Ask a Homeschooler: Response to Marylou

Marylou asks:

“Will the student get a lot of teaching & graduate the same as people from high school? With a diploma?”

Thanks for the question, Marylou. To start off, please understand: there are NO requirements for graduating high school as a home schooler. Whether your child wants to be a musical genius, a security technician, or random guy begging for donations on PBS, you can structure their education around them. If your child is planning to go to college, I do recommend doling out more than basic math and chemistry so they don’t have to take remedial classes. Each school has different ideas about credits and hours, so come up with a plan that fits your whole family.

Your student can absolutely graduate with a diploma. I threw up my cap and tassel in Central Park upon graduation. A diploma isn’t something a college asks for: it’s a fancy, feel-good paper that shows you’ve graduated. The important part is having a transcript of all the classes your child has taken (see here for more information on transcripts).

As for the “teaching” part of your question… that’s up to you. If your child is really self-motivated, they can learn from a textbook or DVD in a dark room. I always preferred having someone teach me, though. There are plenty of classes your child can take around your state, in local community colleges, and even on the Internet (with either simulated or live professors). My brother used Time4learning for online instruction during homeschool, for example.

Anyway, hopefully this is what you were looking for. If you or anyone else needs any more information, just let me know in the comments. Thanks! This is the Homeschool Survivor, signing out. Good luck, Marylou. To Ask a Homeschooler a question, just go to this page and ask away!

August 3, 2013


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