If you are a homeschooler in Pennsylvania, you live in one of the only states in the country where you can graduate as a homeschooler and receive a recognized diploma. The Pennsylvania Department of Education trusts homeschool organizations to maintain the quality of the diplomas that they award. And PHAA has been fulfilling that trust since 1991.
Want an Accredited Diploma?
PHAA is one of the diploma-granting organizations, recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) to provide diplomas to graduates of Pennsylvania home education programs. When PHAA was first recognized, the PDE recognized PHAA as an accreditation agency that can accredit homeschool programs under 22 Pa Code § 121.21 which states:
(c) For purposes of the State Higher Education Grant Program, an approved secondary school shall also include any home education program that is accredited by any home schooling accreditation agency approved by the Department of Education....
Moreover, PHAA requires that its evaluators write narrative evaluation letters and attaches those evaluation letters to all of the transcripts that PHAA sends out to colleges and employers. Also PHAA requires that its students do lots of reading, writing and public speaking, insuring that they be literate and well prepared for college. As a result, PHAA has an excellent reputation with colleges and employers. No wonder PHAA graduates are sometimes given preferential treatment.
Interested in PHAA’s Diploma Program or the PA Home Education Law?
Download the free Guide to PA Homeschoolers Diploma (pdf), a 32 page booklet which explains PHAA's standards and procedures, includes copies of PHAA forms, and gives other helpful information about homeschooling. You can also download the free Guide to PA Homeschool Law (pdf), a 29 page booklet updated in November 2014 to reflect the October 2014 changes in the PA home education law.
Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities of high school at home
Every year, PHAA brings homeschoolers, parents, students and professionals together to discuss the unique challenges and opportunities of doing high school at home. Our annual High School at Home conference is for new to high school parents, experienced parents, students and evaluators. This is a can’t miss event that is held in April at the Bongiorno Conference Center in Carlisle, PA. Our keynote speaker at this year's conference will be Jennifer Campbell, a homeschool graduate from Pennsylvania who has a bachelors and masters degree from the Peabody School of Music-- she will be speaking on ways that homeschooling can help students find their passion in life. There will be five break-out sessions during the day, during each of which you will have a choice between four sessions. Mark your calendars for next year’s conference (April 16, 2018). You can register now!
Find a PHAA Evaluator
At the end of each year, PHAA evaluators meet with homeschool families to review the student’s portfolio, interview the student, and award credits by filling out and signing a PHAA transcript. Whether your student is in third grade or eighth grade, using a PHAA evaluator will help prepare you for the requirements and structure of the PHAA Diploma Program, making the transition into high school as smooth as possible. Choose an evaluator near you. PHAA evaluators have their own website.
Connect with high school homeschooled students: Join the Excelsior Staff
Join the Excelsior Staff! PHAA publishes a state-wide, student-run newsletter called the Excelsior which is edited by a different senior each year and mailed to all PHAA members. All students in the PHAA diploma program are invited to join ths staff, which has its own website. Address verification for the Excelsior is provided by smartystreets.com.
Attention Buxmont Christian Educational Institute Families
As a service to Buxmont Christian Educational Institute (BCEI) which ceased operations in June 2016, PHAA sends out transcripts for BCEI graduates. Click here to download the BCEI Transcript Request form which you can send in by mail (cost $5 per transcript) or Click here to order and pay for a "rushed" transcript online (cost $10 per transcript).