Competent Private Instruction

The term “Competent Private Instruction” or CPI refers to teaching or instruction provided on a daily basis for at least one hundred forty-eight days per school year and at least thirty-seven days per school quarter. Such instruction may be provided by either a licensed education practitioner or non-licensed individual.  Providers are expected to implement an instructional plan and course of study and ensure students make adequate academic progress each year. CPI includes students who are enrolled in non-accredited non-public schools.

There is no prescribed curriculum for students receiving CPI, but student may be assessed annually to evaluate student progress. The school district will provide optional assessments at no cost to parent.

Students receiving CPI may dual enroll in the district for academic course (including special education) and/or extracurricular activities.  Driver’s education is available to CPI without dual enrollment.

Under the Supervision of a Licensed Practitioner

Parents/guardians must complete a Competent Private Instruction Report (CPI Form A 2018-19) and return it to the district by September 1 or within 14 days of initiating CPI. This form must be completed for all students of compulsory attendance age (i.e., 6 years of age by September 15 and younger than 16) who are enrolled in non-accredited non-public schools.  Students must be assessed on an annual basis and the results of these assessments must be reported to the school district no later than June 30. Parents must also submit evidence of immunizations under Iowa Code section 139A.8.

If the student is entitled to special education services, prior written approval form the Area Education Agency (AEA) special education director must obtained before the child may be home schooled or enrolled in a non-accredited non-public school.  This consent is not required if the parent has not consented to an initial evaluation, placement, or reevaluation of special education services or revokes their consent for special education services.

The Indianola CSD does not provide a home school assistance program (HSAP). Parents seeking a licensed practitioner to supervise or provide CPI may contact HomeSchool Iowa for assistance.

Under the Supervision of a Non-Licensed Individual

Parents/guardians providing CPI under the supervision of a non-licensed individual are encouraged to submit a Competent Private Instruction Report (CPI Form A 2017 2018), but are not required to do so.  However, students who are dual enrolled for academics, extracurricular activities and/or special education must have a completed Form A on file with the district.  Students receiving CPI under the supervision of a non-licensed individual may be evaluated on an annual basis, but they are not required to do so.  Parents who choose not assess their student(s) or to report their students progress may not dual enroll their student(s). Parents providing CPI under the supervision of a non-licensed individual are not required to submit evidence of immunization.

If the student is entitled to special education services, prior written approval form the Area Education Agency (AEA) special education director must obtained before the child may be home schooled or enrolled in a non-accredited non-public school.  This consent is not required if the parent has not consented to an initial evaluation, placement, or reevaluation of special education services or revokes their consent for special education services.