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Private Instruction means instruction using a plan and course of study in a setting other than a public or organized accredited nonpublic school. It includes competent private instruction (by a licensed practitioner or a non-licensed person), independent private instruction, home school assistance programs, and non-accredited nonpublic schools.
Competent Private Instruction
Competent Private Instruction (CPI) means, briefly, instruction provided on a daily basis for at least 148 days during a school year by or under the supervision of a licensed practitioner or other person which results in the student making adequate progress.
There are two options for enrolling a student under CPI in Iowa.
Option 1: by or under the SUPERVISION of a licensed PRACTITIONER
- Choosing this option requires you to submit a Form A to the district by September 1 of the enrollment year.
- It also requires you to submit evidence of immunizations upon first time enrollment.
- Students may dual enroll in academics or extra curricular activities.
- The Iowa Assessments shall be provided at no cost to fulfill the annual assessment option by notifying the district home school coordinator. At Bettendorf Schools, Iowa Assessments for grades 9-11 take place in November; grades 3-8 are tested February. Testing at the AEA takes place in November for all grades 2-12; register through your district by October 6.
Option 2: by a non-licensed person
- The child is receiving private instruction by a non-licensed person.
- You MAY but are not required to submit a Form A to the district by September 1 of the enrollment year.
- You MAY but are not required to be assessed annually. If you choose to assess the Iowa Assessments shall be provided at no cost. Please inform the district or the AEA. At Bettendorf Schools, Iowa Assessments for grades 9-11 take place in November; grades 3-8 are tested February. Testing at the AEA takes place in November for all grades 2-12.
- The student MAY dual enroll in academics or extra curricular activities. IMPORTANT - Form A, evidence of immunizations upon first time enrollment, and annual assessment results MUST be filed with the District if the student dual enrolls.
The Private Instruction Handbook 2016-2017 is an excellent source of information about the options, requirements, and responsibilities of private instruction published by the state Department of Education. Please familiarize yourself with this information.
If a child has been identified as requiring special education programs or services, please consult the handbook for options and procedures.
The Private Instruction Comparison Chart is a simple guide to help determine what is required for the private instruction option you choose. The chart explains Competent Private Instruction vs Independent Private Instruction.