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Pennsylvania Legal Analysis

A detailed analysis of Pennsylvania’s homeschool law.

COVID-19: Update—PA Legislature Waives Testing and Evaluation Requirements

The Pennsylvania Legislature has waived the end-of-year evaluation and testing requirements and the minimum instructional time requirements for homeschooling families this year.

Special Education Provisions for Pennsylvania

Special education provisions for homeschooled students in Pennsylvania.

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.

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 and Notice of Intent

If you plan to homeschool under the first option in Pennsylvania, you'll need to file a homeschool affidavit. If you reside in Philadelphia, file the Notice of Intent.

Public School Access for Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania

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

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.

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.

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.

COVID-19: Guidance for Pennsylvania Parents of 2019–2020 12th Graders

With homeschool requirements changed due to COVID-19, parents of 12th graders are asking whether they must have their student evaluated prior to graduation.

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 . . .

Update: HSLDA, ACLU Team Up to Protect Fourth 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!

Update: Changes to Homeschool Requirements in Several States

Lawmakers and other officials have taken action to modify—or even waive—some homeschool requirements, including testing and other forms of assessment. Here’s the latest.

HSLDA, ACLU Team Up to Protect Fourth Amendment Rights

With the support of our members, donors, allies, friends—and sometimes the ACLU—HSLDA tends the garden of freedom.

Homeschool Surge Brings Rise in Disconnected Restrictions

The current wave of new homeschoolers is also prompting a rise in misinformation from state and school officials about how to get started. We can help provide clarity.
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