How to Homeschool in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is a state rich in history and resources for homeschools. If you are interested in beginning to homeschool in your state or are looking for more information to make your decision, you've come to the right place. In this article you will find the following:

  • An overview of Pennsylvania homeschool laws,
  • An introduction to homeschool groups in Pennsylvania,
  • And a description of how Moving Beyond the Page can help you get started.
* This page does not contain legal advice and is not an endorsement of any homeschool groups listed. (see disclaimer)

Pennsylvania Homeschool Laws

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania all starts with the affidavit. Each year you must submit a formal document to your school district's superintendent. In your first year of homeschooling, you may submit the affidavit at any time, but it must be received before you begin homeschooling. After the first year, you must submit the affidavit every year you plan to homeschool by August 1.

To learn more about the formatting and information included in your affidavit, follow this link.

Penssylvania requires an affidavit from all students age 6 and up.

Ongoing Requirements
For every year that you homeschool your child, you will need to submit an end-of-year portfolio to the school district's superintendent by June 30. This portfolio should contain the following:

  • Writing and work samples created by your student
  • A log of reading materials used (it is best to maintain this record throughout the year)
  • A log documenting that you have provided instruction a minimum of either 180 days or 900 hours (grades K-6) or 990 hours (grades 7-12)
  • For Grades 3, 5, and 8, the results of statewide tests
  • Written evaluation from an evaluator who can confirm the quality of your child's education
For more information about the portfolio, check out this website.

Each year your portfolio must be evaluated by a qualified evaluator. It is a good idea to identify and contact your chosen evaluator around the beginning of the year when you submit your affidavit. An evaluator may be a licensed teacher, licensed clinical or school psychologist, or someone given consent by the district superintendent. To identify a suitable evaluator, contact your local school or a homeschool group. For more information about evaluators, go to this webpage.

State Testing
In grades 3, 5, and 8, the state of Pennsylvania requires all students to take standardized tests or other authorized equivalents. For more information about PSSA testing dates, visit this link.

Homeschooling Resources
You will be pleased to find out that there are a variety of resources available to you when you start to homeschool. For example, you may borrow curriculum, textbooks, and other materials from your school district free of charge. Your child also has the right to participate in extracurricular activities, subject to a district's policies and regulations.

Homeschool Groups in Pennsylvania

Homeschooling your children is a daunting task, but there are many groups and organizations in Pennsylvania to help you out. Here are some organizations you may want to look into.

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers
This statewide organization publishes a quarterly newsletter, offers testing services, and helps connect you with a wide variety of local organizations in your area.
Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP)
This Christian organization provides a wealth of resources including an e-newsletter, a quarterly magazine, connections to local evaluators, and testing resources. In addition, CHAP organizes several field trips throughout the year.
Schuylkill County Homeschool Group
This meet-up group hosts field trips, playdates, group learning opportunities, and meet-ups for students and parents throughout Northeast Pennsylvania, focusing on Schuylkill County.
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NOTE: You can find a wealth of local and state groups offering homeschooling advice and support on sites such as Facebook and Yahoo Groups. You can search by city or county, religious preference, homeschooling philosophy, and more. You will need a free account on these sites to join one of their groups.

A Homeschool Curriculum for Pennsylvania

Moving Beyond the Page is a homeschool curriculum that exceeds the requirements for homeschooling in the state of Pennsylvania. All of the Moving Beyond the Page packages cover science, social studies, and language arts, and we offer a range of math programs as well. The Pennsylvania legal requirements are only a starting point, and our curriculum utilizes a range of educational strategies that are designed to foster a love of learning in children including:

  • Hands-on activities,
  • Differentiated options, and
  • Independent projects.

Moving Beyond the Page encourages critical thinking and creativity while encouraging your child's unique learning style like no other curriculum on the market. If your child is a hands-on learner, a gifted learner, or a creative free-thinker, then you should look into Moving Beyond the Page for your child.

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Any information about the laws in your state is provided to help you understand your legal requirements to homeschool in your state. It should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. This information was not compiled by a lawyer. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under. If you have questions, you should seek the advice of a lawyer that operates in your state.

Moving Beyond the Page does not endorse any of the homeschool groups that are included in these pages. They are provided only for your benefit. You should research any group to ensure that they align with your family's goals and philosophies.