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Subjects and Objectives Required by Law

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The Pennsylvania Homeschool Provisions Act 169 requires an outline of “proposed educational objectives” to be filed each year, for each student. A long, specific list of everything you plan to teach that year is NOT required.  Simply listing 1-3 general objectives for each subject will suffice, and the objectives do not necessarily have to change each year.

Below is a list of the subjects required by law to be taught each year, and a link to sample objectives.

Please note that the school district cannot prevent you from homeschooling based on your objectives. They can make you redo them if they are not in objective form, and the law states that you must submit objectives to the school district. This was a compromise between the PDE and the homeschoolers in 1988. The PDE was proposed to require objectives of homeschoolers. However, homeschoolers were concerned that a school district superintendent would decide that the objectives were invalid if parents used religious material or “non-school” methodology. The result was a compromise: Homeschoolers would be required to have objectives, to assure the school districts that the parents had a “goal”, but those objectives cannot not be used to discern if a family is out of compliance with the home education law.

REQUIRED SUBJECTS:

At the Elementary level (K – 6th) the subjects required by law are:

English, including Spelling, Reading, Writing
Arithmetic
Science
Geography
History of the United States and Pennsylvania
Civics
Safety Education, including dangers and prevention of fires
Health and Physiology
Physical Education
Music
Art

Printable Elementary Objectives for the School District

At the Secondary level (7th – 12th) the subjects required by law are:

English, including Language, Literature, Speech, Composition
Science
Geography
Social Studies, including Civics, World History, History of the United States and Pennsylvania
Mathematics, including General Mathematics, Algebra, Geometry
Art
Music
Physical Education
Health
Safety Education, including dangers and prevention of fires

Optional Secondary Subjects:

Economics
Biology
Chemistry
Foreign Languages
Trigonometry

Printable Secondary Objectives for the School District

 


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