Pennsylvania Homeschooling Requirements

Pennsylvania

Enlightium Academy is an approved private Christian school that is accredited by Cognia and the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) that has served homeschool, online, and co-op school students in K-12 since 2003. As K-12 education policies are different in each state, it is a parental responsibility to check on their state’s homeschool requirements and fulfill them as applicable. To assist parents with this process, Enlightium provides basic information about each state’s requirements. Parents are also encouraged to review their state’s requirements at hslda.org/legal and the Pennsylvania Department of Education, as educational policies are subject to change over time.

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states and Washington D.C.; however, with a freedom to educational opportunities comes a responsibility to understand and fulfill legal requirements. This can be worrisome, yet you’re not alone in this endeavor. Enlightium Academy is here to help!

Please, note that the resources below serve as a starting point for your family; it is important that you research Pennsylvania homeschooling requirements.

Pennsylvania’s Homeschooling Requirements at a Glance

 

Homeschooling Options

Option 4: Enrolling your child in a satellite of an accredited day or boarding school

Does the parent need to notify the state?

Yes

Academic Calendar Requirement

Yes

Reporting Age Requirement

6

Instructor Qualifications

No

Required Subjects

Yes

Standardardized Assessment

No

Immunization Requirement

Yes 

Keep a Portfolio

Yes

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Pennsylvania Families

Yes

Homeschooling Options

There are four homeschooling options in Pennsylvania. Families with students enrolled at Enlightium Academy can choose Option 4: Enrolling your child in a satellite of an accredited day or boarding school as your “home” would be considered a satellite school of Enlightium Academy’s day school

Enlightium Academy has dual accreditation which allows it to have students in all 50 states who receive an accredited education working toward a high school diploma that is recognized nationwide. The below guidelines are based on option 4.

Immunization Requirement

Immunization is required in the state of Pennsylvania therefore, parents are required to keep their children’s immunization records or exemptions for medical or religious reasons. Enlightium Academy does not require student immunization as we serve homeschool students. You may find the Pennsylvania state exemption form here.

Age Requirement

Ages five or younger:

Students are not required to attend school, but can enroll in primary school at Enlightium Academy to have a head start and be ready for Kindergarten.

Aged six on or before September 1:

They must attend school during that academic year; this includes homeschooling with Enlightium Academy. Students must continue their education at a school of their parents’ choice until they turn 18 years old or graduate.

Instructor Qualifications

Under option 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Education Pennsylvania does not require homeschool students to have teachers with specific credentials or qualifications. 

As a part of Enlightium Academy’s dual accreditation, Enlightium teachers are state and/or ACSI certified. A number of our faculty members have Masters and Doctorate degrees in their fields. The teacher-led support packages are available for students in grades 3-12. Learn more at our Teachers page

Enlightium Academy also offers parent-led options for grades PreK-2 and for students in grades 3-10 Bronze support package. Under the parent-led option, parents act as teachers while Enlightium Academy provides grading and guidance support. 

Required Subjects

The Pennsylvania Department of Education does not require any specific courses.

After you enroll/re-enroll and before your student starts courses at Enlightium Academy, your student’s counselor will send you an email with a recommended course schedule consisting of core courses and, if applicable, courses that fulfill Enlightium’s graduation requirements. Your student can also select from Enlightium’s elective courses.

Standardized Assessment

Under option 4, the Pennsylvania Department of Education does not require a standardized test for homeschooled students. However, Enlightium provides multiple assessment options to help you see how your student is progressing per given grade level:

Keep a portfolio

The following are required for your portfolio:

  • A log of work - This can be fulfilled with progress reports (sent most weeks of the school year by Enlightium’s Progress Department) and supply lists to show material read.
  • Curriculum samples - Enlightium provides its families with both curriculum overviews by grade level and samples by course. Additionally, your student can take screenshots of assignments.
  • Standardized assessment for students in grades 3, 5, and 8 - This includes the Iowa Complete standardized assessmentt.

You may need to provide your state with additional information, so keep a digital record every year you are enrolled at Enlightium Academy and include:

  • Attendance - Enlightium provides your family with weekly progress reports. You can screenshot the details in these emails to show attendance.
  • Grades - Enlightium provides report cards for all students after quarters 1 and 3 and report cards/transcripts at the end of semesters 1 and 2.
  • Academic plans - Enlightium Academy counselors provide them during the registration process - Primary School (PreK-2), Elementary (3-5), Middle School (6-8), and High School (9-12).
  • Test scores - This can include occasional screenshots of test scores and/or standardized assessment scores.
  • Academic Awards - Enlightium provides qualifying students with certificates for Honor Roll, Scholar’s List, Dean’s List, and the Presidential Award.
  • Social/Competition Achievements - Enlightium holds social events and competitions throughout the school year, such as art competitions and spelling bees.

Enlightium Parents App with Group for Pennsylvania Families

Enlightium Academy has an app and desktop platform for families of currently enrolled students. Within this app is a group just for families living in Pennsylvania to inform and support each other in fulfilling your state’s homeschooling requirements. 

Your family will be automatically added to this group upon enrolling at Enlightium and downloading the Enlightium Parents app (which is provided upon enrollment).

Ready to Enroll at Enlightium Academy?

  1. Explore Enlightium Academy’s website or watch this video about online homeschooling.
  2. If you have any questions:
    1. Chat with a team member
    2. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    3. Call (866) 488-4818 option 2
  3. Ready to enroll? Click here to start the enrollment process and select the blue button near the top of the page.

Enlightium Academy is a private Christian online school that serves homeschooling families by offering a Bible-based, flexible, accredited, teacher supported, and affordable education from the comfort of your home. For any other questions about Enlightium, please call (866) 488-4818, or visit EnlightiumAcademy.com.

We review state requirements and regulations annually however each state may update their guidelines more frequently. If you have additional questions please contact your state board of education.

Sources reviewed in March 2022:

Idaho Homeschooling Requirements
Minnesota Homeschooling Requirements