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Should You Respond To Unauthorized Requests From School Administrators?

When the Pennsylvania homeschool law was amended in 2014, it identified limited circumstances and a precise procedure that a superintendent is required to follow to contact a supervisor of a home education program. When Law Authorizes Communication According to the law, the superintendent is only authorized to contact a supervisor if: the supervisor fails to […]

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The Difference Between the Log and the Time Requirement

A common source of confusion about the homeschool law is mingling the log requirement with the time requirement. I get questions all the time about what form is best for the log (calendar, planner, etc) signaling that a parent is confusing it with keeping track of days or hours. The PDE and the HSLDA don’t […]

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Should You Provide Proof of An Evaluator’s Qualifications?

It is increasingly common for school superintendents to request an evaluator’s teaching certificate either by contacting the supervisor or the evaluator directly. The Pennsylvania home education law does not give school districts authority to verify an evaluator’s qualifications and┬ásupervisors should decline such requests for the reasons I’ll explain below. 1. The request assumes all evaluators […]

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The Challenge of Accountability When You Homeschool

  One challenge that took me by surprise in the years that I homeschooled was my older son’s need for outside accountability to stay motivated. It took a while for me to recognize because it’s not something a child would understand, know that he needed or be able to articulate. From my point of view, […]

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A Resource that Helped Our Son Qualify for a $6k per Year Scholarship

Background I’ve been writing about my son’s college search process on my personal blog (“Being Home“). I’m sharing the latest news that Luke qualified for the academic scholarship at the University where he committed to play tennis. Luke had to raise his SAT score by 40 points to get the award ($6,000/year). He hadn’t prepared […]

How to Homeschool High School in Pennsylvania

Homeschooling High School in Pennsylvania

Some homeschool parents get spooked about high school due to Pennsylvania’s higher regulations relative to other states but they really shouldn’t. In this post, I’ll explain how even the most relaxed home education program can satisfy the basic graduation requirements of the Pennsylvania homeschool law while still preparing a student for his or her future […]