Category Archives: Grade Level

NYC DOE Phones Homeschoolers About High School Applications

Elsa Haas, PAHSI’s director, has written this account of a phone call she received yesterday (December 27, 2013) from the NYC DOE (New York City Department of Education) about the HSAP (High School Application Process):

The phone rang. The caller I.D. read “Unknown”, but I answered anyway. A woman said that this was the NYC DOE calling. She asked for me by name and Continue reading

Homeschool Doorframe Day

PAHSI is declaring September 9, 2013, the first annual Homeschool Doorframe Day in New York City. That’s because in NYC it’s the first day of public school (if you live elsewhere in New York State, the date may be different).

It’s the day by which, if you haven’t already, you might want to put some paperwork up just inside your door/s (for example, tacking it to the inside doorframe/s). That’s just in case you end up being one of the (relatively few) homeschool families visited this year at home, for whatever reason, by someone official, most typically Continue reading

Homeschool Grade Level – It’s Mostly Your Choice

It continues to be the conventional wisdom in homeschooling circles in New York State that if a parent who is just starting homeschooling wants to, for example, “hold a child back” one grade level (in terms of the local public school age cutoffs of the moment), s/he should just go ahead without thinking twice about it – “because you can always skip him/her ahead later, if you want to.”

It’s true that under the New York State Regulations on Home Instruction, grade level is mostly the parent’s choice. One exception that Continue reading

The NYC Mandatory Kindergarten Mess

A couple of problematic things happened on the way to the implementation of “mandatory kindergarten” (note the quotes) in New York City. But let’s start this blog post with PAHSI’s practical suggestions for those NYC parents of kindergarten-aged kids who are trying to figure out what to do if they don’t want to send their kids to public or private kindergarten this Continue reading

The Real Homeschool Letter of Intent Deadline

Around this time every year (June), a lot of parents start panicking about the letter of intent to homeschool (in New York State) because they think the deadline for it is July 1st for everybody whose “school-aged” kids won’t be in school come the fall.

In fact, there are two different deadlines – Continue reading

That Letter on Teens Aging Out

Please scroll down far enough in this blog post (which is about New York City) to be able to consider certain points without dismissing them out of hand simply because of what you may have read recently online, or heard through the grapevine.

To encourage you to keep reading, we’ll say right now that three points related to “aging out” of compulsory schooling (which in NYC happens at the end of the “school year” in which the teen turns 17) have been battling it out for the top spot in this blog post.

These three Continue reading

December Birthdays and Compulsory School Age

December birthdays in New York City – now, that’s a fine kettle of fish! And we suspect it may be similarly messy for some homeschoolers in other parts of the state, too (more about that at the very end of this blog post).

We touched on the December Discrepancy (though we didn’t call it that) in Continue reading

Two Updates and One New Issue

Freedom of Information – NYC DOE Drags Feet (update for blog post dated 02/19/2013):

Eighty-four days after we filed our second Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request (and with impeccable precision timing for squelching any attempt to influence how the Round 2 high school application forms print out for homeschoolers), the New York City Department of Education (NYC DOE) finally declared itself ready to provide the information requested. We’ve added the most recent four emails to the compilation that can be seen at this link (you can start reading them at “Day 71” if you’ve already seen the previous emails, but first do read the “Warning” near the top): F9027.pdf Updated. These newer emails are self-explanatory. But we’ll follow up with a blog post at some point, as this continues to play out.

Kindergarten Changes in NYS – Parts 1 and 2 (update for blog posts dated 02/24/2013 and 03/10/2013)

We’ve heard nothing from the NYC DOE about this, and we don’t have any solid information from Rochester yet, either.

Computer Data Privacy Issue: inBloom, Inc. (new issue)

We’ve started looking into a nationwide controversy on the confidentiality of educational records – let’s call it “the inBloom issue”. The earliest article we’ve seen on this is from Reuters (K-12 Student Database Jazzes Tech Startups, Spooks Parents, 03/03/2013), at this link: Reuters . We’re trying to learn more about what this might mean for homeschooolers in NYS. If you have information for us (beyond what we can easily find ourselves on the Internet), please contact us at comments@pahsi.net .