Dear Helping Hand,
How can I make sure that my homeschooled child gets an accredited diploma? I don’t want to deal with "diploma mills" yet I’d like the freedom to customize our program as we’ve done all along. Any suggestions?
When it comes to homeschoolers offering accredited diplomas to other homeschoolers, Pennsylvania Homeschoolers are pioneers! If this is an important issue to you, I’d encourage you to get in touch with them and find out how they went about implementing their diploma program. Check out all the information on their website: www.pahomeschoolers.com. You can also reach them at PA Homeschoolers, RD 2, Box 117, Kittanning, PA 16201. They offer online Advanced Placement classes in a variety of subjects as well as a monthly newsletter that gets rave reviews.
Here are my closing thoughts on the subject of high-school diplomas from home. Remember, I’m not an expert, just a fellow homeschooling mom who likes to go digging for information. In our particular state (Texas) homeschoolers are considered private schools. Therefore my children will receive a diploma from our "private school." Accreditation is not an issue for me for two reasons. First, we’re not homeschooling to imitate what the government schools are doing. I neither want nor need their approval. Second, after talking to numerous other homeschooling parents, I’ve learned that what colleges really look at are the college board scores. For the college bound in our area the SAT scores carry much more weight than a diploma and transcripts.
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