Tuition and Fees
Application fee: $50 per student to reserve the student’s spot for the upcoming school year. This fee is non-refundable.
Books and Materials: This fee depends on the level of the student and what cluster is being taken. The exact fee will be determined after placement testing and cluster selection. Every effort will be made to make this fee as affordable as possible. Books and materials for both clusters will range from $300 to $500 per year. This covers all books and learning materials. The students will be expected to bring basic personal school supplies. (Please see the school handbook for the supply list.)
Tuition: In an effort to keep tuition affordable, fundraising efforts are made through blog advertising, donations, and other fundraising sources. Students will never be asked to sell fundraising items. If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation or you are experiencing financial hardship, please contact the education director.
|Cluster 2021-2022 School Year||Fee Per School Year|
|Academic and Elective Cluster||$1925|
* If you are unable to meet the volunteer commitment either through home activities, after-hours jobs, or in-classroom volunteering, you may buy-out the volunteer time at a rate of $60 per day.
Becoming a Homeschool Student
In order to homeschool in the state of Pennsylvania, you need to do the following:
1) Pennsylvania law requires that the homeschooling parent have at least a high school diploma or its equivalent. Also, the parent cannot be a felon nor can anyone in the household.
2) Submit a notarized affidavit by August 1st (elementary, K-6, from is here, secondary, 7-12, form is here) and course objectives to your local superintendent. A One-Room Schoolhouse will provide you with a list of objectives for your selected cluster(s) after your student has completed placement testing. You must also include with this affidavit evidence of immunizations and evidence of health and medical services. Please list your own home address and phone number on this affidavit; A One-Room Schoolhouse is a support organization. (Please, also, submit a copy of all these forms with your enrollment paperwork.)
3) If your child has been identified under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as needing special education services (not including those that are gifted and/or talented); you must have your program approved by a state-certified special education teacher or licensed clinical/school psychologist. The written approval must be submitted with your notarized affidavit. (Genevieve Peterson, Education Director of A One-Room Schoolhouse, is a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and can approve your program as needed.)
4) At the elementary level, ensure the following subjects are taught: English, to include spelling, reading, and writing; arithmetic; science; geography, history of the United States and Pennsylvania; civics; safety education, instruction in fire safety; health and physiology; physical education; music; and art. If you are doing the five-day program at A One-Room Schoolhouse all of these areas will be taught. Parents are advised to supplement at home with The Good and the Beautiful Safety Unit.
5) At the secondary level ensure the following subjects are taught: English, to include language, literature, speech, and composition; Mathematics, to include general mathematics, algebra, and geometry; social studies, to include civics, history of the United States and Pennsylvania, and world history; health; physical education; music; art; geography; science; and safety education, to include fire safety. If you are doing the five-day program at A One-Room Schoolhouse all of these areas will be taught. Parents are advised to supplement at home with The Good and the Beautiful Safety Unit and Maturation Unit.
6) Required high school graduation courses: 4 credits in English, 3 credits in math, 3 credits in science, 3 credits in social studies, 2 credits in art and humanities.
7) Track your time: Students must log 180 school days or 900 hours for elementary students or 990 hours for high school students. Attendance logs are kept by A One-Room Schoolhouse. All schooling completed outside of our program should also be logged.
8) Take standardized tests in grades 3, 5, and 8. Testing results must be included in the portfolio. A One-Room Schoolhouse will offer testing each school year. An outside testing service can be used if this better meets the family’s needs.
9) Prepare a portfolio, including a reading log and work samples from all required subject areas, to present to a certified teacher by the end of the school year. A One-Room Schoolhouse will provide a portfolio evaluator to meet with our group members at the end of each school year. At the end of every unit of study, students will add to their portfolio.
10) By June 30 of each year, parents must submit a copy of the evaluator’s certification that their child is receiving an appropriate education to your local superintendent. A One-Room Schoolhouse will provide you with this document on the last day of school during the first week of June.
2020-2021 Schoolhouse Handbook
2021-2022 Schoolhouse handbook is coming soon!