Because neither the State of Iowa nor resident public school districts certify homeschool diplomas or transcripts, neither entity dictates requirements for them.
The parents who are homeschooling a secondary student must set their own graduation requirements, create their own transcript, and certify their own homeschool high school diploma.
Here are two sample 4-year plans for high school to assist you in this process.
SAMPLE HIGH SCHOOL 4-YEAR PLANS
GENERAL HIGH SCHOOL
Composition, literature, creative writing, grammar, etc.
General &/or consumer math, accounting, etc.
American &/or world history, American government, etc.
General, earth &/or physical science, etc.
Spanish, French, German, Latin, etc.
Art, music, drama, photography, etc.
Team &/or individual sports, fitness programs, etc.
Bible, life skills, practical arts, computer, driver education, etc.
COLLEGE PREP HIGH SCHOOL
Composition, literature, rhetoric, speech, debate, journalism, etc.
Algebra 1 & 2, geometry, precalculus, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, etc.
World history, government, American history, geography, economics, etc.
Physical &/or earth science, biology, chemisty, physics, anatomy, etc.
Spanish, French, Latin, German, Russian, etc. (2 years of same is preferred)
Art, music, drama, photograhy, or other fine art
Team &/or individual sports, fitness programs, or other such options
Bible, life skills, practical arts, computer science, driver education, etc.
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Additional Information Concerning Senior Year Plus (SYP) and Students Under Private Instruction
A student may enroll through SYP in up to, but not more than, 23 credit hours in an academic year at any one eligible postsecondary institution (excluding summer classes).
Dual enrolled students must receive at least 1/4 of their instruction under CPI (no more than 3/4 provided by school district or Senior Year Plus).
College enrollment/entrance requirements and course prerequisite restrictions may apply.
Local school district approval is needed and the student must meet minimal proficiency requirements.
CPI Form A, and the accompanying CPI option requirements, are required for some of the options. Once the student is over 16, the CPI Form A can be submitted with only minimal information — and no teacher supervision or annual assessment results submissions are required.
Students under any form of private instruction must meet all Senior Year Plus eligibility requirements stipulated by 281—IAC 22.2, which includes demonstrating proficiency in reading, mathematics, and science as evidenced by the student’s performance on the Iowa Assessments. In lieu of Iowa Assessment achievement scores, a school district must allow a student under private instruction to demonstrate proficiency in reading, mathematics, and science by any one of the following means:
- testing at or above the proficiency cut score on the Iowa Assessments, or other annual achievement evaluation approved for students under Competent Private Instruction (CPI)
- submitting a written recommendation of the licensed teacher who supervises the student's instruction
- achieving an ACT composite score of at least 21
- achieving a total combined PSAT score of at least 141 in critical reading, mathematics, and writing skills
- achieving a total combined SAT score of at least 990 in critical reading and mathematics
- meeting any other proficiency standard approved by the local school board for all regularly enrolled students.