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Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

Brand New to Homeschooling?  Start here. ~

PA Home Education Law - The Basics

~ Overview of the PA Home Education Law ~
~ Affidavit  ~  Special Ed  ~  Objectives  ~   Immunizations & Medical Requirements  ~  Compulsory School Age  ~  Log   ~  Portfolios   ~   Portfolio Summaries   ~   Portfolio Step-By-Step   ~   Required Days/Hours  ~  Required Subjects  ~  Testing  ~   Evaluations    ~    Evaluator List  ~   Useful Forms  ~   Fire Safety Resources  ~  Moving to, from, or within PA  ~ Partial Year Portfolios ~ Due Process ~ Legal Assistance

New Home Education Law, as of October, 2014

~ FAQ's - Quick Summary of the New Law
Read before you submit your end-of-year paperwork - note that ONLY the evaluator's certification now goes to the school district.

~ Excerpts from the New Law
Handy to submit with your evaluator's certification, to notify your district about the law changes.

~ Text of the new law ~ New diploma option! ~ New due process rules ~

PA Home Education Law - Looking Deeper

~ The Text of the PA Home Education Law and Other Relevant Legal References
~ Hints for Handling School District Problems ~
~ PA Dept of Education (PDE) Home Education Liaison Contact Info ~
~ The PDE's Home Ed page is here; their most recent Basic Education Circular (BEC) on homeschooling can be found here. Please note that the PDE has been changing their web site, so some of my links to their pages may be broken.
~ PA Homeschooling Statistics ~
~ Legislative History and Current Issues ~

Alternatives to the PA Home Education Law

~ Overview of Alternatives to the Home Education Law ~ Private Tutor Option   ~   Public Cyber Charter School   ~   Public Homebound Instruction    ~    Umbrella School   ~   Exclusion Under the Immunization Regulations   ~   Church School   ~   Religious Exemption (RFPA)   ~   RFPA News   ~   Underground (illegal) Homeschooling

Homeschooling High School

~ Overview of Homeschooling High School ~ PA Diploma Programs ~ PHEAA issues ~ New diploma option!


~ Support Groups & Co-ops (PA & DE) + Blogs    
~ Curriculum sources (new & used) + Conferences
~ Homeschoolers in Public School Extracurriculars (Sports, Clubs, Music Groups) ~
~ Delco-Homeschool: A Virtual Support Group for Delaware County, PA ~
~ Homeschooling Gifted Kids in PA ~

Teaching Resources

~ Teaching Reading ~ Ready for Algebra? ~ Math & Food ~

~ Homeschooling Site Map



FOP Homeschoolers Field Trip Information

Gifted Kids

~ A few resources for gifted kids, both in school and homeschooled.

~ My list of Gentle Chapter Books for Young Gifted Readers


~ My ladies' cloth pads sewing pattern & tutorial, one of the most popular things on my site. And here's a new version, using PUL fabrics!

~ A tutorial for sewing a makeup brush roll-up case.

~ A few other things I've made.

~ Knitting for Barbie and American Girl Dolls