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 children be in school from 7-17 years of age and that they attend school for the number of days that the local school corporation is in session, which is generally around 180 days each year. Parents must also keep attendance records. It is highly recommended that you join the Home School Legal Defense Association.
We are not attorneys, so the IAHE does NOT give legal advice. However, it is clear that Indiana law does not require homeschool families register their schools. 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.
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.
Our Best Resources for New Homeschool Families
- Why the IAHE?
- Why HSLDA?
- Transferring Your Student From the Public School System
- Home Education in Indiana ebook (coming soon)
- Index of IAHE Articles on Home Education
- Additional Resources
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. Be sure to register for your free IAHE account.