It’s getting to be that time of the year when homeschoolers’ fancies turn to thoughts of diplomas In the case of homeschooling, the parents probably put more thought into the diplomas than the kids do. To help with what may be the final act of ‘official’ homeschooling, Judy Aron has blogged about documenting the home ed adventure.
Consent of the Governed, 7 April 2007, Homeschoolers — Things You Should Know About Diplomas
There are some points to remember regarding high school diplomas.
1) Not all colleges request that you have one in order to apply for admission.
2) Job applications may ask if you have one, although most do not ask whether you have an accredited diploma.
3) Not all public or private high schools are accredited, and they provide diplomas upon graduation.
Judy includes pointers for coping with different situations, and tells how she handled her own children’s transcripts.
A final caveat (for those starting the ‘documented years’ rather than those finishing) addresses the situation in states with laws prohibiting homeschooling by parents without diplomas from an accredited institution.
A final point, from a legislative point of view. Please be mindful of any laws that are proposed, or put in place, requiring homeschooling parents to have an accredited high school diploma themselves. If your child graduates without one, then they will not be able to homeschool their own children! This is done by intention in some states. It is a way to put the brakes on homeschooling.
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