What about a diploma and will my child be accepted at a college?
While some of the most structured home school programs do offer diplomas, most home schooled students don’t receive “officially-recognized” diplomas. Diploma or not, more and more colleges are accepting, and even actively recruiting home school graduates. Most colleges and universities require a transcript showing completion of College Prep Curriculum along with an appropriate ACT or SAT score. Most importantly, check “admission requirements” at the institution that you wish to attend. Some students choose to take the GED, but most colleges and universities do not make this requirement, therefore we discourage you from doing so since your student IS a highschool graduate.
Because being excluded from college is less of a concern than it was in the past, more families are deciding to home school through high school.
But my child has special educational needs. How can I home school?
Actually, many parents have made the decision to home school because their children have special needs such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, and other diagnosed learning difficulties. It can be said that who knows more about a child’s abilities and needs than his or her own parent. Although teaching special needs children is a challenge, there are resources to help you do the job well.
What about my child’s social needs? Will my child be unable to fit it with children who have gone to regular public or private schools?
People tend to define “socialized” as being able to get along with their peers, exclusively. However, to be truly well-socialized and well-adjusted one must be able to interact, hold conversation, respect and be respected by a wide variety of age groups of people.
Only in schools do people tend to be segregated by age. In the work force, in organizations, and in social situations life thrusts each of us into groups with a variety of ages. People who have attended age-segregated schools have been institutionalized, not socialized.
How do homeschoolers compare academically and in other areas of life to students in public and private schools?
- Homeschoolers Score Higher ACT College Entrace Exam
- Homeschooling Grows Up by Dr. Bryan D. Ray. New research study on adults who were homeschooled.
- More evidence of homeschool success, an article by HSLDA.