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Table of Contents

Introduction

History of Homeschooling and Private Tutoring in Pennsylvania
Homeschooling and Private Tutoring are Rights
Sample Affidavits and Unsworn Declarations
Students with Disabilities
Diplomas
Laws and Regulations

Educational Options

Public School
Private School
Home Education Programs
Private Tutoring

Diplomas

Distance-Learning/Online Education

School District Online Schools or Programs
Cyber Charter Schools
Private Cyber Schools
Umbrella Schools
Examples of Umbrella Schools

Private Tutoring Programs
Home Education Programs (Homeschooling)

Supervisor-Issued Diploma
Home Education Association Diploma

Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma (CCSD)

Verification of a Home Education Program Prior to October 31, 2014
Commonwealth Secondary School Diplomas

Becoming a Diploma Provider

Private Tutoring Programs

Parental Responsibility
Private Tutor Responsibilities
Superintendent Responsibilities
Curriculum
Dual Enrollment of Privately Tutored Students
Diplomas for Privately Tutored Students
Qualifications of a Private Tutor

Certification
Background Checks

Private Tutoring Versus Home Education Programs

Private Tutoring
Homeschooling

Home Education Evaluators

Yearly Evaluation Requirements
Verifying "Compliance with Any Other Provisions"
Co-signing the High School Diploma

Evaluator Confirmation
Backup Confirmation

Qualifications
Continuing Education (Act 48) for an Evaluator
Providing Credentials

Documenting Credentials

Home Education Programs

Brief Tour of a Home Education Program

Homeschooling Right
Beginning the Program: The Affidavit or Unsworn Declaration
Documenting the Program: The Portfolio
Closing out the School Year: The Evaluation
Age of Enrollment and Attendance
Kindergarten
Curriculum
Extracurricular Activities
Home Education Diplomas
Transcripts
Students with Disabilities
Standardized Testing
Work Permits
Support Groups and Resources

Affidavit or Unsworn Declaration – Beginning a Home Education Program

When to Submit an Affidavit/Unsworn Declaration
The Affidavit and its Attachments

Portfolio – Tracking a Home Education Program

Minimum Portfolio Requirements
Example Format
Students above Age 18

Evaluation – Closing Out a Home Education Program

Scheduling an Evaluation
Finding an Evaluator
Diploma Considerations in Selecting an Evaluator
Contents of the Evaluation

Students above Compulsory School Age
Exceptions to Compulsory Attendance
Kindergarten
Age of Enrollment and Attendance
Age versus Grade

Home Education Divisions

Home Education Curriculum

Mandatory Courses
Graduation Requirements
Resources
Dual Enrollment of Homeschooled Students
Concurrent Enrollment of Homeschooled Students
Private Schools
Standards

Transferring to Public/Private School

School Policy Determines Grade
Verification of Homeschool Credits
Acceptance of Homeschool credit

Extracurricular Activities
Transcript
Students with a Disability

The Affidavit or Unsworn Declaration
School District Support
Revocation of Consent for Special Education Services

Standardized Testing

PSSA and PASA Testing Dates
Accommodations for a Student with a Disability
Keystone Exams

School Year
Homeschool Cooperatives

School District Responsibilities

Brief Tour of School District Responsibilities
Tracking Home Education Programs
Private Tutoring Programs
Transferring to Another District
Transferring into Public or Private School
Truancy
Challenges to an Appropriate Education
Age Versus Grade
School Year
Dual and Concurrent Enrollment
Work Permits
Written Policies
Home Education Programs Above Compulsory Age
Home Education & Private Tutoring Report
Graduation and the PHEAA Form
Tracking Home Education Programs
Affidavits
Evaluations
Tracking Private Tutoring Programs
Tracking the Immunizations and Medical Services
Proper Hearings
When a Hearing is Appropriate
The Hearing Examiner
Outcomes of a Hearing
Appealing the Hearing Outcome
Truancy
Letters of Transfer
Programs in Compliance with the Law
Issuing the Letter of Transfer
Programs Not in Compliance
Transferring from Public School to Homeschooling
Transferring from Homeschooling to Public School
Some Options in Transfer of Course Credits
Dual Enrollment for Homeschooled and Privately Tutored Students
Standardized Testing
Labeling Instructions
Enrollment in a Post-Secondary Institution
Concurrent Enrollment Programs
Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education
Work Permits
Records
Residency
Written Policies
Reporting Home Education & Private Tutoring Enrollments
Graduation and the PHEAA Form

Support Groups and Resources

Support Groups are Listed in the Following Order
List Your Support Group

Statistics

Appendix I: Credential and Disciplinary Status Categories

Credential Status
Disciplinary Status

Laws and Regulations

Public School Code of 1949 (State Law)
Article I. Preliminary Provisions
Article V. Duties and Powers of Boards of School Directors
Article XII. Certification of Teachers
Article XIII. Pupils and Attendance
Article XIV. School Health Services
Article XV. Terms and Courses fo Study
Article XVI-B. Opportunities for Educational Excellence
Article XXI. School Districts of the First Class
Article XXVI. The State Board of Education
Title 22 Education (State Regulations)
Chapter 4. Academic Standards and Assessment
Chapter 11. Student Attendance
Chapter 121. Student Financial Aid
Title 23 Domestic Relations
23Pa. § 6344.4 Recertification
Title 28 Health and Safety
Chapter 23. School Health