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 […]
It’s pretty common for someone moving to PA or moving within PA to ask how a school district treats homeschoolers. Another version of this question is, “are there any school districts I should avoid?” I hope I can convince you that this concern is irrelevant and shouldn’t be the basis for your decision to move […]
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 […]
The efficiency and flexibility of homeschooling can allow students to graduate early. This post identifies some factors to consider whether it makes sense.
It’s perfectly legal under PA homeschool law to include a child from another family in your home education program. This post guide you through the scenarios and help both families file the required paper work.
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 supervisors should decline such requests for the reasons I’ll explain below. 1. The request assumes all evaluators […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
My oldest child graduated from the local public high school in 2016. Not many kids can say they experienced just about every imaginable type of school. She attended pre-K at the local Catholic school. She was homeschooled from Kindergarten through 7th grade. She attended a charter school where she studied media arts for 8th and […]