Home School Assistance Program
The WDMCS Home School Assistance Program (HSA) has been offering support to families who wish to educate their children at home since the early 1990s. The goal of the program is to support and assist parents who choose the role as primary educator for their children.
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Families may choose to educate their children at home instead of sending them to a traditional public or nonpublic school. This is called home schooling. Families choose to home school for a variety of reasons. That is why the state of Iowa allows several educational options for home schooling:
- Full-time home school with the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction)
- Full-time home school without the support of a certified teacher (Competent Private Instruction or Independent Private Instruction)
- Part-time homeschool with part-time enrollment in a school district (Competent Private Instruction)
- Attendance at a non-accredited school (Competent Private Instruction)
Home schooling with the support of a certified teacher. Home instruction is supervised by a teacher hired by the family or provided by a district’s Home School Assistance program (HSAP).
Home schooling without the support of a certified teacher. The family provides the total educational program with no interaction with a public school or certified teacher.
Part-time homeschool with part-time enrollment in a school district. The student completes some instruction at home, and participates in a public school for some instruction or extra-curricular activities.
Attendance at a non-accredited school. A student attends a school that does not meet accreditation standards.