Warwick School District
Home Education & Private Tutoring Programs
Warwick School District partners with the Home Education families in the district. When parents choose home education, there are requirements that must be met. Pennsylvania Department Education requires several components to the Home Education Program. Components of home education include:
• Notarized affidavit required (cost to family)
• Evaluation required (cost to family)
• State-recognized diploma available
• Right to borrow textbooks and other curricular materials from district
• Right to participate in extracurricular activities
• Dual enrollment possible, at the discretion of the school district
• Supervisor of the home education program needs a high school diploma or its equivalent
Homeschooling and Private Tutoring are Rights
The decision to have a home education program or a private tutoring program is a right; school district permission is not needed to commence either program, as long as the required documentation is submitted.
Home Education Programs
Home education programs (also known as homeschooling) are programs where the education of the student is directed by the parent or guardian or such person having legal custody of the child or children. Restrictions include:
• The supervisor of the home education program must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Example include such things as a diploma awarded by a home education supervisor after October 31, 2014 or a diploma awarded by an approved diploma-granting organization; successfully passing the GED tests and/or receiving a Commonwealth secondary school diploma .
• All adults living in the home and persons having legal custody of a child or children must not have been convicted of the criminal offenses itemized in within five years immediately preceding the date of the affidavit.
Standardized Tests and Sample Affidavits
Standardized tests are required of homeschooled children in grades three, five and eight without exception. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) provides a list of nationally normed standardized tests, per the law, which may be used by those who do not wish to take advantage of the free PSSA testing at their district schools . This list is available in the Home Education ProgramBasic Education Circular (BEC) on the PDE webiste: http://www.education.pa.gov/
PDE provides sample affidavits which may be used by the supervisor of the home education program for children at the elementary school level (kindergarten through sixth grade) or at the secondary school level (seventh through twelfth grade).
The sample affidavits and the list of standardized tests are available on the Home Education and Private Tutoring homepage and at the bottom of the Home Education ProgramBEC on the PA Department of Education website.
Students with Disabilities
There are additional requirements for homeschooling students who have been identified as handicapped per the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act(Public Law 91-230, 20 U.S.C. § 1401 et seq.). These are found in the Exceptional Students section.
Some organizations apply to PDE for recognition, using the Home Education Association Application for Recognition, so that they may evaluate portfolios and issue home education high school diplomas that are recognized by the state. A link to these organizations can be found under the Applications heading on the Home Education and Private Tutoring Homepage of the PDE website: http://www.education.pa.gov/
Additionally, Act 196 of 2014 provides a process for supervisor-issued high school diplomas to be recognized by the state. The diploma can be downloaded from the same homepage.
Resources For Home Education & Private Tutoring
Below are a few resources for families considering Home Education:
Please contact the Assistant Superintendent's office with any questions or concerns regarding Home Education at 717-626-3734.