So How Exactly Does a Homeschooler Obtain a Diploma


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The good news is that many traditionally homeschooled students get a diploma from their parents, which is often accepted by most colleges and universities. For students who attend an online homeschool or take courses through an umbrella school or correspondence school, they typically get their diplomas from that institution. Creating a Homeschool Diploma. A parent-issued homeschool diploma may be created from scratch or using a template.

In addition, some services, such as, provide diplomas for sale online, allowing the purchaser to enter information such as the student’s name and receive a printed diploma. In the United States, homeschool diplomas carry the same weight as a public school or private school diploma. Instead of the diploma being issued by a public or private school, the parents of the homeschooled student issue the diploma after the student meets the homeschool state laws and graduation requirements where they live.

The signature(s) of the homeschool teacher (usually one or both parents) Although parents can create and print their own diplomas, it is advisable to order a more official-looking document from a reputable source such as Homeschool Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) or Homeschool Diploma. Homeschoolers generally get a diploma issued from the homeschooling parent. However, this can vary from state to state based on Sate laws. In a state where it is harder to issue a diploma student rely on portfolios and testing scores. For states where it is possible for a parent to issue a diploma it is usually done as described belo.

Does My Homeschooler Need a High School Diploma? Posted in Homeschool View on Friday, April 15, 2016. Though there is certainly value in having a high school diploma, many homeschool families cause themselves unnecessary stress as they seek to obtain a diploma through the “proper channels.”. A Homeschool Completion Affidavit is a document that the parent/school official of a legal homeschool signs to graduate their student from homeschool. It is considered equal to a diploma from a public or private school.

It must be signed in front of a notary public. A diploma, created and signed by the parent, which indicates that the student has completed high school requirements. A transcript, created and signed by the parent, which shows the coursework that the student has completed during their homeschooled high school years. To graduate a homeschooled child: The student completes the course of study outlined by the parent. The parent presents the student with a signed and dated diploma.

The parent has a transcript that backs up the course of study. The diploma and grade records by homeschooled students from accredited schools are accepted by colleges. The difference in terms of admission between accredited school and non-accredited school graduates lies in the requirements to be given by colleges.

These requirements even vary for every college from state to state.

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Still other homeschooled students will receive a diploma that is created and signed solely by their parents, sometimes including a home graduation ceremony or party.

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In some states, if you have a college diploma, you simply fill out an “Intent to Home School” form and send a copy of your diploma.

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Canada is lucky to have several paths into university without a diploma and home education is one of them, but rarely can an unschooler or homeschooler simply present a parent-directed portfolio that has not been assessed by an approved source.

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Homeschool Diploma Forms Donna Young helpfully provides forms for your graduating high-schooler.

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You use Bob Jones materials and submit your student’s grades, and they keep track of your child’s record, supply an official­looking transcript, and award a diploma upon completion.

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Applicants include freshmen students who plan to graduate from fully accredited high schools, have received a GED, or have been home schooled and have a diploma from an accredited high school; or transfer students who have studied at other accredited institutions.

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To be enrolled in a postsecondary institution, students had to finish high school with either a regular diploma or a GED.

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High school credentials include regular diplomas and alternative credentials such as GED certificates.

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Home-schooled students can fulfill diploma requirements through portfolios that often include national SAT I and II scores, or they can use the services of an “umbrella school” that offers the diploma.

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Requirements: Either graduation from accredited secondary school or GED.

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  • Oh I’m still debating to homeschool or not to homeschool! My oldest is 4 and she’ll go to reception in September but I keep thinking maybe I should try homeschooling! It’s a hard decision:)

  • I am homeschooling my kindergartner that is in 2nd grade level. I am so worried about the accredited transcript that im enrolling him in k12 a public online school. But they are forcing him to stay in Kinder. I wish I was more confident in pure homeschool

  • It stinks because two areas my son is interested in is the becoming a police officer or going Into the military! It’s the two areas where it seems they need that highschool diploma. Great video though!!

  • I want to be homeschooled I’m in 8th grade but I’m worried about formal, prom and graduation. I want to go to collage as well but afraid about how homeschooling will affect my collage life

  • We don’t homeschool! But yes, there are sooo many myths when it comes to homeschool. So glad you’re debunking some of the myths! You are awesome! ❤️

  • Great explanation here, Rachel. When we started sharing your videos, one of the first feedback comments we got was, is this homeschooling thing for real? So it’s great you’re debunking myths. Much needed. Always love the quality and clarity of your content. Once the kids are grown, you should be teaching in college or at a university. You sure have the pedagogy. Stay blessed. ✨ Your Awesome Friends at The S’witty Kiwi Show ��

  • This is fascinating! I will need to look into how it works in the UK as it’s something I have genuinely never thought about even although I would love to consider homeschooling as an option. Thanks for opening my eyes! ��

  • “I don’t want to brag”… “I just wanted to share” GIRL HOW DOES SHARING GRADES HELP ANYONE UNDERSTAND.. HOW IS THAT ADVICE??? IT IS BRAGGING and HOW did you not make any friends???

  • So has anyone else had this problem?I was homeschooled from middle school to high school and had to teach myself everything I didn’t have a teacher that was helpful or even reached out to me and this has made it a struggle just to continue with my college classes I go to a cc rn but plan on transferring dose anyone have tip for people with lil to no real knowledge in math? Thank you ��

  • I too never went to school my entire life, i haven’t even go to high school in the end, and I want to go to college with SAT, and note I’m not from America so I have to move from my Country to the US, or UK probably, Please give me some tips. ������

  • So good! I didn’t know you where homeschooled!! So much knowledge dropped here! Yass, transcripts and pay attention to credits! Your so funny ��!

  • This is great advice thanks for sharing, Emma!

    High school students who are homeschooled are at a great advantage to prepare for college. CLEP and DSST exams allow homeschool students (and students in public/private schools) to earn credits toward their degrees without taking the actual course. This means you can study on your own time, and save money on your degree!

    Best of luck as you work on your bachelor’s degree!

  • I have been homeschooled for four years now and am going to be a sophomore. It’s so much more flexible than “regular” school. ❤️❤️❤️ love your channel!

  • I’ve been homeschooled my whole life and I’ve always dreamed of going to college I’m 16 I got pretty depressed about being homeschooled I didn’t think it was possible to get into a college as a homeschooler this video is helpful thank you for sharing ��

  • Im 16 abt to be 17 and in the next school yr i’ll be 17 and im gonna be in college i was thinking abt homeschooling but do u think it’ll work??

  • My question is I have a struggling learner in 10th grade. He realistically won’t go to a 4 year college. He may go to a jr college, trade school or straight to the workforce, would I need to consider the accreditation?

  • Thank you for making this great video. I am a home school mom from Cincinnati and home schooled our 3 kids from Kindergarten through senior year. We opted to learn the traditional way, not online. Our youngest son attends the community college near UC. He also plays football for our school district. 2 questions: Did you by chance take any college courses with College Credit Plus program while in high school? This is program provides college funding from 8th-12th grade. Also, was there something that motivated you to do a video? It turned our really well. If our son could make a video for home schooled athletes, but, he would need a benefit from making one. Can you identify a benefit from making a cool video like this, did you do this for an assignment? Just curious. And thank you so much. Keep up the good work!

  • I’m not leaving any type of hateful comment, but if real school was attended throughout her life she wouldn’t think it was weird that people were having conversations with their friends about people and events involved in their lives…….

  • I think the best way to meet people in college, is to join groups that share your same interests. I was in the dance company all through college, and met some of my best friends.

  • Thank you for your videos! I learn so much from them:). So, if you don’t mind me asking, how are you going to foster your daughter through the process of having “accredited” course work to enter the college of her choice? I’m a long way off with my tot, but knowledge is power! Thanks again!

  • I still don’t think I understand this. If an accredited transcript comes from an accredited institution like a school, how does a homeschooler get one?

  • That’s sooo cool about you. A Chinese language major. Has it helped you? I am guessing yes.
    This is a really good video. A lot of parents can benefit from seeing a grown homeschooling.

    Lol siblings with really cool jobs! ������

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  • This soundsss sooo interesting! I wished that homeschooling is an option heree! I would defintelyyy go for it! But thank you sooo much for clarifying all matters about it❤❤❤

  • Wow! Thank you so much for this! My son is only 6, in 2nd grade, but I have a lot of family members harping on me, “But you’re going to send him to high school, right?” This video is exactly what I needed!! Thank you so so very much!!

  • I really needed this video!!! I’m thinking of homeschooling my daughter but she’s starting 9th grade this year and I’m nervous about transcripts. She wants to join the military.

  • I had no clue you went to college when you were so young!! I absolutely believe that people who were homeschooled can go to college and do so well!

  • I was wondering if I heard right that you do get college credits for homeschooling an x amount of years. I myself did seven years as a homeschooling teacher.

  • Thank you for posting this video! I’m looking into going to college right now. I’m 31 years old and I want to get a degree in Information Technology. I was homeschooled from birth. My mom didn’t have actual classes and mostly just winged my education based on what she thought would be good for the day. Many of my classes were more religious-based. As an adult, I feel like my education is extremely lacking. She kept no records of anything. As a homeschooled student without any records, what should I do? I have a diploma though… so there’s that. lol

  • Speaking from experience, GET THE DIPLOMA. I applied to the University of Michigan with an Associate’s Degree, and without certification saying I finished my home schooling, they won’t even open up my application to LOOK at my transcripts.