Graduating from Homeschool High School

One thing that is really hard to understand about homeschooling, especially for those pulling out of public school, is that your school district does not graduate your child. You are now your child’s school administrator and you will declare your child a high school graduate.

Some states give requirements for what a high school student must complete, things like 4 credits of English, 3 credits of science, etc. One credit is basically the equivalent of a full school-year course. A half credit would be a one semester course. Not every state will give you these guidelines, and even if they do, my aim isn’t the lowest possible amount of schooling to “finish.” If you use this full curriculum, you’ll do four years of things like science and math and not the minimum required. Either your child is going to college so you want to impress the best you can with a full course load, or this is your child’s last official schooling, so why not learn as much as possible?

Whether your state gives specific high school requirements or not, you are still your child’s school administrator, and you will decide when your child graduates. You must follow your state’s laws, but you have all of the authority to issue a transcript and a diploma. You can create a diploma or send off for one from a company that creates them.

There are still some places that don’t recognize homeschool diplomas. The HSLDA recently stepped in for a student whose college was requiring he take the GED. The school accepted the diploma without the test. You may run into ignorance out there. But from a legal standpoint, you are your school official and your records and transcript are official. You don’t need accreditation. All public schools aren’t even accredited. There won’t be any check box on the college application about whether you came from an accredited school.

I am going to give you some links to read more. I wanted to point out that I posted a blank transcript on the high school page. It’s a Word document so you can edit it. I also posted a sample transcript from Lee Binz.

Long post…I’ll write more this week about credits, records, and transcripts. Hope this helps. I’ll try to give you the best info I have from my research of all this. Here are the links.

11 thoughts on “Graduating from Homeschool High School

  1. aliveNChrist April 17, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    Thanks for the information. I thought you might like to see what a friend sent to me today. It looks like “change” is on the way. It is sad and scary what they are doing in the public schools. It makes me wonder how the face of homeschooling will change. My family will continue with what God has called us to do, come what may.

    • dayamonay June 5, 2013 / 9:37 pm

      The man speaking is absolutely wrong about Common Core. As a certified teacher, who by the way worked in only the second school district to ever lose accreditation in America, I would like to let you know that the best colleges don’t look at test scores or grades. My assistant principle talked to several universities while we were unaccredited. Top schools use interviews. The test scores are for scholarship purposes because those schools are generally so expensive.

      By the way, thanks for this wonderful resource. It had to be a lot of work to compile!

      • dayamonay June 5, 2013 / 9:39 pm

        Oh and BTW, many teachers don’t really like Common Core either. Most of us try to personalize the education for the students in our classrooms as much as possible. Standards don’t allow that and they force us to teach to the bottom. I think that homeschooling can be a wonderful experience and am thinking about homeschooling my own son.

      • Hannah Harney September 22, 2015 / 9:36 pm

        How to do this

  2. Kerry April 20, 2013 / 4:43 pm has free transcript templates for download AND free diploma templates too!

  3. Kristy Davis May 11, 2015 / 4:32 pm

    Is this program fully accredited for the state of Virginia or is it non-accredited?

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool August 25, 2015 / 11:12 pm

      This a free curriculum not a school, so as the teacher and administer you give credits.

  4. Liz July 11, 2018 / 12:50 am

    Will the homeschool student have to take the SAT or…

    • Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool July 11, 2018 / 11:29 am

      They would take it or not take it just like any public school student. My daughter goes to an art school which did not require the SATs. She never took it. If your child needs it to go to the college of their choice, then they will need to take it.

  5. VICKIE KNOX December 30, 2019 / 7:24 pm


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