Graduation high school homeschool is an important way to honor your homeschooler’s accomplishments, so make sure you’re prepared for graduation from high school! Don’t wait until the last minute to for high school graduation and college preparation, including preparing a diploma for homeschool graduation! Here’s how to graduate your homeschooled student and set them up for college life or heading out into the world!
GUIDE TO GRADUATION HIGH SCHOOL HOMESCHOOL
Part of your homeschool plan for high school should be looking ahead to homeschool high school graduation requirements and what your homeschooler plans to do after graduation.
Plus, your homeschool graduation day should be just as important as if your kid went to conventional public school high school!
Homeschool Graduation Requirements
What does a homeschooler need to graduate?
The first thing you need to do is check your state homeschool laws and see if there are specific graduation requirements. You may be surprised to learn that most states do not have specific homeschooling graduation requirements. As the educational institute, homeschooling parents set the requirements for graduation, often based on the student’s plan after high school graduation.
If your student plans to go to college, check the university or college requirements of one (or more) of the schools of interest to help guide you in the courses needed for admission requirements.
What Are You Going to Do After You Graduate?
One of the ways you can plan for homeschool graduation is to ask your high school student’s plan. Do they plan for college, vocational school, or trade school? Are they a homeschooler going into the military? Is your homeschooler getting a job? Even having a loose understanding of your homeschooler’s future goals will you plan for things like course basics required by colleges, credit requirements, and even electives.
How do homeschoolers get high school transcripts?
Your homeschool high school transcripts are issued by the parents, as the issuing educational institute, or any umbrella school or affiliate. A homeschool transcript can model that same format as a public school transcript (by using a transcript template) or can be different and more like a CV format and can still be submitted to college admissions and scholarships.
If you are homeschooled do you get a diploma?
How do homeschoolers get a high school diploma? In the case of homeschooling, the educational institute is made up of the parents who are homeschooling the child, so they issue the homeschool diploma. The homeschooling parent(s) print and sign an official diploma template that includes all of the same information as found on a diploma from a traditional conventional or public school. The diploma then serves as the student’s official completion documentation and may be submitted to employers, businesses, colleges, military, or any other time the graduate needs to present a high school diploma.
Homeschool Standardized Testing
What test do homeschoolers take to graduate?
In the majority of states, there are no homeschool graduation requirements, including standardized graduation test requirements. However, check with your homeschool state for specific laws and requirements. After that, check with the university or college your student is interested in for admission test requirements. Many will require ACT or SAT tests as part of admission requirements.
How many credits do you need to graduate high school homeschool?
Homeschool high school credit requirements will vary by state and can be from 26 high school credits all the way down to 13 required credits, so check your state laws. Although many states won’t have specific homeschool credit requirements, homeschool credits are also based on what your student’s goals are after homeschool graduation. Check with colleges and universities of choice and note their admission credit requirements.
*this is for conventional school (public school requirements by state) and not homeschool requirements. However, some parents like to use public school high school credits as a guide
How do homeschoolers keep high school records?
High school homeschool record keeping is actually a very important part of homeschooling. As the homeschooler’s educational institute, homeschooling parents are the ones who issue a home school diploma that will be used for jobs, college admission, scholarships and more. In order to do this, it’s important to be organized in homeschool high school record keeping.
What records do I need to keep for homeschooling?
The type of records that you need to keep for homeschooling will vary based on state laws and regulations and also what your child plans on doing after high school.
In general homeschoolers keep school records like:
- Lesson plans
- Courses (subjects) and descriptions
- Report cards/grades or progress reports
- Samples of school work
- Transcripts by grades
- Standardized test scores
- College entrance test scores
- Immunization records
You can keep track of homeschool information with a homeschool planner or software.
How do homeschoolers graduate early?
Some homeschoolers graduate early so they can move on to other paths (college, jobs, etc.).
How to graduate early from high school homeschool:
- Signing up for dual enrollment homeschool programs / college
- Increasing course load
- Condensing lessons
- Testing for credit / testing out of
- Using accelerated curriculum homeschool programs
- Going to year-round homeschool
- Searching out online high schools that allow you to graduate early
Can you have homeschool graduation with honors?
Homeschool graduation honors are tricky because you may be required to justify the honors credits in detail. Check your state’s homeschool laws and regulations to see if specific policies outline honors requirements.
As one example, the Indiana Department of Education classifies public school honors in this way:
“Schools may designate a course as ―Honors or PreAP when the course content is significantly more rigorous than the state approved course. Honors-level courses must be standards-based, have defined criteria for student admission to the course as well as clear expectations of student outcomes, and include a culminating honors project that reflects understanding of the Honors course content. The course description should reflect the honors nature of the course and course titles should include an ‘H’ or the word ―Honors or PreAP in the title.”
If you homeschool in Indiana, you are not required to follow this for honors or AP (Advanced Placement) courses. But, you may choose to use this as a guideline on how to designate homeschool honors courses.
Even with all that said, if you want to have a gold cord graduation for homeschoolers, you can! Remember, you can have a graduation ceremony that honors or highlight’s your graduate’s achievements over the years without calling it “honors.”
Can you get scholarships if your homeschooled?
Yes, your homeschooler can get a homeschool scholarship just like public or private school students and are often eligible for the same college scholarships as other students. There are many organizations that allow for homeschool students to apply for scholarships as long as they are meeting the application requirements or the any qualifying test requirements (like PSAT or NMSQT scores).
Do homeschoolers have a graduation ceremony?
Yes, homeschoolers have a graduation ceremony, too! Some areas have homeschool associations, co-ops, or groups that sponsor homeschool graduation ceremonies. In other areas, homeschool parents may decide to have a private homeschool graduation ceremony for their graduate. Either way, the celebrations include can include sending out homeschool graduation announcements, a graduation speech, graduation tassel side switch, and even the traditional graduation music.
Whether or not your graduate wants to participate in a graduation ceremony is completely up to your family and not required.