any state assessments of homeschoolers.

Very few states have laws that prevent parents from homeschooling their children. Iowa does not prohibit parents from homeschooling based on their legal or criminal history. Only two states, Pennsylvania and Arkansas, prohibit some parents based on their criminal history or by someone living in the home.

There is no required level of education for parents in Iowa to educate their children at home.

Iowa vaccine information

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Iowa Homeschool Law

Iowa State Standards and Common Core

Iowa has delayed the implementation of SBAC tests until the 2016–17 school year and is yet to implement the Common Core in its K–8 curriculum. However, Iowa’s implementation of the Common Core is reaching accredited nonpublic schools which are being required by state mandate to follow the standards.

State Subject Requirements

Requirements depend on the legal option used for homeschooling.

Independent Private Instruction:

Parents must provide instruction in mathematics, reading and language arts, science, and social studies.

Competent Private Instruction 1:


Competent Private Instruction 2:


Important IA legal information links

Iowa Homeschool Key Resources

How to Start Homeschooling in IA

It is not as hard as you might think to start homeschooling in Iowa! Click here to get started.

Local Homeschool Associations, Organizations, and Groups

Our local organizations/homeschool groups database is under construction.

Local Common Core Action Groups

Find Homeschool Curriculum

We make it incredibly easy to find the right homeschool curriculum for your family. View our list of homeschool curriculum to get started.

Iowa Homeschool Conventions and Seminars

Help Homeschooling in IA

Still haven't found what you need/looking for? We're here to help. Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns.

Sources: State-by-state education laws, state-by-state education bylaws, Dept. Education, local homeschool groups, and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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