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From: Sharon (
Subject:         Re: graduating from homeschool
Date: December 21, 2008 at 11:18 am PST

In Reply to: graduating from homeschool posted by Sheila on December 20, 2008 at 5:03 pm:

For the attendance requirements, you might have to check your state homeschool laws. Graduation requirements might also depend on your state laws. In my state, you give a diploma (from your own home school) when you say he has completed your requirements because our mandatory attendance laws only apply until age 16.

And in my state, the testing has little to do with the stated grade level of the test, because each child is measured according to whether or not he is "making progress" at a level "commensurate with his ability", not according to the grade someone says he is in. In other words, test scores for a student are compared from one year to the next, not to a grade level standard.

However, if you are thinking about what to do about the SAT or ACT, you might want define your objectives so that you can decide for sure what grade level he is in for that purpose, which is sort of apart from any homeschool graduation or recordkeeping requirement. Colleges will look at his scores, and the score report shows how his scores compare with other college-bound high school seniors.

I just want to mention, on graduating early from high school, you might want to think about your goals in having him finish early, why you feel it would be a good thing for him to do this. Just because he has a lot of credits does not mean you *have* to graduate him. I have one son who will have over 30 credits by the time he finishes high school this year. He had 24.5 credits at the end of his junior year (11th grade). But we did not consider having him graduate early because we felt he was not ready for college and we had no plans for him to immediately enter the workforce as soon as we could get him through high school.

He has a ton of AP credits -- which will give him college credit, the same way you have with dual enrollment. In my state, dual enrollment is free for high schoolers - (homeschoolers have to pay for books, but nothing else). As soon as the homeschooled student graduates, he/she will have to start paying for college courses. So if dual enrollment is free for your son as a high school student, you might want to take advantage and let him do another year of high school and take more dual enrollment courses. They can all transfer for full college credit when he graduates. Just a thought if money is also a consideration.

In other words, what you decide to do records-wise may depend on your state law. Other considerations depend on how best to position your son for the next chapter in his life.


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