Please take some time to look over our site. In our forms section you can find all the forms you need to register, re-register, and apply for a transcript or diploma.
We've expanded the Getting Started section to include more information to help you get started homeschooling quickly. We've reworked the High School section to provide more information on what courses your student needs to take and all the things your student will need to graduate. We've also included a handy option for you to submit your high schooler's grades by email.We now have a free blog which allows us to offer more timely updates about field trips and other opportunities for your family as well as more thought-provoking articles. Be sure to follow our blog so that you will receive an email each time we add something new. We would love to see you interacting with each other and us by leaving comments in the comment section. If you would like to follow us see the blog post .
In addition, we now email some of the opportunities in order to get the information to you in a timely fashion. We enter all the emails into this service (which we manage). If you find you do not want this email, simply use the unsubscribe button at the bottom of the form.
The PHEA staff has been working hard to make our services as helpful to you as possible. If there is something you would like to see on the website or a question you would like answered on the blog, please let us know.
Here we are at the end of the school year once again. Every year I think, "Where did the time go?" This year, the answer was very different from years past. Some of you probably noticed the abrupt end to the blog posts last fall. Our blogger (my daughter) who has faithfully written and posted weekly blogs for us, welcomed a delightful little girl into the family. With an older sister and brother who are being home schooled, her hands were more than full. Five weeks later our son and daughter-in-law welcomed their first child - also a daughter. For us, this has been a delightful interruption to the normal routine. The second grand-daughter has food sensitivities that have made sleeping for any stretch of time a challenge. Most of us remember the utter exhaustion of those early days with a newborn. This has stretched out to five months now of little sleep for all three of them. Both grandmas have been helping out a couple of mornings a week to try to give the new family as much rest as is possible. When I look back at this year and ponder where the time went, I see many mornings rocking a precious grand-daughter to sleep hoping her mom is also getting a couple of extra hours of rest. This is time I would not trade for anything. However, it is time that would normally be used for my work with PHEA.
Unfortunately we did not have anyone else with the time and interest to fill with the blog and it has languished. We believe we have a new blogger ready to begin sometime this summer. We also hope to send weekly or biweekly emails that let you know what opportunities are available to you. We think an easier format and a shorter time between emails will let us keep you up to date better.
The other area where we have fallen behind is the transcripts. The senior class transcripts are ready to add final grades to in the next few weeks. Nanette has made all the junior class transcripts and I am working my way through checking them. For the rest of the high schoolers (graduating in 2017 or beyond), Nanette has made most of them but I have only checked a handful. I think we will need to send them to the parents without the second check and ask them to review them carefully and send any corrections on this year's class ranking forms. The new applications are going in the mail May 1st. I hope to have the transcripts printed and mailed (or emailed) to you by the end of May. If you need a transcript sooner for any reason, please email the PHEA transcript box - we can often email or mail it to you the same day. I am sorry to not have sent them out sooner. As home schoolers, I know you understand why my priority has been to help my family.
PHEA requires standardized testing for students in high school. (We do not require testing for special needs students.) This applies to students in 9th -11th grade. Twelfth graders only need to take the testing if we have no previous test scores or you want your student to try to improve their scores. The parents may choose any of the national tests (eg: Stanford, Iowa, SAT, ACT) to meet this requirement. We no longer offer testing as BJU Press has opened a test center that provides more services at a lower cost than we are able to. We strongly recommend that your student take the PSAT in 9th or 10th grade. The 11th grade PSAT is the qualifier test for the National Merit Scholarship. We encourage you to have your student take the SAT or ACT in their junior and senior year. If the parent feels that the junior year SAT or ACT scores are adequate, they may waive testing during the senior year. We MUST have an SAT or ACT score from previous years in order to waive the senior year testing.
PLEASE USE PHEA'S CODE (410293) WHEN REGISTERING FOR THE PSAT, SAT OR ACT. This is the high school code - do not use the generic home school code they may give you. If your student qualifies for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship, the Commission on Higher Education requires us to send an official high school score report - not the student report the family receives. If you use our code, we automatically receive this score report. If you do not use the code and have to request a copy be sent to us, they will charge you a fee to do so.
Twice during the year we have the privilege of nominating seniors who are at the top of their class for the state's Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. The December nomination is for any senior who meets the PFS requirements during their sophomore or junior year. They must be in the top 6% of their class and earn either an SAT score of 1200 or above (combined math and critical reading scores) or an ACT of 27. Alternately, if they earn a 1400 or above on the SAT or a 32 or above on the ACT they qualify regardless of their position in the class rank.For the 2014-2015 school year, we had 10 students qualify during the early submission. We have four more to nominate this spring and several potential scholars. Our senior class size is 127 so over 10% of our class qualified for this scholarship.
Every year we help current students with their transcripts. We also receive numerous requests through the year for copies of transcripts from students who graduated in years past - sometime ten years past! When we receive one of those requests, we hold our breath as we look in the files to see if the parents turned in final grades or a transcript for their student. Sometime they did, sometimes they didn't. We always breathe a sigh of relief when there is a transcript there that we can copy and send out to the student. For quite a few families, the parents do not see the need to turn in final grades or have a transcript as their student has no intention of going to college. While we understand that not every student will go on to college, we also know that for a number of those students, a few years in the working world gives them a desire to go to college and get a degree. When they come back to us to get a copy of the transcript, it is heartbreaking to have to tell them that we do not have what they need. Often he parents have not kept the records and there is no way to recreate what the student did for high school. We know filling out the class ranking form is frustrating and often does not seem to have any value. Please do it anyway - one day your child may thank you for helping them be prepared for an unexpected avenue in their life.
If you are looking for Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA) try this weblink: http://www.pheaa.org
This is the website for the college loan program that is often confused with PHEA.
If you are a PHEA high school student looking for scholarship information, please go here: High School Information
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