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1/5/14 3:42 P

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I'm in PA. I don't know much about cyber schools I know they are like public school at home and so take care of requirements. Some reimburse you for expenses too. I can think of at least 4 in pa or at least my part of pa. You do have to cover fire safety each year and have all basics covered included physical education and health. You are required to do standard testing in grades 3,5,8 and there is also certain grades where dr and dentist visits are required. You can opt out of those by filling out a form. There a bunch other stuff but I'm on my phone. If you have other questions just ask



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RUNNINGOMA, small world, huh? emoticon

Chrissy, I don't know a lot about the different cyberschools available, since I've only done the traditional homeschooling, but yes, what you described sounds familiar. If your children cyberschool, then they're technically enrolled in a school, so the school is who would deal with all the legalities.

You are correct about the 8 year old rule. The law states that you must teach PA history, but it doesn't state that it needs to be taught every year. From friends I have in the eastern part of the state I've heard that districts there require it, though I don't believe they have a legal right to do so. The best way to figure all this out is to read the law for yourself, and talk with others who have done this before. There are 2 website that I love to refer to:

http://home.comcast.net/~askpauline/inde
x.html This lady has sooooo much information, including a link to the hs law so you can read it for yourself, and lots of handy forms you can use to print an affidavit (stating your intent to homeschool that you will have to have notarized- you can have this done for free at the courthouse), educational objectives, etc. This is my favorite hs website!

http://www.pahomeschoolers.com/ This couple has been homeschooling in PA for years, offers the required standardized testing (grades 3, 5 and 8), provides a message board for Q&As, etc. I've met them a few times when my kids did testing with them, and they're very nice and eager to help others.

I think connecting with local support groups is a smart idea. This will give you practical advice about the district you're moving into (like how easy they are to deal with). It sounds like you're off to a good start!

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I haven't homeschooled there in years, but we had to at that time submit our high school diploma (copy) and an educational plan (what we planned on teaching.) Then it had to be approved. We were given a letter saying that we were approved to home school. Then we had to put together a portfolio at the end of the year to turn it, along with our child being evaluated by a certified teacher for the grade of the child. She would write her evaluation that we would include with the portfolio. And, like you mentioned, they had to cover Pennsylvania history yearly. I think there might have been other things like fire safety, but I can't remember. If everything was in order, the school district would send us a letter saying we could pick up the portfolio and that we were approved to school again the following year.

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Thank you ladies for responding!

What versions of cyberschooling are there? Would that be the k12 program or online public school?

I know in MA we have to submit a somewhat detailed outline of our plan and it gets approved by the school district, which we did this year.

I heard from some others you don't need to submit anything until they are 8 years old if they don't live in Philly, which has the 6yrs old policy like Massachusetts does.

I have found a couple support groups in the area, and have contacted them. I know the only thing that stood out different from MA regulations was that you need to incorporate PA history with all schooling, which sounded funny, but an obvious kind of thing. LOL

Are there any quirky regulations I might be missing if I were to go the traditional route?

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Yen - didn't know you were in PA. We lived near Philly for 10 years. That is where I began to homeschool my kids as well. So, yeah, I know about the regulations.

Chrissy - I think the people that I would know are also a bit far from you. There are likely homeschool organizations there though, so you might want to google it or check with HSLD to see if they can connect you.

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I live in PA, but I'm closer to the Erie area. Do you need help with figuring out homeschool law here? PA is one of the states with a lot of regulations. If you do traditional homeschooling, you'll need to deal with that, but if you do cyberschooling or have your children enrolled in a homeschool program, then you can skip all the legal paperwork.

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Hi Everyone!

So sorry I dropped off the planet after Thanksgiving. I know, no excuses, but I've been offline this last month due mainly to the research and work going into our moving to Pennsylvania in February.

We're still ironing out details, waiting to hear if we get an apartment we applied for, but we will be going, one way or another.

I thought I'd check out our group here to see if we might be moving to an area there might be some other homeschoolers that I could possibly connect with. We don't know anyone there, after being born and raised here in Massachusetts. We're leaving family and friends, church family, everything, and would love to know if anyone might also be there locally or know someone we might be able to connect with when we move?

We are moving to the Williamsport area, and some surrounding towns are Montoursville, Muncy, Linden, Montgomery...I know there are others, but I can't remember the other townships and such nearby. LOL Still getting to know the landscape from afar.

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy Christmas and New Year's! We're doing good up here, with 24 inches of snow in yesterday and today's snowstorm! The kids were in their glory and my husband got a day off of work, which is unheard of in northeastern Massachusetts! They rarely cancel work for snow, so it was a treat having him home with us!

Happy 2014 Everyone!

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