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From: jennifer juniper (
Subject:         Re: What about diplomas for college entrance and jobs?
Date: August 9, 2012 at 7:34 am PST

In Reply to: What about diplomas for college entrance and jobs? posted by Guest on May 2, 2011 at 3:28 pm:

This is a subject of debate. Our homeschool association says their experience is that it is better to develop a portfolio of work and print your own professional looking homemade diploma if you want so you have something to use. Each spring they hold a homeschool graduation and present diplomas to those who want them. Incidentally they also support the kids with a prom and a yearly class reunion picnic as well. Some kids in our association go ahead and take the GED (only not very many). General consensus is that this is the best thing to do IF you are pretty young and gifted and want to start college early because it is universally accepted as having achieved a certain level of education. HOWEVER, most people I know say that there is really no reason to do so and that to some a GED marks you as not having graduated from high school. The truth is that if you have completed a full homeschooling program YOU HAVE graduated from it, most people in my experience do not have a problem entering college or getting a job and you HAVE graduated if you have completed whatever your state says you need to do. Also, remember many colleges look at the SAT/ACT test scores as evidence of the quality of education your child has received. Homeschooling is increasingly common these days. It's not some freaky rare thing that it used to be. Again, though, focus on developing that portfolio because SOME colleges might want to see that. ALSO concentrate on making sure your homeschooler DOES STUFF like volunteer in the community, clubs, sports, community choirs, etc. Like a traditionally schooled child, many colleges and jobs will look for a pattern of accomplishment, all of which can be accomplished perfectly well without stepping foot inside what I call a "cow school."

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