Pole Homeschool Support Group & Resource Center


The prices are as follows; per student

Elementary School and Middle School per year; These prices include the membership and printing fee; you must have notebooks in place BEFORE printing will take place.

Elementary and Middle School; $200.00 per year


High School can be broken down per year at $100 per year

This price includes, printing, grading and all tutoring.....This price does not include the graduation package that can be found on http://seniorsofpole.webs.com/


Fees FYI-

There is a $20 membership fee for the first student and $5 per each individual students; per school year.

To set pricing to see by the site is impossible as each student is an individual and may have a mixture of grades or have a disability that may cause a rate of work to increase or decrease with time. The prices are set through the office. Please have the following information when you call for an appointment.

* The students current grade.

* Does the student have an IEP or 504?

* Is the student struggling in any certain subject; this may require extra work or a change.

* Does the student work on their level; maybe above or below?

All of this information has to be taken into consideration when doing pricing. Most of the time, it is very basic changes; however to ensure that the student is getting what they need, some things may have to be added or taken from the years program.

No call no show to the meetings- $20

Printing Fee- varies per grades

Due to the needs of the individual student, please call the office for all fee and information. The fees vary with programming.

Payment Arrangement Fee will be as follows

On time payments- No late fees

Late fees, will tack on $5.00 per month you are late.

Any checks- There will be a $60 fee to take care of my bounced check fees for your bounced check. (effective 4-1-12)

If you need payment arrangements, you are required a down payment and then the remainder will only be split into 2-3 payments.

 Graduation package information is available when requested and can be found on http://seniorsofpole.webs.com/

How do you get started.....

(1) call the POLE Office 606-638-0032. Set up and appointment for you and your student. This will give you the time for one on one time to find out the answers to all of your homeschooling questions. You are not obligated to be a homeschooler or member at this point.

(2) click on our LETTER OF INTENT form and print it off. Fill out the section and put today's date on your child's first day of school. Make sure you get a copy stamped recieved or bring a copy of the LOI and the card if you send this certified. (all of these forms will be relocated. to get these forms, please call the homeschool office) It is best to go through the homeschool group to pull your student out of school. The school may tell untruths to keep your child enrolled; instead of taking any chances, make sure you find out the laws and ask question; be informed!

If you are in the middle of the school year, this is the way you will handle it.......

you can come to the office to get this process started or......

(3) Go to your child's present school and tell them you are withdrawing your child to homeschool. If your child is in high school, you may have to get a withdraw form and have it signed by all the teachers. Make sure your student returns all of their books and does NOT owe any fines to the school. Get a copy of the transcript form if they are in high school. At this time, you need to write a letter requesting your child's records. Make sure they stamp it received and you keep a copy.

(4) Send your letter of intent by certified mail...return reciept requested...make sure POLE gets the copy of the green card and the letter of intent if you are doing this independant prior to registering with POLE.

(4a) If you are a WV Student, you will need to go to the county school district office and speak with the DPP. There is a packet of information that you will have to fill out. When the homeschooling is accepted, you will need to get a copy of the students transcript if they are in high school and call for an appointment.


(5) When you come to the office and you are a new student...I have had the first appointment be 2 hours long, depending on the questions and explanations.Bring me any forms that you have given to the school and/or district. I will need to keep them in their files. 

(6) If your student receives an SSI check, not a problem. Contact the Social Security Admin.Get the case workers name and fax number. Bring the form into the office when I fill it out, I require proof of your students social security number. This form, when completed and a letter from POLE will be faxed to the worker and you will receive a copy of this for your records also. 

(7)From here, we will discuss and curriculum information, fees for curriculum and schedules. We will go over state laws, policies, records, grading and all of your questions. 

(8) You need to check with the office and know that work will not be printed without notebooks to place the work in and a set of dividers. This depends on the grade as to how big the notebook(s) need to be and how many dividers you need.

Let me just say that you are welcome to develop your own curriculum for your student and this way, you can control the cost. Curriculum can be purchased down many avenues and can vary in cost. If you choose to develop your own curriculum, you will have to grade your own papers, and keep your own grades. We can save you the leg work and you can purchase your curriculum through our department.... Please ask about our prices and packages and arrangements.  

You are welcome to have and develop your own curriculum, but for those who want to purchase curriculum and not have to do the foot work, we have resources available for you to purchase. These fees include the daily records, for most of the work (there is some, you will have to do)..the printing fee includes the ink and paper and hole punching.  Please ensure that when developing your own curriculum, that you find out what is necessary to graduate by state standards.

Thanks for checking out POLE for your homeschool needs. We look forward to working with your family and watching your child grow in their education and in life!

State Laws     State Laws    State Laws        State Laws    State Laws     



The above link will take you to the Kentucky Homeschool Information Packet; you are welcome to print this for your file. Make sure you read this for Kentucky State Laws.


West Virginia


  • West Virginia does not recognize home schools as private schools.
  • West Virginia has a compulsory attendance statute, WV Code 18-8-1(a). Beginning with the 2011–12 high school freshman cohort class of students, the maximum age of compulsory school attendance is 17. WV Code 18-8-1(c) contains two subdivisions that allow an exemption to compulsory attendance for “home instruction.” Note: A homeschooled student is not considered a private school student in West Virginia.
  • Initial and Renewal Applications

    • If the homeschool provider chooses to file a notice of intent to homeschool as noted in WV Code §18-8-1(c)(2), the person or persons providing home instruction must file a notice of intent to provide home instruction that contains the name, address, and grade level of the child to be instructed. The notice of intent shall be given at least two weeks prior to withdrawing the child from a public school. WV Code §18-8-1 (a); (c)(2)(A).
    • The person or persons providing the instruction must submit satisfactory evidence of a high school diploma or its equivalent. The person providing home instruction must outline a plan of instruction for the ensuing school year. WV Code §18-8-1 (c)(2)(B) and (C).

    Curriculum and Instruction

    • If the homeschool provider seeks county board approval as noted in WV Code §18-8-1(c)(1), home instruction must be in the home of the child to be instructed or in another approved location and must be for a time equal to the school term of the county.
    • The superintendent or a designee shall offer such assistance, including textbooks, other teaching materials and available resources, as may assist the person or persons providing home instruction subject to their availability. Any child receiving home instruction may, upon approval of the county board of education, exercise the option to attend any class offered by the county board of education as the person or persons providing home instruction may deem appropriate subject to normal registration and attendance requirements. WV Code §18-8-1 (c)(3).

    Public School Access

    • A homeschooled student prohibited from participating in interscholastic athletics does not violate equal protection under art. III, §10 of the West Virginia Constitution.
    • “…Any child receiving home instruction may upon approval of the county board exercise the option to attend any class offered by the county board as the person or persons providing home instruction may consider appropriate subject to normal registration and attendance requirements.” WV Code §18-8-1 (c)(2)(E)(3).


    OHIO and other states, please got to the website for hslda.org and got to /in your state/ and look for your state laws to ensure you are following the laws....

    Who has been homeschooled????

    Notable Homeschoolers

    Collected by Carolyn K., director, Hoagies' Gifted Education Page

    So many children throughout modern history have been home schooled, and then become highly successful members of our society.  You would be amazed at some of the people, from the 1700's through today, who spent some or all of their time being schooled at home rather than in the schools! 

    2002 Geography Bee (and nearly every other year!)
    This year's first and third place winners are home schooled, and the winner is the youngest of the 55 contestants, at only 10 years old.  Two other top ten finalists are home schooled...
    Ansel Adams, (1902-1984) arguably the greatest photographer of the 20th century
    "At twelve, unable to stand the confinement and tedium of the classroom, he utterly disrupted his lessons with wild laughter and undisguised contempt for the inept ramblings of his teachers. His father decided that Ansel’s formal education was best ended. From that point forward, the boy was home-schooled in Greek, the English classics, algebra, and the glories of the ocean, inlets, and rocky beaches that surrounded their home very near San Francisco."
    John Adams, (1735-1826) 2nd president of the United States
    John Adams was taught to read at home, and then happily went for lessons with a handful of children, taught in the kitchen of a neighbor woman.  He was considered "fitted for college" and proceeded to Harvard at age 15...
    John Quincy Adams, (1767-1848) 6th president of the United States
    "The rector of the school thought him impertinent and merited a thrashing, as he informed his father. Adam's response was exactly what his own father's would have been. "Send the boys (John Quincy was 12 or 13 at the time) to me this evening," he answered. He had no wish to see his children subjected to such "littleness of soul" he explained to Abigail in a letter..." "Adams arranged for tutors for the two boys, and the opportunity for them to attend lectures at the university."
    Louisa May Alcott, (1832-1888) author of Little Women and Little Men, among others
    primarily educated by her father
    Alan Alda, actor, screenwriter and producer
    Alda started college at 16, after being partially homeschooled... in his autobiography Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned
    Bronson Alcott, her father...
    Wilson Bentley, (1865-1931) pioneering work in the area of photomicrography, most notably his extensive work with snow crystals (snowflakes)
    self educated, The Snowflake Man: A Biography of Wilson A. Bentley
    Colfax family, (1980's) Grant, Drew, Reed and Garth.  Parents David and Micki became "well known in the 1980's for "homeschooling" three of their sons into Harvard."  The boys... have gone on to become Fulbright and Rockefeller Fellows with high honors at Harvard
    The Colfax boys didn't attend school, but instead were homeschooled in their "Forty-Seven-Acre Classroom."  Drew completed his studies at Harvard and became a physician.  Read more in thier books, Hard Times in Paradise and Homeschooling for Excellence
    Agatha Christie, (1890-1976) author of many, many mysteries including Murder on the Orient Express...
    Taught at home by a governess and tutors, as a child Agatha Christie never attended school
    Edward Curtis, (1868-1952) photographer of the early 1900's
    "complicated, passionate, self-educated pioneer and visionary artist who rose from poverty and obscurity to become the most famous photographer of his time"
    Erik Demaine, assistant professor of computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the leading theoretician in the emerging field of origami mathematics
    home-schooled by his father, traveled around the United States, settling somewhere new every 6 to 12 months; he started college courses at 12, and received his doctorate at 20 and at the same age became the youngest professor ever at M.I.T. In 2003 he was granted a MacArthur "genius" fellowship...
    Thomas Edison, (1847-1931) inventor
    "Edison entered school in Port Huron (at age 7), but his teachers considered him to be a dull student. Because of hearing problems, Edison had difficulty following the lessons and his school attendance became sporadic..."  "He was taught at home by his mother, a former teacher..."
    Paul Erdos, Hungarian mathematician
    "Until he reached his teens, Erdös's mother kept him out of school, fearing that it was the source of childhood contagion."  His biography: The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdös and the Search for Mathematical Truth
    Benjamin Franklin, printer, inventor, statesman, and more
    attended grammar school from age 8 - 10
    Guterson family, (1980's) 3 sons
    "It is this contradiction--schooling his own children at home, while teaching his neighbors' children in school--that Guterson tries to dissect and defend," in Family Matters: Why Homeschooling Makes Sense
    C.S. Lewis, (1898-1963) author, Chronicles of Narnia
    He was tutored at home by his mother and a governess at first, then after his
    mother's death (about 10) was sent to various boarding schools, and later was sent to live with a tutor, who prepared him for Oxford. 
    Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of the United States
    Tutors, self-educated
    Todd Lodwick, Nordic skier, World Cup winner and Olympic 2002 skier
    Countess Augusta Ada Lovelace, (1815-1852) credited with being the first woman programmer
    Daughter of Lord Byron, Ada was educated at home by governesses and tutors hired by her mother.  US Department of Defense named the programming language ADA in her honor
    Benoit Mandelbrot, Harvard mathematician who pioneered the study of fractal geometry
    ...did poorly in school and was homeschooled by his uncle from age 12
    Margaret Mead, (1901-1978) anthropologist
    Sometimes she was even schooled at home by her grandmother. In school, Margaret sometimes felt out of place because of her personal background...
    Yehudi Menuhin, (1916-1999) Violinist
    "I went to school for precisely one day at the age of 6, by which time I could read quite well, and write, and calculate a little. My one day was not unhappy but  bewildered. Very quietly I sat in the class, the teacher stood at the front and said incomprehensible things for a long time and my attention eventually wandered to the window through which I could see a tree. The tree was the only detail I remembered clearly enough to report at home that afternoon and that was the end of my schooling."
    Polgar sisters Sofia, Susan, Judit, chess masters
    Their autobiography, Queen of the Kings Game...
    Beatrix Potter (1866-1943) author
    "never received a formal education"
    Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) the discoverer of oxygen, and the father of modern chemistry
    Also the founder of the first Unitarian church in America.  In his mid teens he fell seriously ill with tuberculosis of the lungs, was forced to drop out of school, and for a time abandoned his plan of entering the ministry. As he gathered strength after his illness, he taught himself French, Italian, and German and learned Chaldean, Syrian and Arabic. Privately, he also learned the rudiments of geometry, algebra and mathematics...
    Gloria Steinem (1934- ) feminist, writer and co-founder of Ms. Magazine
    Ages 10-17 attended school on an irregular basis, while caring for her emotionally disturbed mother...
    Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992) author
    "Childhood illness, Stills Disease, kept her close to home and under the watchful care of her mother. She was home schooled by her mother, and in the process was introduced to Celtic and Saxon legends. This had the unexpected result of delaying her reading. Having been weaned on Beowulf, she could not bear to read from a new reader's primer. It was not until she and her mother returned to England in 1930 that she learned to read."
    Swann family Alexandra, Victoria, Christopher, Dominic, Francesca, Benjamin and others (10 children!)
    "In spite of the rapid pace, however, we never skipped any grades.  Although we were in school every day, our hours were not long.  Accelerated education gives a young person an early start on life."  Also read No Regrets: How Home Schooling Earned Me A Masters Degree At Age 16.
    Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) architect
    He was educated at Second Ward School, Madison [only] from 1879 to 1883.  He entered the University of Wisconsin at 15 as a special student, studying engineering because the school had no course in architecture
    Virginia Woolf, (1882-1941) author
    "Virginia was educated by private tutors and by extensive reading of literary classics in her father's library."
    Andrew Wyeth, (1917- ) artist
    "His parents, based in part on his frail health, made this decision about his education. Rather than continuing to deal with schools any longer, he attended until the third grade; it was thought best his father [N.C. Wyeth] taught him at home."  Read The Homeschooling of Andrew Wyeth
    Jamie Wyeth, (1946- ) artist
    "He left public school after the sixth grade to be tutored at home so he could devote more time to art. Having acquired most of his own schooling from private tutors, his father didn't consider a formal education necessary for an artist."

                      This is just to name a few....


    If you are looking to go back to school, here is what will happen...

    Recognition of Credits for Non-Public & Home Schooling

    Last Updated on Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 5:04 AM

    When a student transfers from a non-accredited secondary school (any private school not certified pursuant to KRS 156.160(3), the local public school district is responsible for proper placement, and awarding credits from the private school, if the student desires recognition of those credits.  Without a properly certified transcript, this is accomplished by one of two methods:  Passing a similar examination given to other students receiving credit for the course, or, attaining a 'C' average in the course by the 12th week of school.  Those courses successfully completed by examination or performance shall be counted toward minimum high school graduation requirements in the local school district.


    704 KAR 3:307 discusses the transfer of credits from a home school or other non-accredited school to a public school.



    KRS 158.140 mandates the assignment of a pupil in the class or grade to which the pupil is best suited. This regulation prescribes procedures for recognition of credits or graduation from a public secondary school upon transfer from a nonaccredited secondary school and for the awarding of credit upon transfer to a public secondary school without a proper transcript being reasonably available.


    Section 1. For the purposes of this regulation, a "nonaccredited secondary school: is a school enrolling students for secondary school instruction when that school is not recognized by (1) of the fifty (50) state departments of education or one (1) of the seven (7) independent regional accrediting associations. A "nonaccredited secondary school" in Kentucky shall be any private school not certified pursuant to KRS 156.160(3).


    Section 2. (1) The local school district shall be responsible for the appropriate assignment of a student transferring from a nonaccredited secondary school to the class or grade best suited for the student. Previous credits earned by a student in a nonaccredited secondary school shall be awarded by the local school district by one (1) of the two (2) following methods:


    Pass an examination of similar nature and content to the examination used for other students receiving credit for a particular course within the school district and graded on a comparable basis;



    Successful performance of the student in a higher level of the course when the courses are sequential in nature such as English, Mathematics, History and Science. Successful performance shall consist of achieving at least a C grade in the course by the 12th week of school.


    The courses successfully completed by examination or performance shall be counted toward minimum high school graduation requirements in the local school district.


    Section 3. A student desiring recognition of previous credits toward graduation upon entering a public secondary school without a properly certified transcript and for whom a properly certified transcript cannot reasonably be obtained, shall be placed and awarded credit as outlined in Section 2 of this regulation.


    For more information contact:

    Dawn Offutt
    500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone: (502) 564-4970

    State laws as listed by the Kentucky state....

    Kentucky Home School Requirements & Information

    Last Updated on Thursday, June 18, 2009 at 10:02 PM

    In Kentucky, home schools are considered to be non-public schools. The laws relating to non-public schools also apply to home schools.  The following are the minimal requirements for operating a home school in Kentucky and the legal authority upon which these requirements are based.

    Establish a bonafide school for the children to attend;

    KRS 159.030 requires compulsory school attendance for every child between the ages of 6 and 16 and exempts a child from attending public school who is enrolled and regularly attending a non-public school.

    Rose V. Council for Better Education, Inc., 790 S.W. 2nd 186 (1989) establishes education as a fundamental right in Kentucky.

    Kentucky State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education V. Rudasill, Ky. 589 S.W. 2nd 877 (1979) establishes the prerogatives of the parents to choose the formal education for the child.

    KRS Ann. 159.010(2) requires that an unmarried child between the ages of 16 and 18 who wishes to terminate his public or  non-public education prior to graduation from high school shall do so only after a conference with the principal/designee, and the principal shall request a conference with the parent(s), guardian or other person residing in the state and having custody or charge over the child.  The parent(s) and child shall be required to attend a one hour counseling session with a school counselor on potential problems of non-graduates.

    Notify the local superintendent of schools each year by letter that you have established a home school and report the names, ages and place of residence of each of your children in attendance at the school and any other information the superintendent might require to carry out the laws relating to compulsory attendance; 

    KRS 159.030

    KRS 159.160 requires the person in charge of the home school report the names, ages and place of residence of all pupils in attendance at the school together with any facts that the superintendent may require to facilitate the laws relating to compulsory attendance and employment of children.

    Teach those subjects that will educate children to be intelligent citizens;

    KRS 158.080 requires that instruction be offered in English and in the branches of study that are taught in public schools as found in the Program of Studies KRS 156.160 and (704 KAR 3.303). This is interpreted to at least include reading, writing, spelling, grammar, history, mathematics and civics.

    It is suggested that the person responsible for instruction keep a portfolio that contains samples of the best work done by each child in several areas of study and maintain the portfolio year after year.  This may be of assistance in documenting the existence of the home school or the transfer of the child to another educational setting.  A record of courses taken and grades received is also necessary.

    Kentucky State Board for Elementary and Secondary Education V. Rudasill, Ky. 589 S.W. 2nd 877 (1979) establishes the prerogatives of the parents to choose the formal education for the child.

    Provide instruction for a term that is at least as long as the term in effect for the public schools in the district where the child resides; 

    KRS 158.080 states the minimal school term is 185 days, which includes 177 days of instruction KRS 158.070 and 10 non-instructional days.

    KRS 158.070 states that the minimal instructional term includes no less the equivalent of 177 six (6) hour instructional days for a total of 1062 hours of instruction per year.

    Record and maintain scholarship reports of each student's progress in all subjects taught at the same intervals as the local public schools;

    KRS 159.040 requires that all home schools record and maintain scholarship reports and attendance records. 

    Keep accurate attendance records of pupil attendance;  

    KRS 159.040 The attendance records can be kept either in a notebook, on a computer or in another manner but must be readily available in case of an inquiry.

    Be open to inspection by directors of pupil personnel, officials of the Department of Education or the Cabinet for Families and Children; 

    KRS 159.040 gives the director of pupil personnel the authority in his district to investigate any case of violating the compulsory attendance laws.

    KRS 159.040 states that the purpose for a director of pupil personnel visiting a home school is to ensure that the requirements of compulsory attendance are being met and not to determine the quality of the instruction.  This inspection of school records may be conducted in a neutral site rather than in the home.

    KRS 211.180 and KRS 212.210 authorizes the Cabinet for Health Services to regulate certain public health matters related to the detection, prevention and control of communicable diseases and health hazards relating to sanitation and safety.

    Be knowledgeable about the transfer process between the home school and the public schools and understand that this process requires the public school to assign the incoming student to the grade for which he/she is best suited. 

    KRS 158.140 and 704 KAR 3:307 require the grade placement be carried out either by examination or by student performance.

    For more information contact:

    500 Mero Street, 8th Floor CPT
    Frankfort, KY 40601
    Phone: (502) 564-4970