Children must attend school or comply with the homeschool laws between the ages of 6 and 18 years, with students who graduate being exempt.
Using September 1 as a cutoff date for determining whether a child is subject to compulsory school attendance is supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s official guidance on compulsory school attendance. So if a child turns six (6) after September 1, you may wait until the following year to file a homeschool affidavit.
HSLDA believes that a parent-issued diploma and transcript should be sufficient to demonstrate that a child has completed a secondary education. However, even if your child is beyond compulsory school attendance age, there may be situations where you would want to continue to follow the requirements of a home education option recognized under Pennsylvania law until your child graduates from high school (filing a home education notice, keeping attendance and other records, etc.).
These records may be requested in some situations, such as obtaining a driver's license if your child is a minor, enlisting in the military, applying to colleges, or demonstrating eligibility for Social Security benefits. If you are a member of HSLDA and would like additional details, please contact us.
Please note: The information on this page has been reviewed by an attorney, but it should not be taken as legal advice specific to your individual situation.