Education Code and Explanations
Pennsylvania Education Code for Homeschooling
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
Here is the homeschooling section of the PA Education Code,
§ 22.1-254. Updated in summer of 2008. Not intended as legal advice. For your information only.
Getting Started in Homeschooling
CHAP offers a clear English version of the requirements in Pennsylvania and what you really have to do to fulfill them. Not legal advice. Information only.
Pauline Harding’s Guide to PA Homeschooling Law
Info on Act 169 and alternatives, the affidavit, sample objectives, useful forms, evaluations, testing, portfolios, logs, high school information, and extracurricular participation.
PHEN- home educating for freedom & simplicity in Pennsylvania
PHEN explains how you can avoid going overboard trying to do too much.
PHEN- Home Educating in PA 101
This page is for those who want the simplest explanation possible of the legal requirements to home educate in Pennsylvania.
School Districts Allowing Participation
Some PA school districts will allow limited participations by homeschoolers.
Evaluators & Evaluations
Evaluator qualifications, list of evaluators, sample evaluator’s report, sample “prior approval” request letter, special ed pre-approval forms. From Paula’s Guide.
List of Homeschool Evaluators in Pennsylvania
Please think carefully about what you are looking for in an evaluator and seek out someone who is comfortable with your approach to homeschooling.From Paula’s Guide.
PA Home Education Evaluations
PA Law on the Evaluator, PA Law on Portfolios, Perspectives on Evaluations in PA, Distance Evaluations, and FAQs on Evaluations
Free Downloadable Homeschooling Forms for Planning, Record-Keeping and Complying With the PA Law
Here are a bunch of forms I’ve created for myself and for my friends. Some might work for you too. Some might not. You might want to keep some kinds of records just for yourself, and others to hand in to your district. From Paula’s Guide.
Simply Home Schooling
How to apply to and work with school districts…..how to lesson plan….how to keep attendance….how to report field trips, reading, etc., how to keep grades….create report cards and certificates of merit. Commercial manual and CD with record keeping forms needed when homeschooling through a public school program.
Homeschooling High School
PA diploma options, including info about the PA diploma programs, required subjects, compulsory attendance law, email groups. From Paula’s Guide.
Changing PA’s Home Education Law
House Bill 2560. This is what the new law would contain if it would pass in its current form. From Catholoic Homeschoolers.
CHAP’s Position on a Potential New Law
There is a groundswell among many homeschoolers across Pennsylvania about possible changes being made to the Homeschool law. [Note: this link has been up for some time and the article is undated. It remains up purely for historic interest and is no longer "news."]
Medical Form Info
Medical Form Info
Information from the PDE on the medical requirements, sample medical and dental forms. From Paula’s Guide.
PHEN- medical exemption form
The following is a version of the medical exemption form one can file with their affidavit instead of filing other more specific medical forms.
PA Homeschool Affidavit Forms
If your child turns eight before or during the first two weeks of a school year, you’ll need to file an affidavit no later than his eighth birthday.
Creating a Portfolio for Your Homeschooled Child
Homeschool portfolios – what PA law requires, how to create a portfolio, examples and ideas. From Paula’s Guide.
Logging in Pennsylvania
The log is just a list of reading materials which should be created as the materials are being read. by Carol Narigon, HEM J/F 06.
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
Creating portfolios for personal use or for getting into college.
Samples of Affidavits and Objectives
Accepted and proposed education standards from the state DOE for you to draw from. These are NOT laws, just suggested course outlines.
Just select/copy/paste either the elementary or secondary part of this page into your word processor, fill in the blanks and have it notarized. List of nationally normed standardized tests for home school use included. From Penn Link Teacher Pages.
Affidavit – PHEN
Three versions of the affidavit form the parent or guardian must file with the superintendent of the school district of residence, prior to the commencement of the home education program and annually thereafter on August 1st: .pdf, .doc, and .rtf.
Are you required to submit educational objectives? Here’s a sample from the Forrest Family of Pennsylvania.
PHEN- sample objectives
First is a list of the subjects required by law, then a sample list of elementary and secondary objectives. PHEN recommends only 1 or 2 “open-ended” objectives per subject.
Samples of Affidavits & Objectives
Sample affidavits, health forms and PDE info on health requirements, large collection of sample objectives, special ed pre-approval forms. From Paula’s Guide.
The Department has approved ten nationally normed standardized tests for home school use. Expires June 30, 2004.
Standardized Testing Available
In Pennsylvania, the state maintains a list of tests approved for use with their students. Resources for these tests that are acceptable to Catholic homeschoolers.
AN A TO Z RESOURCE
A variety of testing resources are on these pages.
Explanation of testing requirements, list of acceptable tests, list of test suppliers, test prep info. From Paula’s Guide.
Home Education and Private Tutoring in Pennsylvania
Legal information for those who wish to tutor or hire a private tutor. From the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
Alternatives to the PA home education law (Act 169), including private tutoring, homebound instruction, church schools, religious exemption, umbrella schools, public cyber-charter schools, and underground homeschooling. From Paula’s Guide.