Home Education

Home Education

Annual homeschool evaluations and required evaluator's certifications waived for the 2019-20 school year.

Act 13 of 2020 waives the annual evaluation and required evaluator certifications for homeschool students for the 2019-20 school year. Act 13 specifically waives the following requirements:

  • An annual written evaluation of the student's educational progress as determined by a licensed clinical or school psychologist or a teacher certified by the Commonwealth or by a nonpublic school teacher or administrator (24 P.S. § 1327.1 (e)(2)); and
  • An evaluator's certification stating that an appropriate education is occurring for the school year under review shall be provided by the homeschool supervisor to the superintendent of the public school district of residence by June 30 of each year (24 P.S. § 1327.1 (h.1)).

PDE amended compulsory age requirements for the 2020-21 school year. 

Act 16 of 2019 redefines the definition of compulsory school as "the period of a child's life from the time the child's parents elect to have the child enter school and which shall be no later than 6 years of age until the child reaches 18 years of age. The term does not include a child who holds a certificate of graduation from a regularly accredited, licensed, registered or approved high school."  (24 P.S. § 1326.)

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The Carlisle Area School District respects the rights of parents to educate their children in the home. The school district follows all of the legal requirements for educating children in the home. The following information provides a brief overview of these legal requirements. Please refer to the PA Department of Education (PDE) for further clarification.

• A notarized affidavit must be accompanied by the immunization records, medical records and outline of proposed education objective by subject area covering all mandatory subjects.

• The required home education affidavit covers the school year July 1 – June 30 and must be submitted to the superintendent’s office no later than August 1 of each school year a child is home schooled.

• Requirements for immunization and medical records may be satisfied by submitting (1) the actual records, (2) a letter from the doctor stating legal requirements have been fulfilled or there exists a medical condition that prevents immunization or (3) a letter stating that the parent has a religious objection to either the immunization and/or medical examinations.

• The home education supervisor must maintain a portfolio of the child's work documenting compulsory attendance and that the child is receiving the appropriate education. Compulsory attendance applies to students from age 6 through the age of 18. Standardized testing is required in grades 3, 5 and 8. The portfolio must include these test results. Students may take the PSSA or Keystone Exams at their school district without cost or parents may pay for an alternative test and its administration. Portfolios must be evaluated by a qualified evaluator at the parents’ expense.

• The law defines five ways to qualify as a home education evaluator. The Carlisle Area School District will request that evaluators provide proper evidence of their qualifications.
1. PA certified teachers (must submit PPID)
2. School Psychologists (must submit PPID)
3. Licensed clinical psychologists (must submit license number)
4. Non-public teachers (must provide their place of employment, subjects/grades taught, years taught and contact information of the school in which they worked)
5. Administrators (must provide their place of employment, subjects/grades taught, years taught and contact information of the school in which they worked)

• Home education evaluations must be submitted to the superintendent’s office no later than June 30 of each school year for all home schooled students.

• Home education supervisors may request to borrow copies of textbooks and other curriculum materials appropriate to the student’s age and grade level from the school district at no charge. These items are to be returned in like condition at the conclusion of the school year when the evaluation is submitted.

• Questions related to homeschooling may be directed to the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. Telephone 717-240-6800 x16806 or email Mr. Michael Gogoj at gogojm@carlisleschools.org.  

• The Carlisle Area School District Administration Offices are located at 623 West Penn Street, Carlisle, PA 17013. Our mailing address is 540 West North Street, Carlisle, PA 17013.