How to Withdraw Your Child From The Public School in Indiana
Do you want to withdraw your child so you can homeschool? This form will generate a FREE Withdrawal Letter that you can mail to your child’s public school.
This form is only for current students of Indiana public schools. If your child has never attended an Indiana public school, you do not need to use this form.
- Once you complete the form below, a customized Withdraw Letter will be emailed to you. You should send the Withdraw Letter via certified mail to the public school before you begin to homeschool. This will prevent the school from charging you with truancy.
- Complete all of the fields in the form below. Call the school district or public school to get any information you need for the “School Info” section.
- Submit this form and then check your email. Your letter should arrive within a couple of minutes. Further instructions on how to send the Withdrawal Letter will be included in the email, and the withdrawal letter will be attached. Please check your junk or spam folders if you do not see the email within a few minutes
- Follow the links in the email to learn how to begin homeschooling.
Registering With the State of Indiana
Families are often told that they are required to register their homeschool with the Indiana Department of Education. This is not true. There is no registration process for homeschools in Indiana. However, the Department of Education does give families the OPTION to report enrollment. The decision to report to the state is up to each family and should be carefully weighed based on your specific situation. We are not attorneys and can not advise you whether you should or shouldn’t report. We recommend contacting HSLDA if you have any legal questions.
Withdrawing a High School Student
Effective July 1, 2013, a law was put in place in an attempt to solve the problem of high school dropouts who are being categorized by the public school as homeschoolers. When a family seeks to withdraw their student from a public high school, the school is required to provide families with counseling and information about Indiana law on home education (non-accredited, private schools). The school will present families with a form that should be filled out to acknowledge that they understand Indiana law on home education.
Section 10 of House Enrolled Act 1005, added I.C. 20-33-2-28.6, a new section, to law. I.C. 20-33-2-28.6 provides the following: (a) This section applies to a high school student who is transferring to a nonaccredited nonpublic school. (b) Before a student withdraws from a public school, the principal of the student’s school shall provide to the student and to the student’s parent information on a form developed by the department and approved by the state board that explains the legal requirements of attending a nonaccredited nonpublic school located in Indiana. The principal and a parent of the student shall both sign the form to acknowledge that the parent understands the content of the form. (c) If the parent of the student refuses to sign the form provided by the principal under subsection (b), the student is considered a dropout and the principal shall report the student to the bureau of motor vehicles for action under section 28.5(g) of this chapter. The student is considered a dropout for purposes of calculating a high school’s graduation rate under IC 20-26-13-10.
Note: A child is no longer subject to compulsory attendance law after he reaches his 18th birthday. A child who has reached his 16th birthday is not subject to compulsory attendance law if certain requirements are met as described in or IC 20-8.1-3-17 (j) (or IC 20-8.1-3-17.7, if SB 367 is enacted). One of the requirements is that the student’s principal consent. For a student enrolled in a home-based private school, the principal will usually be the mother or father.
Congratulations on your decision to take your children’s education into your own hands! Indiana Association of Home Educators (IAHE) will be here to support you in this journey every step of the way.