Quick Start Guide to Homeschooling in Indiana

In today’s world, many families find themselves unexpectedly considering home education.

School violence and bullying are on the rise. The political nature of public education has changed. And, now millions of children are at home in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

No matter what your reasons are for starting, we’re here to help!

Families may find themselves overwhelmed with where to begin. It is 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.

My kids are stuck at home because of COVID-19. Am I homeschooling?

Not really.

Across the country, schools are closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Your children may be at home with you doing school work provided by the school, but it’s TEMPORARY. If you are planning to send your child back to the same school when the doors open again, you are not homeschooling.

But, what if?
  • What if you like the idea of homeschooling and you want to explore your options?
  • What if you don’t want to send them back?
  • What if you explore home education?

We’re here to help! 

Step One:
Know the State Law

We are not attorneys and we do not give legal advice. For more information, please read our legal disclaimer here.

We are blessed in Indiana to have laws that allow us to freely home educate our children.

Indiana Code classifies a home school as a non-accredited, nonpublic school.

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, provide an equivalent education, and instruction must be done in the English language. 

Indiana offers multiple educational options for families with K-12 aged children. While some LOOK similar to home education, there are clear legal differences.

Indiana homeschool families are not required to register with the state and do not have to do any testing or reporting. Indiana law does include an option for families to report the enrollment of their students on the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) 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).

Is your child enrolled in a public or private school?

While homeschool families are not required to report to the state, families with children already in school do have to withdraw. It is expected the school will receive written notice from a parent when a student is transferred from public school to homeschool. Parents of high school students must also meet with school personel and complete the state’s witdraw form.

What About Virtual School Options?

K12, Connections Academy, and several other virtual schools are viable, school-at-home, public school options for many families. But by definition, they are public school options. Therefore they operate and are subject to different laws and guidelines as home schools (nonpublic, non-accredited). 

Step TWO:
Get Connected

Since 1983, the IAHE (Indiana Association of Home Educators) has been helping families new to homeschooling. Our team is here to help answer your questions and help connect you with local resources. 

Join the IAHE 

Your IAHE membership, IAHE event attendance, and donations support the work of a non-profit organization run by a volunteer board of directors and team. Since 1983, the IAHE has worked to Encourage, Protect, and Serve Indiana homeschool families.

We’re social!

The IAHE hosts the largest discussion group for Indiana’s homeschool families on Facebook. We’re also on Instagram, Pinterest, and YouTube. Join the conversation!

Step Three:

Top Four Getting Started Articles for New Families

  1. Why the IAHE?
  2. Providing an Equivalent Education
  3. Definitions Matter
  4. Why HSLDA?

IAHE Resources

The IAHE’s website is FULL of free content and articles to help you get started. Visit our Homeschool 101 Library to find more! Visit the IAHE Shop for resources to help you get started. Purchase a copy of our book Home Education in Indiana, now available in digital format as well as print! Also, be encouraged and equipped from home with sessions from past IAHE Conventions.

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.

We are not attorneys, so the IAHE does NOT give legal advice. If there are extenuating circumstances, it may be advisable for a family to report with the IDOE. We recommend that you contact the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) for legal advice.

Home School Legal Defense Association (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.

Registered users on our website are eligible for a discount when the join HSLDA.