Home Education Program Statistics(SY 2014-2018) Compiled by: Thomas J. Dubbs, BEAII School Services Office July 31, 2019
Home Education and Private Tutoring Home education and private tutoring are rights. The decision to have a home education program (22 Pa. Code § 11.31a) or a private tutoring program (22 Pa. Code § 11.31(b)(1)) is a right; school district approval is not required to commence either program, as long as the required documentation is submitted to the local school district.
Home Education and Private Tutoring Homeschooling is a program where the education of the student is directed by the parent, guardian or such person having legal custody (“the home school supervisor”) of the child or children. Private tutoring programs are for families that are interested in hiring a private tutor (PA certified teacher), rather than having a parent-directed education for their children to satisfy compulsory education requirements. A parent or guardian may act as a private tutor for their own children as long as the documentation and teacher certification requirements are met. School districts are responsible for tracking the educational progress of home schooled and privately tutored students and must provide data to PA Department of Education (PDE) annually. The statistics provided here summarize the data for all reporting districts for the 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17, and 2017-18 school years.
Home School Student Enrollment School districts report the number of home school students between the ages of 5 and 21 on an annual basis.
Privately Tutored Student Enrollment School districts report on the number of privately tutored students between the ages of 5 and 21 on an annual basis.
Total Enrollment of Public School Students - Ages 5-21 This chart depicts the percentage of home educated students (home school and privately tutored students) as part of total public school enrollment.
School District Sponsored Cyber Programs An increasing number of school districts have been offering cyber programs so that students can complete online courses from home or other locations. The students are enrolled in the district, rather than opting for home schooling, private tutoring, or other educational options. (This chart depicts the percentage of responding school districts that offer at least one grade of curriculum as a cyber program)
Contact/Mission For more information on home education and private tutoring programs, including more data on home education students by county and by district, please visit PDE’s website at www.education.pa.gov. The mission of the Department of Education is to ensure that every learner has access to a world-class education system that academically prepares children and adults to succeed as productive citizens. Further, the Department seeks to establish a culture that is committed to improving opportunities throughout the commonwealth by ensuring that technical support, resources, and optimal learning environments are available for all students, whether children or adults.