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Pennsylvania Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Pennsylvania’s homeschool law.

Pennsylvania Evaluations, Tests are Back

Year-end testing and evaluations were waived for the 2019–20 school year, but Pennsylvania homeschool families are expected to fulfill these requirements as the current academic terms comes to a close.

Special Education Provisions for Pennsylvania

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Pennsylvania.

Compulsory School Age in Pennsylvania

Here’s when you need to start following Pennsylvania’s compulsory school law for each of your children.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Affidavit

If you plan to homeschool under the first option in Pennsylvania, you'll need to file a homeschool affidavit.

The Importance of Recordkeeping in Pennsylvania

Here are the records you need to keep for your homeschool in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania Withdrawal Form

You can use this form to follow the withdrawal procedure of the Pennsylvania school your child is currently attending.

Jury Duty Laws in Pennsylvania

Here’s what Pennsylvania law says about jury duty exemptions for homeschool parents.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania

Here’s what Pennsylvania law says about homeschool students’ access to public school classes or services.

How to Comply with Pennsylvania’s Homeschool Law

Are you considering homeschooling your child? You can do it! As you get started, it’s important to make sure you comply with the education laws where you live. This page helps you understand how to homeschool legally in Pennsylvania—step-by-step.

Child Labor and Work Permit Laws in Pennsylvania

Homeschooling? Here’s what you should know about Pennsylvania’s child labor laws and work permit requirements.

How to Withdraw Your Child from School in Pennsylvania

How to withdraw your child from their current school in Pennsylvania and start homeschooling them.

Pennsylvania Immunization Forms

PA law requires homeschooling parents to submit a record of immunization to school officials. HSLDA members may use one of these forms, either to submit their immunization records or file religious exemption.

Some School Districts Hoarding Students

As educators scramble to adapt to the coronavirus, some parents want to withdraw their children from public school-at-home and start homeschooling. In certain states, officials are saying that isn’t allowed.

Pennsylvania Homeschool Laws

Questions about how to homeschool in Pennsylvania? Start here for a quick overview: homeschooling laws & requirements, compulsory attendance ages, withdrawal, access to sports & special ed. services, recordkeeping, work permits, jury duty . . .

Pennsylvania Case: HSLDA, ACLU Team Up to Protect 4th Amendment Rights—Victory!

A case before the PA Supreme Court threatened to reverse a homeschool-friendly ruling from 2005. To protect that precedent, we partnered with the ACLU—and we’re happy with the results!

Official Disregards Law, Demands Meeting

Some officials ask homeschool families to meet with them in person—even though the law does authorize such a demand.

New Homeschool Law Put to the Test

In some school districts confusion arose when officials failed to follow improvements enacted to homeschool law in 2014.

Officials Reject This Evaluator’s 25 Years’ Experience

This case shows how public school officials sometimes invent requirements that are not supported by state law. The false demands dealt with who is qualified to conduct year-end student evaluations.

How We Stopped These Districts from Inventing Rules

This incident illustrates a misperception that is sometimes forwarded by officials—that families need “approval” to homeschool.
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