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  1. #1
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    Default Homeschooling with the idea of returning for middle school or high school

    If anyone has done this or is now, what kind of records did you keep? Report cards, transcripts?

    I'm planning to pull for my daughter for 4th grade, possibly through 6th. After that, not sure.

    I'm just curious how you transition back to a public school setting records wise.

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    We are doing this. I have met with the admissions office of the school to make sure there isn't any "surprises" when the time comes. I was told that as long as my kids have the mandated tests (3rd grade is all that is required here in GA until they get to middle school), are academically prepared and not in trouble with the law, there shouldn't be a problem. We plan to send to a private prep school - things may be different if you are sending kids back to public. I plan to have my kids take the ITBS or Stanford-10 each year until they enter the 6th grade.

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    I'm homeschooling ours through high school. However, as long as your daughter returns as a 9th grader, I don't think you have to provide any kinds of records other than what would be required of your state as a homeschooling family. In Indiana, our only "proof" needs to be proof of attendance for 180 days. I could march my children into registration for 9th grade, and they would be placed into 9th grade.

    The issue would be class placement (honors, regular, etc.) Most likely some kind of placement test would be given.

    The problem gets thorny if you want to return to high school after freshman year, but I know students have. Private schools tend to be easier to work with than public schools.
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    My son returned to ps for 8th grade this year after hs'ing for 5th through 7th. We just contacted the school and filled out the registration paperwork. It was that simple. Like Carol mentioned, for placement purposes, the school wanted to see his standardized test results for math to show he was capable of taking algebra 1 in eighth grade.
    ​​~ DD-12 homeschooled
    ~ DS-15 formerly homeschooled, now attending public school

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    Here it is the same, as long as you go back at the beginning of high school and no later you are fine. The problem comes with asking the high school to give any kind of credit for work at home, which they will not do. To get the high school diploma a student needs to complete a minimum number of classes at the high school.
    home schooling two dds 17(still waters) and 9(force of nature)

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    I've never heard of anywhere where you can't just go back in at the start of high school with only whatever records and tests are state mandated. "Transcripts" aren't even really a thing before high school.
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    In my province, kids get placed in a grade based on their age. You can do anything at any age and when you need to put them in school, you can just register them for whatever grade they happen to be the right age for. There are no pre-requisites, no records to keep, no transcripts, etc...

    The problem lies in high school. If you want high school credits, you have to take the high school course, whether you do it in a classroom or through "distance-learning" (correspondence). It is not possible to enter high school in Grade 11 and get any credit for Grade 10 courses.

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    Thanks everyone! We have various charter/ specialized schools besides the general public middle and high schools. But, good to know what the options are and procedures are. I'm in NY so we on,y have to test every other year starting in 4th but I might test every year just for our own record keeping.

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    Brand new here, but I actually know quite a bit about this.

    I homeschooled all but my youngest two children (six of them) through their elementary years. All but one of those entered public school sometime in their middle school years. I actually made a choice to NOT enter them after 9th grade because of the differences. In none of the states I have been in has the paperwork for the school itself been the problem. However, my own brother homeschooled through 9th grade and entered public high school at 10th grade. Our mother was a horrible record keeper and he was an athlete. When NCAA reviewed his records for collegiate sports eligibility, he couldn't prove he had Algebra I to NCAA. He nearly lost his scholarship over the mistake, and had to fight all summer before his freshman year. My oldest is very athletically talented and has a good possibility of getting collegiate sports scholarships. When he was entering middle school years was when my brother was going through his battle with NCAA.

    I am aware that NCAA has changed their policies for homeschoolers now. However, to prove NCAA eligibility as a homeschooler still requires a great deal of paperwork, and specifically moving from homeschool to high school in the middle of high school is harder. My brother begged me to transition my oldest at the end of middle school instead of high school, both to protect his academic record requirements and to give him at least a year of learning how to do "school" the way school systems expect it before hitting high school where it matters how well you do or don't do.

    Thus, I made a commitment to either transition them sometime in middle school, where I have never been required to provide any records, or to homeschool them all the way through high school.

    I see you are in NY. They have some of the highest recordkeeping requirements in the country. Honestly, I think the standards you are required to keep and submit to your district are sufficient. When we lived in NY, I discovered that the district actually keeps academic files on their homeschoolers where all of those records are kept anyway, so in NY at least, you already have records for your homeschooling. If you transfer to a different district, that file can be transferred as well. Living outside of NY before and after the point I lived there, I have set my standards of record keeping for high schoolers at the level NY requires standard because it's a good standard for what colleges are going to need to know.

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    This is all really interesting! We are new to homeschooling - does anyone know of a place to find state by state requirements? We are in Texas, and while my kids are only 6 and 8, I would be interested in finding out about high school requirements for re-entering homeschoolers.

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