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Do home schooled kids get a diploma?

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Asked by Anonymous at 12:22 PM on Sep. 8, 2009 in

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  • Usually from the homeschooling program they are enrolled in. But dont quote me on it, you should do some research on it.

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:24 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • It depends on the program they use. Some programs actually issue certificates, but if you homeschool on your own, generally you make a diploma for your kids on the computer.....and then your child takes the GED test. Some people use Christian based programs, or charter schools to homeschool, and they can actually issue a diploma. It may depend on the state you live in as well. I homeschooled both of my younger boys. The middle son went back to school for public high school, and got a diploma. The younger one started college at 15, we lived in Wyoming, and I planned on him having an AA by the time he was 18 because he wouldn't have a high school diploma. We ended up moving to California, he finished high school through an independent study program and has an official high school diploma. He is 17 and a sophomore in college.

    There are so many different ways to homeschool that people end up with different results.

    Answer by ohwrite at 12:27 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • I graduated from a homeschooling program this year, but I never received any sort of formal diploma for having done so. However, there are several Internet-based homeschooling high schools which do offer a program through which one can earn a diploma. Also, many colleges don't require a high school diploma if you offer proof that the local school district approved your curriculum and scores through your high school career, especially if one or more parents have their teaching credentials, even if it isn't in the state you resided in at the end of high school.

    Answer by Dee2DaBra at 12:32 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Dependson where you live - each state has different guidelines.

    If the child is enrolled in a virtual school, they recieve a diploma from that school. It's just as valid as if they graduated from their local highschool.

    In some states, homeschools are considered private schools, so the parents can print off a diploma themselves & it is valid as well. Colleges here in Texas are required by law to accept these as valid diplomas & to NOT require any more of a homeschooled graduate than they would a public highschool graduate in the admissions process (diploma, transcripts, SAT/ACT, etc).

    In other cases, the student gets their GED.

    Answer by Laura1229 at 1:21 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Just wanted to add, I would keep records of classes taught, grades earned, and credits, even if you're doing it yourself because you may have to create transcripts for a college.

    Answer by ohwrite at 3:42 PM on Sep. 8, 2009

  • Yes. In IN parents do not have to set themselves up as a "private" school (as in some states), but your family can print off a diploma and it means the same thing as a public school diploma. Now to get accepted into college, you still have to take SAT or ACT though.

    Answer by tennisgal at 1:24 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • There are numerous ways for a homeschooled student to receive a diploma. One can be issued by the parents, if an umbrella or charter school is used they can issue one, sometimes the state will have a homeschool organization that can issue a diploma, I heard from another parent that her child was getting a diploma from the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.

    A homeschool diploma is also valid in all states and has no less credibility than a diploma issued by a public school.

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:48 AM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • yes. they have to take state mandated tests and jump through all the hoops that school kids have to. My grandgilries are part of a home school co-op and they have K-grads and High school graduations every yeat. the only difference is that home schooled kids have more one on one time with the teacher and less bullying from other kids on the play ground

    Answer by mamak57 at 1:09 PM on Sep. 9, 2009

  • PP, not all homeschoolers have to take state-mandated tests...only in certain states, so be sure to check with your state's guidelines. Most states are quite laxed and the parents really do have full control of their children's education.

    Answer by tennisgal at 12:16 AM on Sep. 10, 2009

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