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Pennsylvania

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Explore Homeschooling helps you take an overview look at homeschooling requirements and guidelines in Pennsylvania. Homeschooling in Pennsylvania is not for the faint of heart! This state is ranked as one of the most challenging states to homeschool in. Pennsylvania has detailed requirements regarding courses taught, hours spent learning, record keeping, and annual reviews to assess if your student is receiving an appropriate education. With four options to choose from, homeschooling in Pennsylvania is still accessible to those dedicated to educating at home. The Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address were all penned in Pennsylvania; with a history like that, it’s no wonder this state is notorious for requiring diligent record keeping.

Snapshot of Requirements

  • Complexity

    Pennsylvania parents who wish to homeschool have three options which place most of the requirements burden "elsewhere." These options are instruction with a private tutor, enrollment in a satellite religious day school, and enrollment in an accredited satellite day or boarding school. Parents who choose to take responsibility for all instruction will be required to provide proof of an appropriate education.
  • Teaching

    Parents who wish to provide instruction are required to have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent to homeschool in Pennsylvania. Students must complete a set number of days or hours of instruction which must include a specific set of courses, defined by age, as established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.
  • Testing

    In grades 3, 5, and 8 Pennsylvania requires students to take a nationally recognized standardized test that has been approved by the Pennsylvania department of education or participate in the Statewide administered tests to public school students. Pennsylvania homeschoolers are also subject to potential random evaluations at the request of their local superintendent and will have 30 days to submit evaluation results upon written request.
  • Registration

    An annual notarized affidavit is required to be filed with your local superintendent prior to starting your homeschool program. This notarized affidavit must include seven key sections of information outlined by the state's homeschool legislation. It should be noted that Pennsylvania requires immunization records or exemption forms as part of your filed affidavit.
  • Grade Level

    Homeschooling is allowed in all grades. Pennsylvania requires children between the ages of 6 and 18 to be schooled.
  • Reporting

    Portfolios are required by the state of Pennsylvania. These student portfolios must include student work samples, standardized testing results, and a log of reading materials used for instruction, all of which are subject to annual review. It is further stipulated that your log entries must be made in the same timeframe as instruction is given.

Advice For Homeschooling In Pennsylvania

Being organized will help you a lot when it comes to maintaining required records, submitting assessments, and ensuring instruction in all required subjects. With good preparation and due diligence, meeting these requirements is a less daunting task! Be sure to have a solid curriculum plan, stay on top of your required log, and utilize proper tools such as a planner to ensure that you fulfill your required days or hours of instruction per homeschool year. You may even find that the detailed requirements relieve you from the stress of “where to start,” when planning out your homeschool year.

QUICK FACTS

Over 75,000 students homeschool in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania!

Pennsylvania has a variety of enrichment experiences for the homeschoolers!

Pennsylvania parents have had the right to homeschool since 1988.

Featured Field Trip In Your Region

Destination Gettysburg!

Make Your Own History

Gettysburg is the perfect destination for a unique and memorable homeschool field trip; Your child will experience the stories of our nation’s dramatic heritage from an insightful firsthand perspective.

Check our website for ongoing “safe travel” updates on activities and events to help you plan your trip, and visit our LearnInGettysburg section for a listing of historical places designed to fully engage your homeschool student with the “living history” that defines our town.

Explore Homeschooling Activities In Your Area

Looking for field trip ideas? Follow the link below to learn more about field trips in your area and access a coordinating e-book to enrich your experience.

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History Museums

Do you ever wonder if your field trips are effective? With this download, you'll learn how to plan a history field trip, what to take along with you, and how to follow up on the trip with activities to reinforce learning. We've also included activity worksheets to use while on the field trip to help you make the most of your hands-on history exploration!

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Nature Study

How do you handle nature studies when nature isn't your thing? You find help! This download defines and describes nature studies, provides a list of materials you need, offers practical ideas for implementing a nature study, and includes a book list for reinforcement. We've even included worksheets to guide you each step of the way.

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Aquariums & Zoos

Zoos and aquariums are always fun to visit. But, with a little extra time and energy investment, you can turn your visit into an academically enriching activity! In this download, you'll find tips for planning your trip well, activities to complete during your visit, follow-up activities discussion guides, and a list of books to reinforce what your students have learned.

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Libraries

Did you know that you can turn something as simple as a trip to the library into a delightful field trip? In this download, you'll learn how to lay the groundwork for a fun trip, discover all of the exciting ways to enjoy a library visit, and find age-appropriate follow-up activities.

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Historical Sites

Historical sites bring history to life in amazing ways. With so many options available, it might feel overwhelming to try to plan a trip. This month's download is here to help! Find tips for planning, carrying out, and following up on a historical site visit—then get ready to enjoy!

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Outdoor Family Fun

A summer break from formal curriculum is a healthy and good thing. But, you can still keep your child learning, even during the break! In this e-book, you'll find tips for ways to combine summer learning and summer fun.

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Art Museums

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Art Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next art museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Community Kindness

Have you heard of the Random Acts of Kindness movement (RAK)? That's what this month's field trip focus is all about!

In this Community Kindness Activity Guide, you'll find suggestions for showing kindness to people in your community. You'll also discover volunteer options for every stage of learning. Download your e-book today, and start planning your RAK fun!

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My Town

How much do you know about your town? Notebooking can be a great way to process through learning about your city or town! In this My Town Activity E-Book, you'll find suggestions for completing notebooking activities to help you learn about both the geography and history of your community, town, or city. When you complete all of the research, you can add a cover and use a binder or folder to create a lasting version of your exploration!

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Indoor Field Trips & Factories

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Factory Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next indoor field trip, with a special focus on factories of all kinds. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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Holiday Crafts & Recipes

No matter what the holiday, there are always fun ways to celebrate through crafts and cooking! In this Holiday Crafts & Recipes Activity E-Book, you'll find a wealth of craft options for all ages, as well as recipes you can whip up together. Use the results of your creativity to decorate your home, brighten the day of a friend, or even show appreciation to the people who serve your town or community!

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Science Museum

Do you ever wonder if the things you and your students experience on a field trip really stick? Sometimes the simple act of asking targeted questions, turning the field trip into a game, or encouraging your students to take notes can make all the difference. In this Science Museum Activity E-Book, you'll find tips, activity suggestions, and printables to help you make the most of your next science museum field trip. Download your e-book today, and start planning your trip with confidence!

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