High school is not difficult. If a family wants to continue homeschooling through high school, resources are available.
Diploma or Not?
If an accredited high school diploma is important to your child, then you will want to investigate some of the correspondence-courses available to high school students. This is can be similar to high-school by mail. Another option: there is at least one private school that allows homeschoolers to document their work, and (for a hefty fee) issues a diploma from their accredited school at the end of four years of study.
However, an accredited diploma is not necessary. If your student completes the high school course that you set for him, then you can award him a diploma. Colleges, the military, and employers are not obligated to accept that diploma, but you can award one. It is sometimes possible to request a diploma through one of the state homeschool groups (if that is important to your student, your prospective college, grandparents, etc.). Colleges will accept students without an accredited diploma. In fact, many colleges actively recruit homeschoolers.
It is recommended that homeschoolers not take the GED, as that tends to carry the stigma of “dropout.” If a college or employer pushes for a GED, Homeschool Legal Defense Association can help members get the policy changed to recognize your legally completed education. For students who did not drop out of school, a GED is inappropriate.
Course Load & Curriculum
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