What is Dual Enrollment?
School districts in the state of Iowa are required to offer home-schooled students part-time enrollment by subject, called dual enrollment. The subjects not taken through the school district are taught through homeschooling, by a non-accredited school, or by a licensed teacher. While the our District offers a 1/2 day option for Kindergarten families, dual enrollment is the only option for parents of 1st grade through 12th grade students wishing to have their student attend a partial in-person school day on a regular basis. Parents who are interested in dual enrollment typically have:
Elementary Dual Enrollment
At the elementary level, dual enrollment is participation in extracurriculars and/or 1-5 whole subjects (or no more than 75% of whole subjects within the instructional day) with a minimum of two whole subjects taught through home schooling.
- At the elementary level, the subjects are broken down as follows: Math (includes whole and small group), ELA (includes whole and small group reading and writing), Science, Social Studies, Art, Music, Guidance, Library and PE.
- Students are required to attend all class meetings for each subject in which they are dual enrolled (i.e. if they dual enroll in ELA, they must attend whole and small group reading as well as writing instruction). This may cause the pick up/drop off time to be different each day.
Secondary Dual Enrollment
At the secondary level, dual enrollment is participation in 1-5 whole subjects and/or sports and extracurricular activities. While secondary students earn credit for dual enrollment subjects, home-schooled subjects do not count for credit toward a high school diploma. Secondary students might also dual enroll for the sole purpose of accessing college courses through the Senior Year Plus program.
The list of subjects a dual enrollment student attends at both the elementary and secondary level is listed in Infinite Campus and is submitted to District administration.
Dual Enrollment Requirement
To satisfy the dual enrollment requirement, parents must choose at least one of the three options below:
- Hire an Iowa licensed teacher or certified private instructor (CPI).
- Parent or guardian serves as educator and student completes an annual assessment (Approved assessments can be found here Acceptable Tests for Baseline and Annual Assessment Options (link coming soon) A portfolio review of home schooled Science and Social Studies coursework may be required for some grades in addition to assessments).
- Participate in the Iowa City Home School Assistance Program - this requires meeting 4 times/quarter- 16 times/year with one of the ICHSAP supervising teachers.