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Pennsylvania Home School Laws Explained

Pennsylvania Education Code and Explanations

Education Laws for Homeschooling

Pennsylvania Education Code for Homeschooling
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.

2014 Switched on Schoolhouse Pennsylvania State History for Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 74

2014 Switched on Schoolhouse Pennsylvania State History for Grades 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
by Alpha Omega Publications
One resource for fulfilling the requirement for Pennsylvania state history. From a Christian publisher.

  • Switched-On Schoolhouse makes homeschooling easy and fun.
  • Quick Installation: With a few clicks, Switched-On Schoolhouse is loaded and ready to use.
  • Automatic Grading: Parents can easily keep track of student scores, assignments, grading needed to be completed, and preview assignments. This wonderful time-saving feature gives parents more hands-on time with students and less time with paperwork!
  • Video Clips: Integrated into the curriculum, videos give students an up-close look at subject topics.
  • Built-in Calendar: The calendar features allow you to assign/unassign school days, exclude date ranges, and add/remove events like field trips or holidays, and much much more. See the Features image above to see all the features of Switched on Schoolhouse.


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.

High School

Homeschooling High School
PA diploma options, including info about the PA diploma programs, required subjects, compulsory attendance law, email groups. From Paula’s Guide.

Legislation in Pennsylvania affecting Homeschoolers

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.

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.

Creating portfolios for personal use or for getting into college.

Samples of Work for the Portfolio
Although Pennsylvania homeschool law no longer requires the supervisor of a home education program to submit a portfolio to the superintendent, a qualified evaluator must still review a portfolio during the student’s interview in order to certify that “an appropriate education is occurring.”

Samples of Affidavits and Objectives

Pennsylvania Academic Standards
Accepted and proposed education standards from the state DOE for you to draw from. These are NOT laws, just suggested course outlines.

How to Prepare a Homeschool Affidavit in Pennsylvania
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.

Educational Objectives
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.

Testing Resources

Acceptable Tests
The Pennsylvania School Code, 24 P.S. 13-1327.1(e)(1) states that the portfolio for home education students in grades 3, 5 and 8 must include the results of the statewide tests for reading/language arts and mathematics or nationally normed standardized achievements tests. CHAP.

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.

Testing Homeschoolers
A variety of testing resources are on these pages.

Testing Resources
Explanation of testing requirements, list of acceptable tests, list of test suppliers, test prep info. From Paula’s Guide.

Tutor Option

Home Education and Private Tutoring in Pennsylvania
Legal information for those who wish to tutor or hire a private tutor. From askPauline’s Guide to Homeschooling in PA.

Tutor Option
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.

More Pennsylvania Homeschool Resources

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