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Homeschooling in Pennsylvania

by Mary Ann Kelley

Homeschooling is regulated at the state level and changes may be made to the relevant statutes at any time. Always consult the actual state code, which is usually online at your state's official website, for the most up to date and accurate legal information with regard to homeschooling. Also keep in mind that interpretations of the code -- whether provided by school districts or homeschool groups -- may or may not be an accurate reflection of the law. Always combine interpretations with your own reading of the statute itself.

Although we try to keep our links up to date, state laws change regurlarly. The information at the links provided below contain information that may or may not be current.

TheHomeSchoolMom - The Show Me letter politely asks school officials to show where the law says the request for information is legally permissableThe "Show Me" Letter - Many an uninformed (or informed but overzealous) school administration official has asked local homeschoolers for more documentation than the state homeschool law requires. In The "Show Me" Letter, Shay Seaborne relates her experience with an overzealous official and how knowing the law and being polite but firm is often all it takes to educate local officials. A "must read" for new homeschoolers!

Pennsylvania Code S 11.31a. Students not enrolled in public schools due to participation in a home education program.

Students of compulsory school age participating in a home education program are subject to sections 1327(d) and 1327.1 of the Public School Code of 1949 (24 P. S. § § 13-1327(d) and 1327.1). School district approval is not required to commence home education programs.

Homeschooling in Pennsylvania Law Summarized

From MDHSA (Mason-Dixon Homeschoolers Association).

PHEN- Pennsylvania home education law

From Pennsylvania Home Education Network

Requirements of the Home Education Law in PA

From Catholic Homeschoolers of Pennsylvania

Read the Law

From Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Resource Pages

Pennsylvania Homeschooling

Helpful Information, Links & Tips for Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania

Time4Learning Parent Discussion Forum - Pennsylvania

Discussions and Resources for Pennsylvania Homeschoolers

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