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THE A-to-Z of Homeschooling
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Indiana Home School Laws

In Indiana all you need to do is start homeschooling.

Indiana homeschooling laws say that there are no forms to fill out. No accountability.

This is not intended to be legal advice and is distributed for information purposes only. Check for Indiana homeschooling laws updates at your public library or in the following resource.

Source: Indiana DOE Homeschool Information and their Homeschool Help Sheet.

Compulsory attendance – The compulsory school attendance law requires all children to attend a school taught in the English language from either the start of the school year during which a child will turn 7 (if the child is to attend a public school), or at age 7 (if the child is to attend a nonaccredited, nonpublic school {including, but not limited to, a “homeschool”}), through 18 years of age (or with parental consent, 16).

Teacher certification required – No

Indiana required subjects/courses – Indiana law gives home educators the flexibility to choose the curriculum and textbooks they feel will most benefit their children.

Required number of hours per day per year – Equal to the public schools. 180 days of instruction per year.

Summary:

You must teach in English.

You shall furnish to the state superintendent of schools (If they request it!) the number of children by grade level that you are teaching. Here is the Homeschool Enrollment Form to be filed only if you are asked to do so by the state or local school superintendent.

You must keep attendance records, solely to verify the enrollment and attendance of the particular child upon request of the state or the local school. use any calendar you happen to have around or print one out from online. Print out one for each child, and write their name on it. Cross out only days they are absent. Unless a child is in a coma, you probably will have no marks on this. They are not absent from homeschool, say, if they’ve gone with their grandparents to the zoo.

The schools have no authority to approve or disapprove your homeschool.

These laws are protected by case laws and legislative statute. There are no teacher qualifications and standardized testing is not mandatory. A home school is legally considered a private school.

Indiana Code 20-8.1-3-23

Enacted 1973

Amended 1991

(a) An accurate daily record of the attendance of each child who is subject to compulsory school attendance under section 17 of this chapter shall be kept by every public and private school.

(b) In a public school, the record shall be open at all times for inspection by attendance officers, school officials, and agents of the department of labor. Every teacher shall answer fully all lawful inquiries made by an attendance officer, school official, or agent of the department of labor.

(c) In a private school, the record shall be required to be kept solely to verify the enrollment and attendance of any particular child upon request of the state superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent of the school corporation in which the private school is located.

Indiana Code 20-8.1-3-24

Enacted 1973

Amended 1991


(a) Each principal and teacher in every public school that is attended by any children who are subject to the compulsory school attendance laws under section 17 of this chapter shall furnish, on request of the superintendent of the district in which they are employed, a list of names, addresses, and ages of all minors attending their school. When a pupil withdraws from school, they shall immediately report to the superintendent his name and address and the date of his withdrawal.


(b) Each principal or school administrator in every private school that is attended by any children who are subject to the compulsory school attendance laws under section 17 of this chapter shall furnish, on request of the state superintendent of public instruction, the number of children by grade level attending the school. When a pupil withdraws from school, and no public or other private school has requested the pupil’s educational records within fifteen (15) school days after the date the pupil withdrew from school, then the private school shall report to the state superintendent of public instruction or the superintendent of the school corporation in which the private school is located, the name and address of the pupil and the date he withdrew from school.

Other Resources

The Indiana Code Now in English
This page is for the sole purpose of pointing to the exact parts of the education code that pertain to homeschoolers. From IHEN.
From Indiana Home Educators.


Return to Indiana homeschooling information.

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