This post is part of a series titled, “Homeschool Q&A.” The series features questions we’ve received from parents on a variety of topicsand the answers!

Q. How does a homeschooler get a high school diploma?

A. There are several ways homeschoolers can show they have completed their high school education. They can receive a diploma from a correspondence school, a distance learning program, or from their parents. Occasionally a student will get a GED. In most cases, parents create a diploma and give it to their student during a homeschool commencement.

A parent-generated high school diploma is well accepted by institutions of higher education. It is much preferred to a GED. People often think of a student with a GED as a high school dropout. This perception does not reflect the hard work and academic achievements of most homeschooled students.

From grades K-8, parents may choose to keep grades and informal school records for their own reference. At ninth grade, which is considered the beginning of high school, parents begin developing a formal record of courses and grades–a high school transcript.

When your high school student has completed the course of study you have planned, you, the parent, sign and issue his diploma. Parent-generated homeschool diplomas and transcripts are accepted by community colleges, state and private colleges, the military, employers, and a variety of other post secondary educational facilities.

With a homeschool transcript, good SAT scores, and a homeschool diploma, the door is open to higher education.

Home education is widely accepted as a mainstream educational alternative. You might be surprised to know homeschoolers score higher on college boards (SATs) than public or private school students. Colleges recruit homeschoolers because they have good character, they are often leaders on campus, and they complete their college education!

You can find more information about high school and diplomas for homeschoolers here!