To be a member of ESA, a student must meet the mandatory homeschool and testing requirements set by Eta Sigma Alpha National Chapter.
Homeschool Eligibility – Only those students who meet the HSLDA definition of a home schooler are eligible for ESA membership. This rule states that a student must complete 50% of his/her studies at home under the direct supervision of the parent. Co-ops, group classes, and even community college courses are acceptable as long as the 50% rule is followed. Students enrolled in public school programs, charter school programs, full-time college programs, or other programs where more than 50% of the school time is spent in the supervision of a school setting or where the public school receives 50% funding for the student's attendance or where the public school system, umbrella school, on-line school assigns the grades without parent participation, are not eligible for ESA membership. (See HSLDA's webpage at www.hslda.org for more information.)
A test score of one of the following nationally normed standardized achievement tests is required for ESA membership:
CLT: 88 (CLT), 97 (CLT 10), 97 (CLT 8);
SAT: 1200 (SAT);
PSAT:1200 (PSAT), 1170(PSAT 10), 1090 (PSAT 8/9 for a 9th grade student), 1020 (PSAT 8/9 for an 8th grade student);
ACT: 26 (ACT), 26 (Pre-ACT 10);
Iowa ITBS or ITED: a 90% composite score;
Stanford: 90% on the total battery (the score listed under the National PR-S or PR column);
Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) 2nd Edition: 90% total score (listed under the NPR column)
When taking the Iowa ITBS, Iowa ITED, Stanford or Terra Nova 2 (CAT 6) the complete battery including science, social studies, language arts, spelling, reading, mathematics, and vocabulary must be taken. We do not accept the basic battery or core battery for admission. The test score must come from one test. Section scores from different tests may not be combined to achieve the required test score for membership. Although some college scholarship applications accept super scoring, we do not. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE FOR ANY ONE! *With the continuing technology changes, online testing is currently being offered more frequently in lieu of hard copy testing. Online testing may be used if given at a testing center or at a private tester's facility. Parents must not have access to the student, computer, or test materials while the test is being administered. Students must not have access to other electronic devices which may connect to the internet, email or texting during testing.
Test scores must not be more than 1 year old.
All tests must be administered in a group setting if a parent is helping with the test administration. If a group setting is not possible, a non-family member may administer the test in a one-on-one setting, as long as the parent does not have access to the test. Parent administered tests are not acceptable.
Additional Requirements as established by each individual chapter may include requirements such as:
The additional requirements set by Omicron Beta Chapter of Arizona include requirements such as:
- be in grades 7-12;
- community service projects;
- a short essay upon application;
- yearly dues;
- and re-registration with re-testing for rising 10th graders (taken within one year of reapplication-Spring 9th Grade).
Once admitted, in order to earn the certificate at the end of the year you must attend at least 2 business meetings and 2 service projects. With successful completion of attendance the member will earn a certificate they may add to their Comprehensive Home School Record.