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Graduation Photos from Allyson

Graduation Photos from Allyson
How are you going to make your child's high school graduation special? Check out these awesome photos from my Gold Care Club member, Allyson. Graduati...
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Graduation Photos from Kelly

Graduation Photos from Kelly
It's graduation season and I love seeing the unique graduation experiences of homeschoolers! This is how Kelly celebrated with her son the beekeeper! ...
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Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements

Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements
For many homeschoolers, college follows shortly after graduation. Gaining college admission and scholarships is the concluding act of your homeschooling career. Let me show you how to do it. Click to register for my free class: College Applications Simply ExplainedHomeschool law may not be the same as the law covering public or private schools. In Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely different...
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Lisa Lane
I have been seeing that the high schools are changing their graduation requirements for different graduating years. For example, ... Read More
Monday, 24 February 2020 23:38
Lee Binz
Hi Lisa! Robin is absolutely correct - you only need to follow homeschool law graduation requirements, not public school graduatio... Read More
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:47
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your comment! You identified a really important point - all homeschool parents must watch homeschool current e... Read More
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:25
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Can You Give a Homeschool Diploma?

Can You Give a Homeschool Diploma?
When a child graduates from your homeschool, can you give a homeschool diploma? YES! When you homeschool within your state law, you become an official homeschool. You can give your child an official homeschool diploma.For many homeschoolers, college comes after homeschooling. Let me teach you expert strategies for choosing a college that will love your student ALMOST as much as you do. Click to download my free ebook: Find a College You Love!When I speak to...
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Guest — Tony
Hello Sara, thanks for clarifying my question. Does this mean that almost anyone can be their own "high school" as long as they fi... Read More
Monday, 27 January 2020 00:53
Hi Tony, Cover schools are required in very few locations. Parents are certainly capable, and within their rights to be "their ow... Read More
Monday, 27 January 2020 21:18
Guest — Sara
Thank you!
Friday, 19 August 2016 14:24
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Graduation Stories Needed

Graduation Stories Needed
Graduation Stories Needed Have you been helped by my resources over the years? Do you have a high school graduate? I need your help!I would love to be able to share your graduation story on my blog! Graduation Photos and Stories WantedHomeschool moms and dads are wondering how real homeschoolers graduate their children, and would love to see pictures of what that looks like. If you have a graduation celebration, cap & gown photos, party pictures,...
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Homeschool Graduation by Jean

Homeschool Graduation by Jean
Homeschool Graduation by Jean What will your homeschool graduation look like?Jean was kind enough to share her graduation day photos. There were only two graduates in this ceremony. There were a couple of others in the homeschool group that were graduating this year, but they didn't want to be recognized in a service. Each family of the two graduates invited whomever they wanted to attend the ceremony and reception. Together, the two families invited over 400...
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Guest — Nancy Luckhof
We are currently in the planning stage of our home school graduation ceremony and party! As missionaries in the Philippines, we ha... Read More
Sunday, 07 June 2015 17:31
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
What a lovely gift to give your son, Nancy! His graduation will be a loving memory, in addition to a call to ministry. You are giv... Read More
Monday, 08 June 2015 15:55
Guest — Robin Helzer
I wholeheartedly agree that graduation should be celebrated. A lot of hard work from both the parents and the student should be re... Read More
Saturday, 23 May 2015 10:27
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Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships

Following Advice for 3 Years = College Admission and Scholarships
What is it like to homeschool? Great fun experiences and opportunities! And as the homeschool parent, you can put the academics awesomeness into your high school records. I just got a sweet letter from Kathy explaining how she used a hike up Mt. Fuji for a PE class, for example. Feel FREE to look outside the box, and do whatever works with your child to help them learn, and prepare them for college admission and scholarships!...
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College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous

College and Career Planning for Teens Who Will be Famous
College and Career Planning for Teens who will be Famous Guiding your child with their college and career planning when sports or music is their passion can be difficult. It is also very necessary. Things change a LOT with sports-minded and musically-inclined kids over time. A simple injury can change the trajectory completely. I encourage you to guide your children as if they will go to college at age 18, applying as normal. That way, when...
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When Should I Graduate My Child?

When Should I Graduate My Child?
When Should I Graduate My Child? When is it ok to graduate your homeschool high school student? Click on Lee's video, below, to find out! How did you determine when to graduate your child? Please share! Subscribe to my YouTube channel. You will be notified when I create new videos on homeschool high school topics! If your child is about to graduate, check out the Options After High School (Online Training) class for some guidance on...
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Guest — Mary
I think one of the big keys to graduation depends upon how you want to get scholarships. If you want to have the biggest selectio... Read More
Saturday, 22 November 2014 19:15
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Good point, Mary! In her article Each College is Unique Lee reminds us that it's important to find out from prospective colleges w... Read More
Sunday, 23 November 2014 23:20
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They Grow Up and Leave Home: Sending Your Child to College

They Grow Up and Leave Home: Sending Your Child to College
Homeschoolers seem to have one thing in common - they LOVE their children. They love having children, they love being around their children, and they love having their children live at home. I'm not implying for a moment that their children are perfectly behaved, or that everything is always blissful. I've BEEN a homeschool parent, so I KNOW that isn't true! In general, you're going to be sad when it is sending your child to college time....
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Guest — Karen
Thank you for the article Lee. Sorry for the lengthy comment. My only son has been off at college 2 full years now, so time has... Read More
Monday, 04 May 2015 18:51
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Oh Karen! I think we all feel a bitter sweet mix of sadness and victory when our children graduate. I love the idea of looking fo... Read More
Tuesday, 05 May 2015 16:09
Guest — Lisa
Thank you for this article today. You've helped me through the high school years more than you could realize!!
Thursday, 27 November 2014 06:25
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Tips for New Empty Nesters

Tips for New Empty Nesters
Tips for New Empty Nesters I found a marvelous collection of articles for parents that are sending their children off to college and becoming empty nesters. Check these out and let me know what you think!  Tips for First-Years This article has some tips on how to stay in touch with your child. What I loved even more, though, was this list: 3 Simple Steps for Academic Success Go to class.Do all of the homework and reading.Get...
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How Homeschool Graduates Enlist in the Army

How Homeschool Graduates Enlist in the Army
Good news for homeschoolers who want to enlist in the army upon graduation: they can!In the past, it may have been a detriment. Years ago homeschoolers had been put on par with high school dropouts when trying to enlist with the army, and a GED® was required. Why? Because the best predictor of a student's likelihood of adapting to the military is a traditional high school diploma. Now enlistment parameters have changed.Today homeschoolers are considered "Tier...
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Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan

Super Senior or Delayed Graduation: The 5 Year Plan
When deciding whether or not you'll have your student do a 5th year of high school, or a Super Senior year, you'll need to weigh the desires and maturity of your student against their age and abilities. It's normal for a child to graduate high school between the ages of 17 and 20. For many parents, that means that you can provide a 5th year of high school and still graduate your child on time. Although graduating...
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Guest — Olga Houston
I have a question about super senior year. My son is doing a super senior year for the purpose of STOA debate tournaments. I sig... Read More
Tuesday, 17 May 2016 18:58
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Hi Olga! Those are some good questions! These are the kind of questions people ask Lee during Gold Care Club consultations, becaus... Read More
Wednesday, 18 May 2016 13:44
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What Can We Learn From Pennsylvania Homeschoolers?

What Can We Learn From Pennsylvania Homeschoolers?
According to, homeschoolers in Pennsylvania may receive high school credit if they do any ONE of the following in a course:1. Complete two-thirds of a textbook2. Have 120 daily logged entries3. Have 120 hours of logged study4. Complete a 10 page research paper5. Complete a college course6. Pass an AP exam What Can We Learn From Homeschoolers in Pennsylvania? Do any ONE of the followingYou don't have to do ALL of them. You don't have to complete...
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Guest — Dottie
I enjoyed this article. It gives me a few new ideas on how to assess my children entering high school next year. I knew about the ... Read More
Friday, 31 May 2013 03:44
Guest — Lee
Thanks Audrey! I appreciate you for taking the time and spelling that out. Blessings, Lee
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 07:11
Guest — Audrey
As a PA resident, I will defend PA Homeschoolers. Remember this is just one of several diploma programs in the state. Unlike other... Read More
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 04:41
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Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age

Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age
When homeschool kids are younger, and someone asked about grade level, it's not uncommon for a parent to say, "Well...she is in third grade reading, 5th grade math, and can spell at a 7th grade level!" Rarely did you hear a parent come right out and say, "He is 7 years old, therefore he is in 2nd grade." However, in high school the pressure to assign grade levels can be intense. Homeschool Grade Levels and Graduation Age...
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Guest — Lee
Awesome job, Mary! So important to personalize your homeschool. Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 06 August 2015 11:44
Guest — Mary
I would just like to add that we can graduate them from high school when we desire and there are many factors to consider. They c... Read More
Wednesday, 05 August 2015 13:17
Guest — Deborah
We graduated my son from high school but felt that he needed another year of something besides academics. He took a gap year, work... Read More
Wednesday, 08 April 2015 06:48
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More Encouraging Posts

  • October Gold Care Club Update

    New for this month in the Gold Care Club updates ... 

    How To Training Courses

    Quick Start : Keys to High School Success
    : Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 2/3
    Intermediate : Delight Directed Learning
    Advanced : Getting the Big Scholarships
    : Finding the Faith to Homeschool High School (live)

    Members Only Webinar

    Junior Year is the Key to High

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  • 7 Ways to Get Scholarships at Private Universities

    How do you get better scholarships at a private college? These strategies will go a long way to making sure you get the best possible financial aid package.  

    1. Demonstrate interest - visits and phone calls, or Skype if you can't visit. What Colleges Really Want is Demonstrated Interest
    2. Exceed the average test scores of other applicants. How to Ace the
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  • How Many APs Should My Student Take?

    Don't get caught up in the AP hype. You don't need a million APs in high school . In fact, you really shouldn't have too many  APs . All tests and no fun make a dull teen. A recent study of 400,000 entrants to about 100 colleges proves that high school sanity reigns supreme.

    How Many APs should your student take? Here are

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  • Putting Public School Classes on Your Homeschool Transcript

    When your child has taken homeschool AND public school classes, it's best to create a homeschool transcript that is a summary of ALL educational experiences.

    public school classes on your homeschool transcript

    As I explain in my book, Setting the Records Straight you want to be the clearing house, so that the sum of all your child's education is in your single homeschool transcript document. Here are

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    Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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