Our senior class consisted of 114 students. Of that group 10 were nominated for the Palmetto Fellows Scholarship. Three more are potential Palmetto Fellows. Twenty eight other students qualified for the LIFE scholarship. Some of the families have been with us since PHEA began back in 1997 and graduated their child from their home school.
GREAT JOB ONE AND ALL!
Am I the only one wondering where this year went to!?! It seems we started just a blink ago and here it is May already. The new registration forms for the 2013-2014 are now available. Every year we have some confusion during the change over time with folks downloading the wrong forms. To prevent this, I have removed the forms for the 2012-2013 year. If you find yourself in an emergency situation and need to register for 2012-2013, we will gladly help you. Please call or email and let us know what you need and we will get you the correct forms.
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 also 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 are offering expanded services for high school students. We will no longer charge for transcripts. For students in ninth grade and above we will give you up to five free transcripts per student each year. The renewal forms include a form to submit the grades. You may also download the form, fill it out and submit it via email. If you submit your student's grades online you will receive $5 off your registration for each student.
Please remember to also submit your high school student's standardized test scores with your application. See below for more information on this.
We no longer offer a print or email version of the newsletter. Instead the PHEA Digest has become a free blog which will 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 are also on Facebook and Twitter. If you would like to follow us see the blog post here (http://pheadigest.blogspot.com/2012/07/twenty-first-century.html
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!
Some of you have asked about the transcripts we are making from the information you sent in when you registered. We have over 450 that we are making. We began with the seniors as we had to do the class ranking based on their junior year grades for the South Carolina state scholarships. We have nearly finished the juniors' transcripts and have started one group working on the sophomores' and one on the freshmen's transcripts. We plan to have them done before the end of May as we will need to do the seniors final class ranking by mid-June. If you need your transcript sooner than May, please email the PHEA transcript box (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know. Thank you for your patience with us. We hope that this will be the only year that it will take this long as we are building the database this year and will only have to input one year's grades for most of the students next year.
UPDATE on June 12
Another Palmetto Fellows Scholarship submission is on its way. We have completed all the senior transcripts that were turned in. We are now polishing them up (adding the class rank to each one and finalizing the forms) We plan to start mailing these this week. We should be finished by the end of next week. We will then begin work on the the rest of the classes. Our plan is to update the transcripts as they come in. In order to put the class rank on them, we need to have received the past year's grades for the whole class. Most families are sending them in with their applications. We expect to have the junior class ranking done in October. We will send the transcripts with rankings on them at that time. If you need yours sooner (for early decision college applications) please let us know. We can send you copies without the ranking at any point. We do ask that you give us one week's notice to get them mailed out to you. Various people work on them and usually only come into the office once a week.
PHEA requires standardized testing for students in high school. (We do not require testing for special needs students.) 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 try this
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