This has been an interesting week in the PHEA office . . . one where someone is asking the question, "Why does it matter?" while someone else is experiencing the pain of finding out the hard way that it really did matter. What is 'it' you ask? RECORDS. Records, and more specifically turning them in to PHEA.
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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 ACTof 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 PHEA had 10 seniors who qualified for this scholarship; four of them with the higher test scores. One student has a perfect 800 on her critical reading SAT score. Two others are also in the running for the prestigious National Merit Scholarship. Congratulation to Hannah, Daniel B., Hudson, Daniel G., Scot, Alex, Katherine, Haley, Johanna and Amalie!
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. We are also on Facebook and Twitter. 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. We are excited about the changes we've made this year and we anticipate that they will help us provide you will even better service in the years to come! 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.
Update March 5, 2014
The end of January date was overly ambitious! Martha has just finished the juniors' transcripts. We will be mailing them next week. The sophomores are in process and it will probably be mid April before they are done. If you need a transcript before that, please email the PHEA transcript box (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know. We will get it out to you.
We are asking the seniors to please update us with the classes they are currently taking and any extra curricular activities that need to be added for this year. We would like to put them on the transcripts now so that at the end of the year we only have to put in the grades. This will allow us to do the final class ranking in a couple of days rather than a couple of weeks. Remember we need the final senior grades by June 1st. If this will be a problem, please let us know so we can work something out with you.
Update January 7, 2014We got off to a great start finishing and mailing the senior transcript in October. In October however, Martha's Dad suffered a compression fracture that lead to a myriad of health issues which required her to be with him daily for the next two months. She is now back at work and beginning the checking of the junior transcripts. This has put us a couple of months behind schedule and we apologize for this. We are hoping to have them done and mailed to the parents by the end of January and will then begin the sophomores and freshmen. If you need a copy of your student's transcript before we mail it to you please email your request and we will get it out to you. It takes a couple of days to process the requests so try to give us a week (including mailing time).
PHEA requires standardized testing for students in high school. (We do not require testing for special needs students.) This applies to student 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 SAT or ACT scores 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
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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