Homeschool Transcripts and Public Schools

Two families, two students, same question, same answer.

A mom called me for transcript help.  Her daughter homeschooled for two years, using Alpha Omega LifePacs and Weaver Curriculum for 9th and 10th grade.  Once her daughter got up to grade level, she wanted her to go back to public school.  She asked me how to get her homeschool transcript accepted by a public high school.

Today a father called me for transcript help.  His daughter homeschooled for one year, using Alpha Omega Switched on Schoolhouse during 9th grade.  Now he wants his daughter to go back into public school, and asked how to get his homeschool transcript accepted.

They both got the same answer:  there is no guarantee that a public high school will accept the credits a homeschool transcript. It's very easy to pull a child out of public school to homeschool them.  It's more difficult to put them BACK into public school.

Let's be clear about one thing, though.  Colleges don't give us nearly the trouble about our homeschool transcript!  Colleges are fairly used to seeing transcripts from unaccredited schools.  They are used to seeing kids will accredited transcripts who are poorly educated.  They know that "accredited" isn't all it's cracked up to be.  They will usually accept a homeschool transcript with the same wary eye as any other transcript, and we aren't at a disadvantage at all.  Not so with public high schools.  I'm not sure they just don't like the competition - our business as homeschoolers threatens their business, you know.  For some reason, they care much more about having control over a transcript.  Depending on the district, you have a 50/50 chance of having a particular homeschool class accepted by a local public school.

If you want to homeschool high school, it's a good idea to go into it knowing you'll continue for the full four years.  If you know you will only homeschool for a year or two, choose an accredited program, or an accrediting agency, which can give you greater security that your credits will transfer into a public high school.

If you are homeschooling, and you know you want to continue for all four years, do NOT worry about whether or not a public school will accept your transcript.  Maybe they would - if you gave it to them.  But frankly, if you continue homeschooling through high school, there IS NO REASON to give them your transcript. You don't give it to public schools at all, you give your transcript to the college.  And colleges understand.

I hope you feel stronger, knowing that your transcript has value to colleges!  Don't you worry about those persnickety public high schools.  You don't have to interact with them if you don't want to :-)

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Comments 7

Guest - Angie on Sunday, 22 May 2011 06:20

Thank you for reminding us of this. It is SO TRUE about the Public School Administrators. They feel threatened and therefore will NOT offer services to homeschoolers. However, IF you do need Special Services, they are required by LAW to get them to you if they cannot provide the service--can be worth it or not depending on the school administrators' desire to be helpful or not. Or you just want to help in elementary schools with your homeschoolers, ask the teachers first then have them ask principal.

Thank you for reminding us of this. It is SO TRUE about the Public School Administrators. They feel threatened and therefore will NOT offer services to homeschoolers. However, IF you do need Special Services, they are required by LAW to get them to you if they cannot provide the service--can be worth it or not depending on the school administrators' desire to be helpful or not. Or you just want to help in elementary schools with your homeschoolers, ask the teachers first then have them ask principal.
Guest - Carol on Thursday, 10 November 2011 06:32

When I was a high school student my family moved from another country to a city in Massachusetts. Since the public high school I had gone to in another country was not 'accredited' by MA and had a completely different curriculum and grading system, my mother had a terrible time with the public school as to what grade to place me in. They had no process by which to evaluate where to place me in high school. They could not bring themselves to believe the evaluation or judgment of another system or parent.

When I was a high school student my family moved from another country to a city in Massachusetts. Since the public high school I had gone to in another country was not 'accredited' by MA and had a completely different curriculum and grading system, my mother had a terrible time with the public school as to what grade to place me in. They had no process by which to evaluate where to place me in high school. They could not bring themselves to believe the evaluation or judgment of another system or parent.
Guest - Shannon on Tuesday, 23 October 2012 16:36

Lee,

You are providing help that is LONG overdue in the homeschool community. So many of us need the information you are giving us to stand up to the false pressure at all, and I am so thankful that you are here and sharing. Thank you!

God bless you!
Shannon

Lee, You are providing help that is LONG overdue in the homeschool community. So many of us need the information you are giving us to stand up to the false pressure at all, and I am so thankful that you are here and sharing. Thank you! God bless you! Shannon
Guest - Michelle on Saturday, 15 March 2014 19:46

One way that may be helpful is to use an accredited 'umbrella' school such as NARHS. We have friends that transitioned to public school successfully using that method.

One way that may be helpful is to use an accredited 'umbrella' school such as NARHS. We have friends that transitioned to public school successfully using that method.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Monday, 17 March 2014 11:54

Absolutely, Michelle! Parent partnership programs come at a price though, and usually many hoops to jump through. The important thing is that your transcripts---whether "accredited" or not, have value to colleges.

Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Absolutely, Michelle! Parent partnership programs come at a price though, and usually many hoops to jump through. The important thing is that your transcripts---whether "accredited" or not, have value to colleges. Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
Guest - Tammy on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 18:46

Thank you for the great information, advice, and encouragement Lee! My oldest homeschooler is in 10th grade now. She wanted to join our public school's choir her first year of high school (she has been educated at home K through present). The high school principal and guidance counselor were very accomodating. I was anxiouis about presenting a transcipt in order for them to accept her as a part-time student, but nothing has been requested. She has also participated in the school play and has the lead role in this fall's musical. This has been a great experience for her. She continues with her core curriculum classes at home.

Thank you for the great information, advice, and encouragement Lee! My oldest homeschooler is in 10th grade now. She wanted to join our public school's choir her first year of high school (she has been educated at home K through present). The high school principal and guidance counselor were very accomodating. I was anxiouis about presenting a transcipt in order for them to accept her as a part-time student, but nothing has been requested. She has also participated in the school play and has the lead role in this fall's musical. This has been a great experience for her. She continues with her core curriculum classes at home.
Guest - Assistant to The HomeScholar on Wednesday, 24 September 2014 21:13

Good job, Tammy!
It's wonderful that you found a way for her to have your supervision for most of her classes, while finding a way for her to be involved with choir!
Robin
Assistant to The HomeScholar

Good job, Tammy! It's wonderful that you found a way for her to have your supervision for most of her classes, while finding a way for her to be involved with choir! Robin Assistant to The HomeScholar
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