Evaluations are conducted in the spring through late June.
Typically evaluations are conducted in our Schooling for You office at Mending Roots Wellness Center, 2138 Market Street, Camp Hill, P.A. Evaluations are available at other locations and even in private homes upon request. Keep in mind that home visit evaluations incur additional costs for time and travel. Evaluations are also available through skype, facetime or e-mail. Evaluations are meant to serve you and your child. Please dress comfortably. Remind your child to relax and not worry. We will never quiz your child. Our goal is to support your family in your homeschooling path and help you reach your goals while following each state's requirements. We are here to support you and your child and serve as witness to the learning that has occurred.
PA Law; "The evaluation shall ... be based on an interview of the child and a review of the portfolio … and shall certify whether or not an appropriate education is occurring." ""Appropriate education" shall mean a program consisting of instruction in the required subjects for the time required in this act and in which the student demonstrates sustained progress in the overall program."
Please visit schoolingforyou.youcanbook.me to schedule your evaluation. At this time Julie Niblett BA. Ed (on Fridays) and Brook Euler MA. Ed are conducting all homeschool evaluations.
Your portfolio and anything else that you choose to share during the appointment, will be important tools used to paint a picture and serve as documentation of your year. You may present your idea of the portfolio in whichever methods suites your style of homeschooling. A portfolio can come to us in the form of a few pages of papers or a huge binder full of work or in a blog or in a video presentation etc. As long as you demonstrate the requirements, it's your choice how you present a "portfolio".
- A portfolio demonstrates appropriate education; such as a calendar/log/statement with days marked of schooling (180 days or 900/990 hours) the required subjects (see detail below), and sustained progress.
- The portfolio should contain a log (which designates the reading materials you used), samples of the student's work/progress/activities/lessons/adventures and standardized testing results (if it's a testing year-grades 3, 5, 8).
- We will ask you if you taught fire safety (which is a required subject for PA homeschoolers)
Prepare your portfolio prior to your appointment and complete your standardized testing, Many families choose to use Christian Liberty.com's online CAT for testing. Portfolios are meant so demonstrate that sustained learning has occurred and to provide samples and evidence of that. Please bring whatever format is needed to present the portfolio. Just as every person is different and has different interests, so are portfolios. Students and families should feel comfortable expressing their evidence of sustained learning how they choose.
Please arrive promptly for your appointment. Mending Roots Wellness has plenty of parking in the back and has a back entrance. Please be mindful when you arrive to use quiet foot steps and soft inside voices as many pratictioners work in Mending Roots Wellness. The back entrance has a small family waiting area with a few childrens books. Up front is another waiting area that is slightly bigger but is considered a quiet waiting area. Payment is due at the end of the evaluation. We are Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency authorized evaluators for those students who are in their diploma program.
We offer several types of evaluations with varying degrees of detail and cost. She is also an avid supporter of various homeschooling styles so that each family can homeschool in the method that works best for each child. For more information about Brook please read the interview with HAHA.
Typical Evaluations Styles
Short Letter ~The Short Letter is especially appropriate for children in grades 1-8 (or for grades 9-12 who are not seeking specific credits on their evaluation). The Short letter looks a little like a checklist and meets the letter of the law. Our meetings can take between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the flow of conversation. This meeting is a service for you and your child. You should feel comfortable and know that she is there to support you on your journey.
Detailed Letter ~ The Detailed letter evaluation is a Short letter evaluation with added detail. The intention is to give the reader a deeper breath of the child’s year as a whole. Such as unique academic pursuits, skills, craftsmanship, internships, workshops and or a brief description of each subject. When filling out the worksheet with your child, talk about what you might want your evaluation to say about you. Ask them; if this single document were too sum up your year, what do you want it to say?" What is important to you? Some families want specifics about classes and courses while others want a more rounded look at the year. These general evaluations take approximately 1 hour.
Short letter with specific Course Credit~Generally used by high schoolers, includes subjects with credits earned. This type of an evaluation is acceptable for parent issued diplomas and all homeschool diploma programs except PHAA.
Long letter - Short letter with Course Credit and Detail~This Long letter is geared toward students wishing to pursue college and or other life pursuits that would benefit from both course credit and detail. Mostly used by students in high school.
Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency Evaluation (PHAA)~Student should have completed the years program and bring related supporting materials and documentation to the evaluation. These typically take 30 mins to an hour.
Required subjects; Elementary school – Grades 1-6
"At the elementary school level, the following courses shall be taught: English, to include spelling, reading and writing; arithmetic; science; geography; history of the United States and Pennsylvania; civics; safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires; health and physiology; physical education; music; and art."
Secondary school – Grades 7-12
"At the secondary school level, the following courses shall be taught: English, to include language, literature, speech and composition; science; geography; social studies, to include civics, world history, history of the United States and Pennsylvania; mathematics, to include general mathematics, algebra and geometry; art; music; physical education; health; and safety education, including regular and continuous instruction in the dangers and prevention of fires. Such courses of study may include, at the discretion of the supervisor of the home education program, economics; biology; chemistry; foreign languages; trigonometry; or other age-appropriate courses as contained in Chapter 5 (Curriculum Requirements) of the State Board of Education."
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