Homeschooling in Pennsylvania: Start Here

Welcome to the home page for homeschooling in Pennsylvania. If you are searching for information about PA homeschools or want to learn how to get started, you are in the right place.

Pennsylvania makes home education more difficult that most states.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Overview
And Homeschool Requirements in Pennsylvania

There are an estimated 71,305 home educated students in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania requires homeschooling families to submit annual reports. There are state required subjects. Pennsylvania policy for homeschool assessment is as follows: Annual evaluation and periodic testing

Pennsylvania is one of just two states with laws that prevent some parents from homeschooling their children based on their legal or criminal history. Pennsylvania policy is as follows: Parents prevented from homeschooling for five years after a range of criminal convictions.

To homeschool in Pennsylvania, parents must satisfy a minimum level of education: High School Diploma

Pennsylvania vaccine information

Yes, there is.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Law

Pennsylvania State Standards and Common Core

Though Governor Corbett ordered a delay in further implementation of the Common Core in the summer of 2013, Pennsylvania had revised most of its state-written curriculum frameworks a year earlier, and these changes still stand. Pennsylvania remains an advisory/participating member of both PARCC and SBAC, but does not hold any consortia votes.

Common Core Implications

Pennsylvania homeschoolers must file with their local superintendent each school year. The state does have access to this data.

State Subject Requirements

What subjects must be covered depend on the student’s grade level.

Elementary level requirements

English, to include spelling, reading, and writing; arithmetic, science, geography, history of the United States and Pennsylvania; civics; safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires; health and physiology; physical education; music; and art.

Secondary level requirements

English, to include language, literature, speech, and composition; science; geography; social studies, to include civics, world history, history of the United States and Pennsylvania; mathematics, to include general mathematics, algebra, and geometry; art; music; physical education; health; and safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires.
Optional secondary level subjects
The parent or supervisor may choose to include economics; biology; chemistry; foreign languages; trigonometry; or other age-appropriate courses.

Graduation requirements

In order to graduate from a home education program, the following courses are the minimum requirements:
  • Four years of English
  • Three years of mathematics
  • Three years of science
  • Three years of social studies
  • Two years of arts and humanities

Private Tutor

For parents homeschooling under the private tutor law, there are no subject requirements.

Important PA legal information links

Pennsylvania Homeschool Key Resources

How to Start Homeschooling in PA

It is not as hard as you might think to start homeschooling in Pennsylvania! Click here to get started.

Local Homeschool Associations, Organizations, and Groups

Our local organizations/homeschool groups database is under construction.

Local Common Core Action Groups

Find Homeschool Curriculum

We make it incredibly easy to find the right homeschool curriculum for your family. View our list of homeschool curriculum to get started.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Conventions and Seminars

Help Homeschooling in PA

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Sources: State-by-state education laws, state-by-state education bylaws, Dept. Education, local homeschool groups, and the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
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