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Private Tutoring Versus Home Education Programs

Parents may want to compare the differences between homeschooling and private tutoring to see which best fits the way they would like their children to be educated. There are many similarities, such as in the curriculum requirements, but there also are differences. Here is a brief overview of the structural differences.

Private Tutoring

  1. No affidavit required (cost savings)
  2. In place of affidavit, reporting (1) by tutor of students and (2) by parent that the law's requirements were met
  3. No evaluation required (cost savings)
  4. No direct route to the Commonwealth Secondary School Diploma is possible, but additional cost and effort may be involved since high school equivalency tests now are based on the PA Core Standards)
  5. Dual enrollment possible, at the discretion of the school district
  6. Private tutor must be a PA certified teacher, submitting evidence of their certification and results of their background checks to the school district

Homeschooling

  1. Notarized affidavit required (cost)
  2. Evaluation required (cost)
  3. State-recognized diploma available
  4. Right to borrow textbooks and other curricular materials
  5. Right to participate in extracurricular activities
  6. Dual enrollment possible, at the discretion of the school district
  7. Supervisor of the home education program needs a high school diploma or its equivalent

One strategy for parents is to have their children privately tutored through eleventh grade and then switch to homeschooling in twelfth grade so that the student can obtain a state-recognized high school diploma. If this strategy is followed, the parent will need to ensure that the private tutor structures the student's education in such a way as to complete the requirements for graduation from a home education program.