Many families in York County have accepted the responsibility of educating their children at home. Some of these have strong support from family and friends. Others do not.
York Home School Association, Inc. (YHSA) was founded on the belief that the ultimate responsibility for the education of children belongs to the parents (Deuteronomy 4:9, 6:1-25, and 4:1-4). Parents can more successfully carry out this responsibility with the support of like-minded home educators. Frequently, parents are called on to defend their decision to home educate their children and affiliation with a support group can strengthen the drive, desire, and beliefs that brought parents to the decision in the first place.
On average, YHSA has more than 400 member families and is a member organization of the Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) and an affiliate of HSLDA (Home School Legal Defense Association).
During the early 1990's, the York Home School Association (YHSA) became a more structured organization, growing out of a group of several dozen families who met once a month for educational and social activities.
The newsletter, The Scholar, was first published in the fall of 1991. YHSA's first charter and by-laws were adopted during the winter of 1992. In May of 1992 the board of directors was established. The group incorporated in 1998.
Many annual events that were started in the late 1980's and early 1990's still take place today. The organization's busy calendar is always expanding to accommodate new academic and social activities.
YHSA is a Christian support group and it strives through all efforts to bring glory to God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as prescribed in the Nicene Creed. As a Christian group, and in the interest of protecting our children, YHSA excludes those who profess the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender/questioning (LGBTQ) lifestyle. We define marriage as one man and one woman.
The mission of YHSA is to encourage excellence and integrity in home schooling. YHSA exists to serve the interests of parents educating their children at home under Act 169, the Pennsylvania Home Education Law of 1988; this does not include those enrolling their children in cyber or charter schools, which are part of the government school system in Pennsylvania.
YHSA is a volunteer run ministry. Through the involvement and effort of all of its member families, YHSA can provide encouragement and resources for families, assist new home schoolers, and provide academic and social interaction with other parents and children with similar concerns and educational goals.