PAGE CONTENTS:

1. THE HOMESCHOOL LAW

2. LEGAL ASSISTANCE

3. DIPLOMA OPTIONS

4. RESOURCES

5. ONLINE RESOURCES

 

 

THE LAW- Pennsylvania Law (Act 169. 1988) requires:

    Notarized affidavit - available from your school district office: for every child 8 years of age or any child being taken out of any grade 1-12. Requires child's immunization records and list of curriculum objectives (goals) for the school year. You must attest to the fact that you have at least a high school diploma or GED.

    Daily log to show work for 180 days or 900 hours (990 hours secondary level).

    Portfolio (album) to show samples of child's work thru the year in each subject area. Photos, certificates, reading lists, field trip brochures, artwork, etc. can be included.

    Evaluation of child at end of school year (by June 30) to determine that an appropriate education has been taking place.

    Medical and dental exams in certain grades.

    Standardized testing in grades 3, 5, and 8.

    NOTE: Once you file with your school district, they must lend you books if you request them from the school your child would attend. You can start with them alone, or borrow them and use supplements. Otherwise, there is a wealth of material available out there.

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LEGAL ASSISTANCE

HSLDA - Home School Legal Defense Association - (540) 338-5600
P.O. Box 159
Paeonian Springs, VA 22129

There is a $120 a year membership fee for legal protection for homeschooling rights and regular legislative updates. (If you are a member of Chester County Homeschoolers you get a discounted rate of $102.)

Rutherford Institute 1-800-225-1791
P.O. Box 7482
Charlotteville, VA 22906

Committed to providing legal assistance to the extent of their resources. (Supporting member dues.)

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DIPLOMA OPTIONS

Erie County Home Schoolers Diploma Association - (570) 967-0951
They provide diplomas, including Basic, Academic, and Honors. For more information visit their site at http://www.echsdiploma.org or e-mail echsda@velocity.net.

Keystone National High School - 1-800-255-4937l
They provide a full four-year high school correspondance course that provides a diploma at completion, recognized by the state of PA.

Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) - (724) 783-6512
Director: Dr. Howard Richman
RD2 - Box 117
Kittanning, PA 16201
For information visit http://www.pahomeschoolers.com

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RESOURCES

For a list of catalogs, books, newsletters, magazines, guides that are helpful for homeschoolers send us an e-mail and we'll send one to you.

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Homeschool Chester County Library
The Homeschooling Book of Answers (eBook)

PA Educational Materials (4th Grade)
Available from your state representative for free: poster to color, bookmark, booklets on many aspects of PA, activity book, road map.

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ONLINE RESOURCES

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Crosswalk Homeschool Channel
www.crosswalk.com/homeSchool

NATHHAN - International support group for families who educate their special needs children at home. Highly recommended.
www.NATHHAN.com

PA Department of Education
www.pde.state.pa.us/pde_internet/site/default.asp

Sample Objectives
www.phen.org/archive/objectives.html
www.worldbook.com

Sonlight Curriculum
www.sonlight.com

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