Pennsylvania Homeschool Law – PA Homeschooling Laws

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Knowing the requirements for homeschooling in Pennsylvania is one key to successful homeschooling. That is why we have provided you with specific information on homeschooling in Pennsylvania and helpful links to PA’s Department of Education, homeschool requirements, Pennsylvania homeschool laws, and legal support resources.

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Links for Pennsylvania Homeschool Laws

Pennsylvania Department of Education Site

Pennsylvania Homeschool Site

We will update our records on a yearly basis, but if any new legislation goes into effect for your state, it should be listed here.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Summary

If you are homeschooling in the state of Pennsylvania, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Ensure that you are allowed to teach:  Pennsylvania law requires that the homeschooling parent have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent.
  2. Submit an affidavit to your local superintendent by August 1st of each school year. Along with this affidavit, you should submit your course objectives. These are available, upon request, from your advisor for all courses taken through Bridgeway Academy. Copies of the Elementary and Secondary Affidavits can be found below. Please note that if you have a tutor sign off on your affidavit, that tutor must be providing instruction to the student. 
  3. Teach the required subjects: Please see page 30 of this document
  4. Track your time. You must document that you have completed 180 days or 900 hours for elementary students or 990 hours for high school students.   
  5. Take standardized tests in grades 3, 5, and 8. A list of the approved tests can be found here, and Bridgeway Academy offers the Stanford Achievement Test each year if you need it.  
  6. Prepare a portfolio to present to a certified teacher by the end of the school year. The teacher’s evaluation will need to be submitted to your school district no later than June 30th. Your portfolio should contain evidence of completed school work, documentation of days/hours completed throughout the year, a record of field trips, etc.  

Helpful Resources

Pennsylvania HSLDA Reference Document

For additional information, including a downloadable PDF with a detailed analysis of your state’s homeschool laws and legal counsel, be sure to become a member of the HSLDA for a yearly fee.

Pennsylvania Sample Elementary Affidavit
Pennsylvania Sample Secondary Affidavit

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