Homeschooling in Indiana
Families considering homeschooling for the first time may find themselves overwhelmed. Our goal is to encourage you along the way and provide you with valuable helps and resources that will help you make the best decision for your family.
We are blessed in Indiana to have laws that allow us to freely home educate our children. The law requires that our home educated children attend school from 7-18 years of age or they graduate. Children must attend school for the number of days that the local school corporation is in session, which is generally 180 days each year. Parents must also keep attendance records and provide an equivalent education in the English language. It is expected the school will receive written notice from a parent when a student is transferred from public school to homeschool. See the Home School Legal Defense Association website for more information about Indiana law.
We are not attorneys, so the IAHE does NOT give legal advice. However, it is clear that Indiana law does not require homeschool families report enrollment of their students on the Indiana Department of Education website. According to the Indiana Department of Education’s website:
Parents who choose to home educate their children may report their homeschool’s enrollment to the Indiana Department of Education (IC 20-33-2-21).
Many new families may feel pressure to complete the enrollment process on the website. To get specific advice on whether or not your family should report enrollment, you should contact HSLDA and they can provide you with your legal rights and responsibilities.
Note that only upon a specific and individual request by the state superintendent of public instruction, you must furnish the number of children, by grade level, that you are teaching at home.
It is our goal to present families with the most complete and up-to-date information as we can. Please review our disclaimer page if you have any questions.
What About Virtual School Options?
K12, Connections Academy, and several other virtual schools are popular, school-at-home, public school options for many families. But by definition, they are still public school options. Therefore they operate and are subject to different laws and guidelines as homeschools (nonpublic, non-accredited). These public school-at-home programs work for many families and you should do what works best for your students.
Approximately 95% of what the IAHE offers is available to public, but to be granted full website access you must be a homeschool family.
Our Best Resources for New Homeschool Families
- Providing an Equivalent Education
- What about attendance?
- Withdrawing Your Student From the Public School System
- Definitions Matter
- Why HSLDA?
The IAHE highly recommends HSLDA membership. Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed. Registered users on our website are eligible for a discount when the join HSLDA.