Pennsylvania holds a unique position as one of the few states that offers homeschoolers free access to teaching materials, the ability to participate in extracurricular school activities, and a path to a state-recognized diploma. Are you preparing to begin homeschooling in the Keystone State?
As you navigate the path of a new homeschooler in Pennsylvania, you will need to know how to enroll in homeschool, how to stay compliant with state laws, and how to find support along the way. You will also be looking for the best home school programs in Pennsylvania, and may even wonder how to integrate field trips into your curriculum. Welcome to homeschooling in Pennsylvania!
- How to Homeschool in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Homeschooling Laws
- Pennsylvania Homeschool Associations
- Pennsylvania Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
- Homeschool Field Trips in Pennsylvania
- Pennsylvania Standardized Testing and Test Prep
- Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Pennsylvania
- How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12 in Pennsylvania
*This should by no means be interpreted as legal advice. It is your responsibility to interpret and understand the laws that you will be homeschooling under.
How to Homeschool in Pennsylvania
The steps to homeschooling in Pennsylvania begin with the following:
- Meeting minimum requirements for home educators including having a high school diploma or equivalent and no major criminal offenses on record in the previous five years.
- Submitting a notarized affidavit of required information to the local school superintendent.
- Choosing the best homeschool curriculum mix for each student you will be homeschooling.
- Start having fun learning together!
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Pennsylvania Homeschooling Laws
In Pennsylvania, children ages 8 to 16 must attend school under Pennsylvania’s compulsory education requirements. To meet these requirements by homeschooling in Pennsylvania, you must have a high school diploma (or equivalent) and not have been convicted of any major criminal offenses in the previous five years.
You must also submit a notarized affidavit yearly to the superintendent’s office of the student’s home school district. For full details on how to enroll in homeschool visit our Pennsylvania Homeschool Laws page.
Pennsylvania Homeschool Associations
Pennsylvania’s main statewide homeschool association is the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP). A few of the benefits that homeschoolers can receive from their state organization are:
- Getting up-to-date news about homeschool issues and changes to the law
- Lists of homeschool support groups around the state
- Links to state resources and discounts that benefit homeschoolers
Discover more about the Pennsylvania homeschool association and its goals and benefits on our Pennsylvania Homeschool Associations page.
Pennsylvania Homeschool Groups and Co-ops
You don’t have to be far into the homeschool journey before you recognize that you need an ongoing support system. You’ll have questions you want answered about best practices, advice to seek about curriculum options, and you will even find yourself craving the camaraderie of families who’ve blazed this path before you. Learn about your many options for support in Pennsylvania on the Pennsylvania Homeschool Groups and Co-ops page.
Pennsylvania Homeschool Field Trips
Homeschooling isn’t all lessons and instruction, of course. Home education offers families the flexibility to learn when, where, and how they determine best. And for many families, that includes abundant opportunities to take their homeschool on the road for day trips and excursions that allow for hands-on, experiential learning. Discover some amazing field trip ideas around the state in our Homeschool Field Trips in Pennsylvania post.
Pennsylvania Standardized Testing and Test Prep
Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania are required to take standardized tests in grades 3, 5, and 8 in both reading/language arts and mathematics. Time4Learning helps students prepare for these nationally normed tests by offering standards-based curriculum in these subject areas as well as practice assessments at certain grade levels. Find out more about building the skills for success for these tests on the Pennsylvania Test Prep page.
Why Time4Learning is the Leading Homeschool Curriculum in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, homeschool curriculum choice is completely up to parents and students. So, it’s important to understand what programs will best fit your individual student’s needs and your overall homeschool goals and budget. A few of the reasons that Time4Learning is an ever-popular curriculum choice for Pennsylvania families include:
- PreK-12th grade coursework is correlated to state standards and helps students get prepared for required annual testing.
- Members have access to 3,500+ multimedia lessons, printable worksheets and graded activities in a student-paced environment that brings concepts to life.
- It has a low monthly price, does not require a contract, and provides a money-back guarantee.
How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12
Choosing curriculum is one of the most important aspects of starting to homeschool in any state. Parents in Pennsylvania have much more to choose from than typical textbooks, workbooks, and other traditional schooling methods. Interactive videos, laptops, mobile devices, and online programs provide exciting and engaging ways for children to experience education.
But these technological methods often confuse parents, especially those who are new homeschoolers. Eventually, parents come to realize that mixing different tools and activities usually keeps their children stimulated and eager to learn. For more information, review How to Build the Best Homeschool Curriculum for PreK-12.
Pennsylvania Unit Study Supplement
Help your homeschooler learn interesting history and geography facts about Pennsylvania in the Time4Learning unit study supplement.
Online Curriculum for Homeschool, Afterschool and Summer Use
In addition to being an award-winning choice for homeschool families, Time4Learning also offers an online after school program to help build your child’s skills. View our lesson demos to discover why thousands of Pennsylvanian families are already using it!
Give your student the chance to get back on track or explore exciting electives and get ahead for the next school year with Time4Learning’s online summer school. Our educational materials will engage and challenge your child to succeed.