Answers to Common Home School Questions

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Are you planning to home school your child? If you want to be fully prepared, you’ve come to the right place. Below, we answer some of the common questions about homeschooling. You can learn more and ask experts when you attend one of our homeschooling conventions this year.

Do homeschooled children get report cards?

Report cards are issued by schools for two reasons: to let the students know how they’re doing and to let the parents know how their children are doing. This is why parents who choose to home school their children don’t have to issue a report card unless they live in a state that requires one—but this serves another purpose.

If a report card is not required in your area but you think it will be useful, you can issue one. Report cards can also be issued to take advantage of the good student discount on auto insurance.

Do homeschooled children get diplomas?

It’s much like report cards. A diploma is simply a document stating that the student has met the requirements of the program. It’s issued by the person or institution that supervised and managed the individual’s education. Homeschoolers can give their children a diploma after all the requirements have been met.

It’s not required especially if your child will not go to college, but you can make it a part of goal setting. What’s more important is to keep track of the courses completed and the materials used. This is why recordkeeping is a common topic in our workshops.

Without report cards or diplomas from educational institutions, can a homeschooled individual go to college?

The short answer is, “Of course!” In fact, many US colleges and universities acknowledge the growing popularity of homeschooling. Some of them have dedicated a page on their websites for homeschooled applicants. Typically, traditionally schooled and homeschooled applicants fill out the same application form or go through the same process. Therefore, it’s best to prepare the documents that a college or university may require whether you’ve just decided to home school your child or you’ve been doing so for a couple years.

Whatever your child’s plan is, keeping a transcript is a good idea. Join one of our conventions this year for tips from the best home school authors and speakers.

Are there laws that govern the home school process?

Yes. There are laws and regulations that govern homeschooling to make sure that the children still get a quality education. While homeschoolers get to have more control of the schedule, teaching methods, and other aspects, they can’t do just whatever they want.

Again, states have different requirements and laws related to homeschooling. It’s best to consult the authorities in your area and to talk to experienced homeschoolers. For valuable advice, sign up for the Great Homeschool Convention near you and choose the workshops that suit your needs.

We’re sure you still have a lot of questions, so we’re inviting you to join one of our home school conventions this year. Our speakers have a lot of information to share, and our vendors are excited to help you find the best homeschooling resources.