Home Education Overview

 

In 1988, the Pennsylvania General Assembly passed Act 169, a law that amended the Pennsylvania School Code to allow parents or guardians to homeschool their children as an option to compulsory school attendance. For the convenience of Pleasant Valley homeschool parents/guardians this area of the Pleasant Valley School District website provides information including but not limited to a sample affidavit, a list of nationally normed standardized tests per the law, home education reference documents, and a list of home education organizations serving PA families.

 

Beginning Your Homeschool Program

 

·        Parents/Guardians must file an affidavit for each child being homeschooled.

·        The affidavit must be filed when the home education program begins and annually thereafter by August 1st.

·        Attachments to the affidavit must include:

o       An outline of the proposed educational objectives arranged by subject matter,

o       Evidence* that the child has been immunized in accordance with the provisions of law.

o       Evidence* that the child has received the health and medical services required for students of the child's age or grade level.

o       The supervisor of the home education program must also certify on the affidavit that the supervisor has earned a high school diploma or its equivalent and that the supervisor and all adults living in the home and persons having legal custody of the child have not been convicted of the criminal offenses listed in section 111(e) of the PA School Code. 

o       Any student who has been identified under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as needing special education services (excluding those identified as gifted/talented) must have his/her home education approved by a state-certified special education teacher or a licensed clinical or certified school psychologist.

 

*The affidavit is considered to be “satisfactory evidence of compliance with the law.”

 

Completion of the School Year

No later than June 30th of each year, the supervisor of the home education program must provide a portfolio and evaluator’s report to the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction located in the Pleasant Valley Administration Building on Route 115 in Brodheadsville. Each student's portfolio must include:

·        samples of student work

·        a list which identifies by title the reading materials used throughout the school year,  

·        a log of instructional time(primary - 180 days or 900 hours/secondary - 180 days or 990 hours)

·        standardized test results (when required or if otherwise desired), and

·        a written evaluation of educational progress completed by a state certified teacher (with two years of teaching experience) or a licensed psychologist, or a non public school teacher or administrator (with at least two years teaching experience in the last ten years in either public or non public schools).

 

The superintendent may request the portfolio and evaluation any time prior to June 30th if the superintendent has a reasonable belief that appropriate education is not occurring. Supervisors should consult 22 Pa. Code §§ 4.20 – 4.28 for information regarding age-appropriate courses.

 

The supervisor of a home education student who has been identified as needing special education services pursuant to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), must have a certified special education teacher or licensed clinical or certified school psychologist’s written approval of the home education program. This requirement does not apply to students who have been identified as gifted or talented.

 

Entering/Re-Entering the Pleasant Valley School District

 

Students entering or re-entering the Pleasant Valley School District after successful home education programs will be placed in a grade level closest to their chronological age and achievement level based on school district testing, using national testing norms, previous school records, present program options, and curriculum requirements. The school district may request to have the student evaluated by an assigned school psychologist and/or appropriate others to determine a course of study and current level of instruction. Any and all work completed in the home education program must be submitted for evaluation. The parent/guardian must request entry or re-entry from the home education program directly to the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Upon notification from the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction that the home education is terminated or successfully completed, the student will be enrolled in the appropriate building site.

 

Under Act 169, students whose homeschool program has been determined unsuccessful will have to return to school and repeat the grade for which homeschooling was scheduled.

 

The school district does not award a diploma or otherwise acknowledge the completion of a student’s education in a home education program. If a home education student enrolls in the school at any time, he/she must meet all graduation requirements/criteria as established by the school.

 

For additional information on home education, please see Board Policy No. 137 or contact the Office of Curriculum and Instruction at (570) 402-1000, ext. 1246. More information can also be accessed by visiting the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) website at http://www.education.state.pa.us or http://www.education.pa.gov/K-12/Home%20Education%20and%20Private%20Tutoring/Pages/default.aspx#.VpVoa1KGNAM.

 

 

 

Last Modified on January 12, 2016
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