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  1. Things NOT to Say to a New Homeschooler | iHomeschool Network
    November 23, 2015 @ 6:19 am

    […] Things You Should Never Say to Those That Homeschool High School by Heidi […]

  2. Kristen Horton Gregg
    November 25, 2015 @ 10:42 pm

    Loved this article. I have heard all the same, plus a few more. In Massachusetts, a homeschooled child can participate in any class or sport at the local schools. My high school daughter chose to take cheer and became cheer captain. She LOVES homeschooling because she can sleep in when she wants and do her school when and where she chooses. I have given her several options and this is the one she wants to do.

  3. Lynette W.
    November 25, 2015 @ 11:31 pm

    I’m super curious about why you can’t print out a Diploma that is made with your “school” logo (aka, Last name High school) and use that? In CO we don’t have any laws about not being able to do that. Is it accredited? No, but seriously – even colleges don’t ask to see the Diploma or if you got one! They want to see a transcript and your SAT/ACT scores!

    Super funny article (for us fellow homeschoolers!) And also – #6 and #7 can apply to ALL of us!

  4. Heidi
    November 26, 2015 @ 9:13 am

    Kristen, It is awesome that you have been able to take advantage of school sports! Congratulations to your daughter for becoming the cheer captain! We also love the flexibility of homeschooling. My daughter is a competitive gymnast and spends many hours a day at the gym. Homeschooling allows her the time to get enough sleep, get her education, have free time, and compete in the sport she loves.

  5. Heidi
    November 26, 2015 @ 9:18 am

    Lynette, I am sure we could just print something, but that wouldn’t make it valid. When colleges ask for a transcript we can certainly provide one but it isn’t viewed the same as coming from an actual brick and mortar or accredited online school. Yes SAT and ACT scores can also come into play as well. My daughter is actually working towards a 24 college credit equivalency that will give her the GED (General Equivalency Diploma). She is taking AP courses online, taking CLEP exams in subjects she has studied at home, and attending our local community college for the rest. This will not only give her what she needs for her GED but also counts towards the degree she will be working towards in college.

  6. Sara M.
    November 26, 2015 @ 8:37 pm

    I homeschooled two girls through high school in Upstate New York and even thought the school district and state didn’t give them a high school diploma, I did issue them one and we do count them as having graduated. My oldest is in the Navy all they needed was the diploma, SAT scores and letters of approval for our IEPs for the four years of high school (saved all those). My second daughter is in college and working at a company that requires a diploma. We have had to explain to people that homeschooling is legal and therefore they did not need a GED. Actually we were told that the one that joined the Navy would have been denied the job she wanted if we would have done the GED route. Both of them did take their PSAT and SAT, they also took multiple AP tests and CLEP tests but we were rarely asked about those even when we bring them up. We no longer live in New York but I am not planning on doing anything different for my younger two children.

  7. Heidi
    November 27, 2015 @ 7:53 am

    Sara, Thank you for sharing your experience! It is always helpful to hear how others have navigated these water before us.

  8. practicalbydefault
    January 9, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

    Wow, Thanks for sharing. I thought it was only here in NS Canada that they did not receive a diploma for High school homeschool. I am planning on continuing homeschooling throughout the high-school years and have started this journey already, much to the gasping and horror of friends. (ha!) Mine will not be taking GED, however the Community College has informed me they can take an entrance exam to see if they are behind in any subjects and use that to enter any course they wish. I will be revisiting this route and other options as we get down the road.
    Thank you for this!

  9. Heidi
    January 10, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    Yes, as if homeschooling doesn’t get enough comments, homeschooling high school is just that much more out there! LOL! There are many here who choose not to go the GED route and instead just create a high school transcript for entrance into college. It is a personal choice but we have decided that the 24 college credit equivalent is the path our teen will take. She has plans for a two year degree and then we will see from there.

  10. Lynette Nobles
    February 17, 2016 @ 4:46 pm

    The question I always heard from “doubters” was ‘What about chemistry?’ They usually meant lab equipment and “real” science teaching, whatever that means. My older two kids, now 21 and 19, did home school at home. My youngest, 16, attends “classes” at a local Classical Conversations campus. I run the nursery and we both have what we want – she has lots of friends/acquaintances and I have peace and babies!

  11. Finishing Strong #112: Choosing Curriculum, Travel and 'What NOT to Say'
    February 1, 2017 @ 8:03 am

    […] team and we are meeting new people, we are hearing these comments more often. Heidi’s post, Things You Should Never Say to Those That Homeschool High School, made me […]

  12. Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years 112 - Blog, She Wrote
    February 1, 2017 @ 8:26 am

    […] Things You Should Never Say to Those Who Homeschool High School […]

  13. gb
    September 7, 2017 @ 7:01 pm

    I’ve only been asked once if I graduated high school as a college-graduated adult, and she made enough of a production about it (I answered that I attend grad school, which I did at the time and she said “Yes, I see that. Did you graduate HIGH SCHOOL?” This was probably 15 years ago. Not a company that I wanted to work for after that.

  14. Sheila
    January 23, 2018 @ 1:05 pm

    I work at Grand Canyon University with Homeschool groups across the nation and Homeschool students are by far some of the best prepared kids we see! Keep up the good work High School Homeschool parents!!

  15. Heidi
    January 24, 2018 @ 2:06 pm

    Thank you so much! We do our best to raise fully functioning adults here in our home!

  16. LaRena Fry
    September 20, 2018 @ 3:04 pm

    Heidi you are mistaken. As long as you homeschool legally as per your state you can give your child a homeschool diploma and it is a legal document. Check out HSLDA or go to your states revised statutes and look up homeschool diploma. There are other sources out there.

  17. Heidi
    October 10, 2018 @ 12:09 pm

    Larena, I waited to reply as I wanted to double check my information before I did. NYS (where I homeschool) is one of the most highly regulated states, and different from others. As New Yorkers, unlike in some other states, it is not accurate for our students to claim they have a high school diploma unless it has been issued by an accredited school. New York makes it illegal for anyone in NY to issue a “diploma” unless is is authorized to do so by the Board of Regents (NYS Homeschool Regulationss 100.2(p)).

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