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Understanding Homeschooling in Philadelphia

Homeschooling is an option for families in Philadelphia who prefer to educate their teens at home. Pennsylvania law sets the academic requirements for homeschooled students in high school, and education must be provided until students reach the age of 17. Required courses include traditional academic subjects as well as music, art and physical education.

A family can request academic materials from the school district, which is required to lend textbooks and other necessary materials. The school district also reviews the student’s academic portfolio — including reading materials, writing samples and worksheets — every year.

Under Pennsylvania law, homeschooled students are allowed to participate in extracurricular activities at their neighborhood public school. These activities include sports, drama, music and clubs.

 

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Detailed information about homeschooling in Philadelphia is available at the following links:

If you have other questions, contact Suzanne Tallman, Pennsylvania Department of Education, 717-214-8212, RA-home-education@pa.gov.