Information for homeschool students living in the Prosper ISD attendance zone:
If you anticipate taking the PSAT or AP tests through PISD, you will be required to show proof of residency, meet registration deadlines, and if applicable, pay for the test with cash or a money order. For more information please contact the Prosper High School Counseling Department at 469-219-2180.
(Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test/National Merit Scholar-Ship Qualifying Test)
This test is administered in October each year. The PSAT/NMSQT gives students the unique opportunity to: assess their critical reading, writing, and mathematical skills; find out what the SAT is like; forecast SAT scores from their PSAT/NMSQT scores, compare forecasted SAT scores with the scores of college applicants; discover whether they would be successful in Advanced Placement courses; participate in the Student Search Service by having their names sent to colleges and government-sponsored scholarship programs that are seeking students like them; and to qualify for scholarship and enrichment programs that use PSAT/NMSQT results. It give the student a chance to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation awards program for: Merit Scholarships, Achievement Scholarships, and National Hispanic Scholar Awards.
Home schooling has been a legal alternative to public schooling since 1994. In the case of Leeper et al. v. Arlington ISD et al., the Texas Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision that children being taught at home are exempt from the compulsory attendance requirement to the same extent as students enrolled in private schools. Parents who choose to home school are required to follow a course of study that includes good citizenship. A public school district may ask parents to provide assurances in writing that they intend to home school their child.
Transferring to a Public School
The State of Texas does not award a diploma to students that are home schooled. Home-schooled students can enter public school at any time but should be aware that most districts have policies and procedures in place to assess the mastery level of courses that students in home schools have taken. The results of the assessment may be used for grade placement or award of credit or both. Students transferring from home schools should be afforded the same treatment as students transferring from unaccredited private schools. TEA recommendations on appropriate placement assessments are included in the Commissioner's Home School Policy Letter below.
For additional information on home schooling, contact the Texas Home School Coalition. As an alternative, parents can contact the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission for information about accredited private schools. Parents interested in the state-mandated curriculum standards can visit the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) page on the TEA website. Links to specific TEKS in the Texas Administrative Code are halfway down the page.