The school district of residence does not issue a diploma to a child who successfully completes a home education program. However, there are several ways for a child who is home-schooled to receive a diploma:
- A student can fulfill the necessary requirements of a homeschooling organization to receive a home-school diploma. Homeschooling organizations can be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to issue home-school diplomas. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) is one such organization that issues home-school diplomas. (More information about PHAA can be found at www.pahomeschoolers.com);
- A student can successfully complete the GED test and receive a Commonwealth Secondary Diploma; or
- A student can successfully complete 1 year or 30 semester hours at an accredited post-secondary institution and submit that information to the PA Department of Education and receive a Commonwealth Secondary Diploma.
For more information, call the Office of Counseling and Promotional Standards at 215-400-4810.