Home School Education
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. A student who is enrolled in a home school education program will not receive a Central Bucks School District diploma.
Please note: All children from the age of six (6) through the age of eighteen (18) must comply with compulsory school attendance requirements. To meet these requirements, parents must ensure that their child between the ages of 6 and 18 is attending or participating in one of the following: a public elementary, middle, or high school; a public charter or cyber-charter school; a private licensed academic or private religious school; home tutoring by a certified teacher; or an approved program of home schooling. Children may be excused from compulsory attendance for documented medical or other compelling reasons as outlined in District attendance policy and procedures.
Home Education: How to Begin
A home education program is commenced by the submission of a notarized affidavit to the or unsworn declaration to the District Office, in the student’s district of residence, by the home education supervisor (parent, guardian or person having legal custody of the child).
The affidavit covers the school year (July 1 – June 30) and must be submitted to the district no later than August 1 of each school year a child is homeschooled. The exception is the first year a student is homeschooled; that year the home education program may begin at any time, as soon as an affidavit and supporting documentation is submitted.
Documenting the Program: The Portfolio
During the school year, the supervisor maintains a portfolio of records and materials, demonstrating that an appropriate education is occurring.
Closing out the Year: the Evaluation
A written evaluation of the home education program must be submitted by the home education supervisor to the superintendent of schools in the student’s district of residence no later than June 30 for the closing school year.
The evaluation by a qualified home education evaluator is to be based on an interview of the student and a review of the portfolio; it must state whether an appropriate education has occurred for the student for the closing school year.
The above information can be found at the PA Department of Education, Home Education and Private Tutoring Website
Beginning a Home Education Program in Central Bucks:
Please submit the required documents. Once all documentation is submitted and verified, your Home Education program may begin.
1. Home Education Student Information
• Complete one copy per child Home Education Information - New Student
2. Affidavit - Home Education Program - Please have notarized before returning
• Elementary Affidavit Home Education Elementary Affidavit
• Elementary Unsworn Declaration
• Secondary Affidavit Home Education Secondary Affidavit
• Secondary Unsworn Declaration
3. Outline of Proposed School Year Objectives
4. Current Medical Records, Dental, and Immunization Records New PDE Immunization Requirements
5. Proof of Residency
6. If you are transferring, an official Letter of Transfer from your current Pennsylvania school district