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Now the confusion.
Within Iowa’s overall 30,000 or more home-schooling population, there are two subsets -- 4,643 students who receive partial state-funded assistance through their enrollment in a home-school assistance program in their local public school districts, and 5,483 students who use dual enrollment to benefit from extracurricular activities, advanced course work or other offerings.
What does that mean? They pay for curriculum to use at home?
According to Iowa homeschool law you can either submit a portfolio each year, have your child take a norm referenced test each year, or have your child visited by a licensed teacher a certain number of times each year. Working with an HSAP is one way to do the last option. If your child takes classes through the HSAP (usually things like unit studies, or art, music, gym... nothing too hardcore) that counts for half of your visits from a licensed teacher. You then set up times with one of the teachers at the HSAP to take care of the rest. My children go to the Cedar Rapids HSAP every Wednesday for about 4 hours. Once a month they stay after for about an hour to do a cute craft or something with a licensed teacher to make up the rest of the "visits".
The HSAP my children go to offers curriculum you can rent. However, personally, I don't think a lot of it is very good. I have rented it in the past, but will not do so again.
Dual enrollment is when your child attends a public school part time. For instance, maybe you just want them to take the foreign language classes at one of the high schools, but that is all they take there, or maybe they want to be on the football team.