ICHSAP Home School Diploma Option
Students enrolled in the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program may choose to participate in the home school diploma program. The diploma is optional for all ICHSAP students, and home schooled students may continue to participate in all other functions of ICHSAP if they elect not to participate in the diploma program. Students wanting to pursue the diploma must attend the ICHSAP on a weekly basis to work with the ICHSAP Teacher. A student in the diploma program may transfer at any time to the non-diploma program.
Below are listed the ICHSAP home school diploma requirements. Scroll to the bottom of the page to view and download copies if the ICHSAP home school diploma forms.
Academic requirements for the ICHSAP Diploma
In order to receive a diploma from the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program, students must complete all of the following requirements:
Students must complete 28 units of credit.
Students must complete a minimum of fifteen and a half (15.5) required units in the following subject areas:
- 4 Units of English
- 3 units of mathematics
- 3 units of science
- 3 units of social studies (1 unit of US history and .5 unit of Government are required)
- 2.5 units of PE/health
Students must complete a minimum of twelve and a half (12.5) elective units in any area of study. It is the responsibility of each student and their parents to keep a record of the units he/she has earned in order to know at all times how he/she stands with respect to completion requirements. A transcript of work completed will be provided for each enrolled student who requests that ICHSAP keep transcript records for him/her.
Evidence of Completion
Any of the following alternatives will be accepted as evidence of completion of one unit of credit for courses:
- Completion of over two-thirds of a high school level textbook
- Completion of a minimum of 120 hours of study and/or activities related to the course content
- Completion of an independent study course which culminates in a research paper of at least fifteen pages (3600 words) in length (typed and double-spaced or handwritten shingle-spaced) using at least three non-encyclopedic references, footnotes, bibliography, etc. which demonstrates learning of the subject.
- Completion of a college course.
- Passing test score on an Advanced Placement exam
- Any other evidence of completion of a course as agreed upon by the parent and the ICHSAP secondary administrator.
Transfer credits will be accepted. If a student transfers to a home education from a traditional school, credit for school courses completed will be accepted by the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program upon receipt of the school transcript. Students receiving a homeschool diploma must be enrolled for a minimum of two years (including the final year of high school) in the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program, unless otherwise approved by the ICHSAP secondary administrator.
How Credits Are Awarded
It is up to the parent, with the concurrence of the supervising teacher, to determine that the requirements for a course unit have been met. Successful completion of each course will count towards the requirements for the ICCSD ICHSAP diploma. Units may be earned in increments of .25, .5, and 1 unit.
Evaluation will be determined by the teaching parent or legal guardian, with the concurrence of the supervising teacher. Student performance may be documented by any of the following: written coursework, tests taken, oral presentation, logs of instruction, portfolio work, standardized test scores that indicate appropriate learning of the material, or other means agreed upon by the parent, the supervising teacher, and the ICCSD ICHSAP. Director. No class rank will be given for ICCSD ICHSAP students.
ICCSD ICHSAP students pursuing the diploma option will be required to take the Iowa Assessments and achieve a score at or above the 40th percentile on come composite scores based on national norms during their junior year.
Special Needs Provision
It is the intention of the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program to award a certificate of completion to home educated students with special needs who are achieving up to their potential. Therefore, any of these requirements for the diploma may be waived by the superintendent and the ICHSAP administrator if they deem the requirements to be inappropriate for a special needs student.
A student completing the Home School Diploma Requirements will participate in an exit interview with the student, the director of the ICHSAP, and central office administrator. The director of the ICHSAP may choose to provide a graduation ceremony for these students based on the desire of graduating seniors and their parents. Home school students will not be included in the Iowa City Community School District's high school graduation ceremony.
Record keeping is primarily the responsibility of the parent. Supervising teachers and parents will review the student's progress and assign units on a transcript form on a regular basis. The original form will remain with the supervising teacher until completion of the transcript.
ICHSAP will maintain the official signed copy of student transcripts in the student's file.
The ICHSAP Official Transcript (Google Doc format) is available as a digital copy for parents who request it. Final transcripts are to be submitted to the ICHSAP secondary administrator through the supervising teacher.
Some students may be recording credit for courses taken at a public or private high school or college in addition to their home schooling studies. Parents shall provide a separate transcript for each institution where their child received credit for courses taken. Each institution will be designated on the ICHSAP Transcript.
View and download copies if the ICHSAP home school diploma forms by following the links below.