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  1. To those who might be interested in Pittsburgh, I'm sharing the homeschooling letter we received in yesterday's mail. I'm still re-reading it to try to discern if it's extra "trouble" for us or not. I'll explain that part later. Otherwise, I thought all might want to know ahead of time to be prepared or to cross it off their lists. (This letter is their policy as of today - catching this thread a couple of years down the road could make it outdated). Any typos will be mine, but otherwise, it's verbatim. ---------------- Thank you for your interest in the University of Pittsburgh. Each year, we offer admission to a number of home-schooled students such as you. We're writing to you now to address some of the questions that often arise from home schooled applicants and to ask that you complete and submit the enclosed form to provide the admissions committee with the information they need. Enclosed is an information sheet outlining some basic requirements for home schooled applicants. One challenge for our admissions committee is to assess the records of home schooled applicants compared with those of students being educated in more traditional environments. If your home schooling is being done in conjunction with a school district or with a home-schooling association that provides transcripts with classes and grades on them and will award you a diploma, our evaluation of your record will probably be straight forward. If your home schooling is being done at home independent of affiliation with such an organization, you will be asked to provide end-of-year evaluations by a state-approved administrator or third party. Should your school district or state not require an evaluation from a state-approved administrator or third party, the committee will need you to provide information from your school district or state that outlines what is needed to fulfill high school requirements and earn a diploma, if diplomas are awarded to home schooled students. Home schooling regulations vary from district to district and state to state and researching such differences is beyond the scope of our staff, so the provision of the information which has informed your educational choices needs to come from you or your family. Another challenge for some students is the University requirement that admitted, deposited students submit a final official high school transcript showing date of graduation. If your state or district does not provide for that, we will again need information outlining the policies of the home schooling plan you have undertaken. Once we have this information, we will consult the Dean of the school in which you're interested, to determine whether there is an acceptable alternative to this requirement. Admitted students who cannot provide a final high school transcript showing date of graduation or its equivalent are not able to register for the spring term, without a resolution of this question, though they are able to register for the fall term. Please review our information sheet and response form and if you are not able to provide what is described, submit the information that you feel will best describe your home schooling plan, along with whatever is applicable on the response form. (See next post for the information sheets)
  2. I took my 11 yr old dd out of Girl Scouts (long story) and promised her we would join American Heritage Girls, but alas, no troop in the Pittsburgh area. So I told her we would start one this summer. If there is anyone on the area who light be interested please let me know; they have groups for all ages, 5 through high school. She'd probably like a PP too, if anyone is interested.
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