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    Homeschooling 
     
    This website will link you to documentation regarding important dates, registration, services, appendices, contact information, regulations.  If you have any questions please contact the Registration office at 814-231-1017.
     
    Students that are enrolled in homeschooling either all day or part of the day (anytime during the school year) are not eligible for the State High Diploma and are not included in the consideration for awards or GPA standings such as honor roll.  District counselor's cannot act as your counselor on formal applications for colleges or scholarships, the homeschooling instructor is the student's counselor. 
     
    When home school students receive recognition for in school performance on a test or in competitions or when they receive recognition on national school performance measures they will be included in press releases.
     
     
    * Please note once you homeschool for ANY course or length of the school year you will be considered a PTNR student for the rest of the school year and will not be eligible for the following: awards, diploma, GPA and class rank during the homeschooling year. 
     
    Important Dates:
     
    January 16, 2019: Parent Night & Curriculum Showcase, 6:30pm, High School 
    February 22, 2019: Deadline for curricular and co-curricular participation
    June 28, 2019: Deadline for end of year evaluation summary - these can be e-mailed to dbr14@scasd.org
    August 6, 2019:  Deadline for materials request
     
     
    * End of year evaluation summary needs to contain the following information: student name and grade; an academic progress summary; fire safety activity statement; standardized testing statement for students in grades 3, 5, and 8; and the evaluator's "appropriate education" statement.  These can be e-mailed to dbr14@scasd.org
     
    Student Registration and Appendices
     
     
    Homeschool student enrolling as Full Time Student-  Please bring the following information to the registration office :  
     
                               1.  Student registration form can be downloaded at: Registration Form
                               2.  Student's original birth certificate or passport
                               3.  Student's immunizations
                               4.  Parent/guardian proof of residency in the school district
                                              (acceptable forms are signed lease, current utility bill, or sale of house agreement)
                               5.  Guardianship and custody papers if applicable
                               6.  Course request form for high school students only   
     
    Homeschool students enrolling as PTNR students for the first time- During the school year if your child was homeschooled and would like to participate in either curricular, co-curricular, interscholastic, intramural or activities for the upcoming school year.  The following information is required to complete registration at the Student Registration Office:
     
                               1.  Student registration form can be downloaded at: Registration Form
                               2.  Student's original birth certificate or passport
                               3.  Student's immunizations
                               4.  Parent/guardian proof of residency in the school district
                                              (acceptable forms are signed lease, current utility bill or sale of house agreement)
                               5.  Guardianship and custody papers if applicable
                               6.  The appropriate appendices below
     
    PTNR students returning as PTNR students- if your child was participating in either curricular, co-curricular, athletics or activities at the school and would like to continue for the upcoming school year, the following information is required to complete registration at the Student Registration Office:
     
                            1.  Parent/guardian proof of residency in the school district 
                                           (acceptable forms are signed lease, current utility bill or sale of house agreement) 
                                                                   This must be submitted every year, even if you didn't move.
                            2.  The appropriate appendices below 
     
    Please note- if you have signed up for courses online either through the high school or middle school and you do not complete the registration process by May 25th, your course requests will not be included in the scheduling process.
     
     
    APPENDICES:
     
    Click on the name of the Appendix to open the document.  All documents are in PDF format.  The compete homeschooling packet can be downloaded and viewed through the following link: Homeschooling Packet
     
    Appendix A- This is the affidavit required by the State College Area School District for homeschooling.  This form must be submitted to the Registration office.  Each application will require two (2) weeks for review and approval.  The Student Registration Office can notarize your affidavit for free. 
     
    Outline - Sample outline for your reference.
     
    Appendix B- As a homeschooling parent you are allowed to request materials from the school district.  Please fill out one form per child.  If you are only requesting materials you do not need to register.  Please return by August 6 to the Registration Office.
     
    Appendix C- This form is to be completed if your child wants to take courses at their neighborhood school, one form per student.  Reminder these students are considered PTNR students and must be registered with the school district.   Enrichment services, ESL and Title 1 services cannot be requested as a homeschool student.
       
    Appendix D- The form should be completed for participation in interscholastic.  Interscholastic is only available for students in grades 9-12.  This request requires specific selection of the sport(s) of interest by February 23.  Specific information about athletic options can be viewed by clicking on the following link: https://www.scasd.org/Page/3842.
     
    Appendix E- Students who would like to participate in intramural or activities need to complete this form.  Specific intramural or activities are not required but highly recommended.  Specific options and dates are available based on staffing, facilities and funds.  A complete list can be found on the district website: www.scasd.org under Activities.   
     
    Appendix F-  Course Registration Form for students in grades 9-13.  Course registration guides for the high school and Delta can be found on their school websites.  A copy of the High School Course selection guide can be picked up in the Registration Office.
     
    Appendix G- Example of the high school transcript 
     
    At the end of the year you will turn in a year end evaluation summary, to the Registraiton Office by June 30th.  This evaluation summary needs to contain the following information: student name and grade; an academic progress summary; fire safety activity statement; standardized testing statement for students in grades 3, 5, and 8; and the evaluator's "appropriate education" statement.
     
     
     
     
    Miscellaneous Information 
     
    Gifted Services - Gifted services will not be provided for homeschooled or PTNR students.
     
    Food Service- This is not a service which may be selected in advance but rather a measure to be implemented for the convenience of the homeschooler if it is judged reasonable by administration during the school year.  They will also be eligible for free and reduced lunch if they qualify.
     
    Heath Screening and Physicals- The school district will provide mandated health screenings to any school age student who is a resident of our school district regardless of enrollment status.  Home-schoolers are invited to participate in our health screenings at their neighborhood school to which they would be assigned.  For a list of the screenings please click on the following link: https://www.scasd.org/domain/104
     
    Management of Student Data- Data for homeschooled students will be maintained separate from other students.  PTNR student data will be maintained in the building they are assigned.  The following information is required for various state reports and/or to meet state regulations.
             
     
    Student Files Registration information, attendance records, grade, performance assessment records.  Health records will be maintained in the school nurse's office.  This information will be made available to the homeschool supervisor.
     
    Transcripts The State College Area School District will not provide an official transcript for homeschooled students who took courses through the school.  If you require unofficial transcript please contact your student's counseling office. Homeschoolers are encouraged to maintain a transcript similar to that used in the public school.
     
    Graduation Homeschoolers are not eligible for the State College Area School District diploma by Board policy.  Please contact the Home School Office of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (717-787-4860) on information on how to get a diploma.  The Superintendent will issue a letter upon request which acknowledges that a student has graduated.  To request a letter contact the Superintendent's office at 814-231-1016.
     
     
    Student Assessment- Please contact your child's neighborhood school and speak with administration for testing information.
     
                                   The Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) - available for grades 3-8
                                   The Pennsylvania Keystone Exam - available  for grade 11
     
    Special Education Assessment/Services- Assessments will be conducted by the school district after a written request from a homeschool supervisor and a follow up meeting with school district staff.  Dr. Sharon Salter should be contacted to make arrangements.  If services are necessary they will provided in the public school. 
     
    Student Parking-  Contact Mr. Jason Walker, Security Officer, High School North Building (231-4149).  Student parking is very limited and not guaranteed.
     
    Transportation-  Homeschooled students taking a first period class will be transported in the morning and those taking an eighth period class will be transported home.  Transportation will be provided related to all curricular and/or co-curricular activities. 
     
    Regulations
     
    The school principal and staff will be responsible for the supervision and discipline of homeschooled students while in school.  Students will be expected to follow all rules and regulations of the State College Area School District.  
     
    The following publications are available at the following links.
     
         The Elementary School Handbook: Elementary School Handbook
         Middle School Student Handbook: Middle School Handbook
         Middle School Course Selection Guide:  Middle School Course Guide
         State College Area High School Student Handbook: High School Handbook
         State College Area High School Course Selection Guide:  High School Course Guide 
         The Delta Program Handbook: Delta course/information
         
     
    Other Resources:
     "The Guide to the PA Homeschool Law" by Howard and Susan Richman.  Copies can be purchase by contacting:  PA Homeschoolers, 105 Richman Ln., Kittanning, PA  16201.  www.pahomeschoolers.com
     
     
    Contact Information
     
     
    Application/Affidavit    Deena Ryan        814-231-1017          240  Villa Crest Drive            dbr14@scasd.org
                                                                                                     State College, PA 16801           
      
    Student Services           Jeanne Knouse   814-231-1054         240 Villa Crest Drive            jmk37@scasd.org
                                                                                                      State College, PA 16801
     
    Special Education         Sharon Salter      814-231-4172         240 Villa Crest Drive            sfs14@scasd.org
                                                                                                      State College, PA 16801
     
    Interscholastic &          Chris Weakland   814-231-1143         653 Westerly Parkway         cjw11@scasd.org
    Intramural Athletics                                                                State College, PA 16801
     
     
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