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.
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 email.
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.
It is summertime and we hope you all are enjoying special family times during these months. We returned from our various vacations/activities to an email from the SC Department of Education (DOE) stating that they believe that PHEA is not in compliance with state law and that they were removing us from their website. There has been a great deal of activity on this. The end result is that the DOE has reviewed our status and put us back on the list on their website. This confirms what we knew all along - that PHEA has complied with the state law and maintains our status as a Third Option Group. Keeping calm; carrying on.
The next few months are the busiest time of year for us. During this time, we are getting transcripts ready for students who want to take dual credit classes in the fall, are applying to colleges or are participating in a school sport. We are processing these as quickly as possible. We generally request notice of two weeks to complete a transcript. If you know you will need a transcript, please give us as much notice as possible and note on the subject line of the email that it is a request for a transcript. Also let us know the date you need it by and we will do our best to help you. Thank you so much for your help in this. Also based on the changes discussed below we have updated our transcript form and are moving all our current transcripts (about 400 of them!) to the new forms.
Please call or email us if you have any questions or needs. We are glad to be able to serve you once again.
There have been two major changes in areas that affect home schoolers.
1) The South Carolina State Department of Education (SC DOE) has decided that the SC Uniform Grading Scale will change to a ten point scale beginning this fall. This means that the grade range will be A = 90-100, B = 80-89, C = 70-79 and so on. This ill affect the GPAs of all high schoolers. The current GPA will not be changed but the new grades being added in will be weighted differently. To read more about this change: Memo - Implementation of a 10-Point Grading Scale.pdf
2) The College Board has updated the SAT test. The first new test was given this spring in March. Because the change in the test was significant, the College Board has recommended that each organization that sets policy should issue a statement about how they will allow test scores to be combined. The SC DOE has issued a statement covering combing scores for the state scholarships. Essentially, students in the graduating class of 2017 may combine a score from the older test with a score from the newer test in order to achieve the test score requirement for the scholarships. Students in all other classes are REQUIRED to use scores from the NEW test. This means if you have a student who will graduate in 2018 or later and they already have qualifying scores, these scores will not be admissible for the scholarship submission. The student must retake the test. Read the SC DOE memo here. SATSuperScoreMay2016.pdf
3) Due to these two changes, the Commission on Higher Education is reviewing the qualifications for the state scholarships. No changes have bee made yet. We will post updates when available.
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, ACTor for AP exams. 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.This year, we were able to nominate fourteen students in the Fall submission - that is 10% of the class. We nominated three more students this spring. One definitely received it while the other two are awaiting June test scores to see if they qualified.
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 the 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 time consuming and may not seem to have any value. Please do it anyway - you spent so much time on their education; don't skip the last step. You will be helping them be prepared for any 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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