Graduation Requirements for Homeschool Students

A valid high school diploma is a critical component for the transition from childhood to adulthood. Many employers will not hire an adult that doesn’t have a G.E.D. or high school diploma, and colleges also have similar requirements. If you are a homeschooled student it can be difficult to understand what you need to do in order to be granted a valid state high school diploma. The problems rest in the way that state laws are written that relate to high school graduation requirements.

Tip #1 – Realize That Most State Graduation Requirements Apply to Public Schools Only

The first thing that you need to understand about the laws that most states write about the requirements for high school graduation really only apply to public schools. These laws have been written to ensure that public schools are meeting standards set by the Federal government. These standards often determine eligibility for federal funding. However, some state graduation requirements are going to apply to homeschool programs as well. This is where the confusion comes into the picture.

Tip #2 – Talk With Your County Superintendent

A good resource for finding what is required to earn a valid high school diploma is your county superintendent. This person will be able to tell you how many credits in each subject you will be required to earn in order to get your high school diploma. They will also be able to tell you what paper work will be required in order to get your diploma.

Tip #3 – College Preparatory Courses

Just because homeschool students have a lot more lea way in regards to what classes are required for graduation does not mean that they can skimp on high quality classes. If the student plans on attending college they need to make sure they focus their curriculum on college track courses. College track courses usually include four years of science, four years of social studies including American history and American government, two years of foreign language and four years of English coursework.

Tip #4 – Focus on High School Credits

If you want to graduate from a homeschool program you need to make sure you earn enough credits. Generally you will need a minimum of 19 credits in most states to earn a diploma. However, if you want to get into college it is better to shoot for 23 or more credits. Again your state or county superintendent is a good resource for identifying how many credits you will need in order to earn your high school diploma.