Some home-schooled students here in Indiana will be eligible to join sports teams at their local public schools under new rules adopted by the Indiana High School Athletic Association. The new rules require that the students must have been home-schooled for three straight years, complete all state-required school testing and attend at least one class a day at their local public high school. The new rules will take effect in the 2013-14 school year.
Home-schooled students will not be allowed to compete on teams at private schools affiliated with the IHSAA, but they will be allowed to play on teams at charter schools, which are public schools. Nearly half of states nationwide have similar rules for home-schooled athletes to play on public school teams.