Indiana Homeschool Attendance Ages: Student between the age of 7 through 17 are required to attend an Indiana school.
Indiana Homeschool Required Days of Instruction: Same amount of time public schools are in session, which is generally 180 days.
Indiana Required Subjects: A school that is nonpublic, non-accredited, and not otherwise approved by the Indiana State Board of Education is not bound by any subject requirements
A child may attend another school which is taught in the English language.
Essentially, the Indiana courts said a school at home is considered a private school. As long as the place of education allows others to educate their youth then the education setting does not matter.
Parents that homeschool their child in Indiana must keep attendance records to verify the enrollment and attendance of the particular child upon request of the state superintendent or the superintendent of the school corporation in which the private school is located.
A private school administrator must provde on request of the state superintendent of public instruction, the number of children by grade level attending the school. This request must be to the individual private school, not merely a blanket announcement to the public at large. Indiana Public School officials frequently request that parents seeking to homeschool their children complete an online “enrollment” form on the Indiana Department of Education website. This enrollment is not required under state law and is entirely voluntary.
Although the child must have educational instruction equivalent to that given in public schools, the State Board of Education is not given the authority to define “equivalent instruction” nor to approve home schools. Furthermore, § 20-33-2-12(a) has removed all subject requirements, leaving home schools without any mandatory subjects.
Teacher Qualifications: None.
Standardized Tests: Not required.
Indiana State Core Education Standards
Indiana established world-class academic standards that clearly outline what students should know and be able to do at each grade level and subject area. Indiana is actively participating in the Common Core State Standards Initiative, a joint effort being led by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers in partnership with Achieve, ACT and College Board. Parents wanting to teach their children the Indiana State Standards can review the standards for each grade level.
Indiana high school students have the opportunity to enroll in the Indiana University High School program. This program is a distance education program serving the academic needs of high school students and adult learners around the world. Students in the program can take individual courses or choose from three tracks (general education, college prep, and academic honors) to earn a complete diploma.
Indiana University High School serves the needs of students who want or need an alternative to a brick-and-mortar school. It also works with other educational providers to expand opportunities for students. Students and their families choose Indiana University High School for the quality of its courses, instructors, and advisors, and because of Indiana University's reputation. Students can register for courses or apply to the IUHS diploma program at any time of the year.
Indiana University High School is administered by the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies. The experienced IUHS staff includes a director and associate director, academic counselors, a recorder, and a full complement of licensed and certified instructors. More than 1900 students are enrolled and complete this program annually.