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    So, I was just wondering......those of you hsing through high school (or planning to do so).

    Are you choosing an online or correspondence option for high school in order to get an "accredited" diploma. In other words, are you paying for what you feel is legitimacy?

    Are you looking into the legitimacy for the accreditation? How?

    Do you feel that you couldn't care less about having an "accredited" diploma, or do you think that you HAVE to have that accreditation? What about the GED?

    Have you already graduated a homeschool, high schooler? What was your experience? Did you have any problems going either way?
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    We're not to this stage quite yet, but I think most of it is massively overblown. I used to work at a private school that was not accredited (they later began the process). Students had no trouble getting into colleges or other programs. Well, that's an overstatement... but academically worthy students were not held back by that - getting into the college you want is always a challenge.

    I think it's especially unnecessary if you're using online education as a component of your high school program (alongside home taught subjects, CC classes, independent studies, AP exams, etc. etc.). Since there are decent options that are accredited, if you're trying to get an actual diploma online I guess I'd factor it into my decision of pros and cons of various schools.
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    I wonder if some are drawn to option A as opposed to option B, because they are accredited......meaning, the whole "stars in their eyes" effect. And do those people look into the accreditation, as well.


    Like you, Farrar, I also feel it's unnecessary.
    Last edited by muddylilly; 11-11-2015 at 11:48 AM.
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    Absolutely did NOT care that my kids have/will have an unaccredited diploma or transcript. Before they reached high school age, I had done a lot of reading and researching and realized they did not need one to be accepted to college as homeschooled students, which was one of our educational goals.

    Instead, I kept an updated transcript as they progressed through high school, complete with course descriptions, grading policy, and textbooks or resources used. Most of their classes were "home taught" but they also had dual credit and some MOOCs. They also took the PSAT and the SAT (and daughter took ACT as well). The combination of those things allowed my daughter to not only be accepted to University of Iowa but also receive three scholarships and participate in the Honors program. DS has already been accepted to Purdue for next year and is waiting to hear from four more universities.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Purdue West Lafayette, Inmom? Congrats to him! That's awesome

    Please keep us updated on the other four. (you know which school I'm rooting for..lol)
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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMom View Post
    Purdue West Lafayette, Inmom? Congrats to him! That's awesome

    Please keep us updated on the other four. (you know which school I'm rooting for..lol)
    Yes, the computer science program at West Lafayette. Part of me hopes he picks Purdue or Michigan since they are close, but he has to do what he feels is right. Bummer....
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I feel ya on that one. Every time I feel like Elle is too far from home, I remind myself that a lot of people have kids a thousand miles...or a continent or two away! Kinda keeps things in perspective.

    If he goes to U of M with Elle...I really think he'll love it. She's been so happy there, and it's a fantastic school.

    Have heard really good things about their computer science program....US News and World Report lists it as 13th best computer science program in the nation.

    Where ever he goes...I'm sure he'll have success. Sounds like you've prepared him well

    So...Purdue, U of M....what are the other three contenders?
    Last edited by CrazyMom; 11-11-2015 at 03:02 PM.
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    One kid, Elle, Sophomore at The University of Michigan studying Cell/ Molecular Biology Go Blue!
    One hubby, 23yrs

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMom View Post
    I feel ya on that one. Every time I feel like Elle is too far from home, I remind myself that a lot of people have kids a thousand miles...or a continent or two away! Kinda keeps things in perspective.

    If he goes to U of M with Elle...I really think he'll love it. She's been so happy there, and it's a fantastic school.

    Have heard really good things about their computer science program....US News and World Report lists it as 13th best computer science program in the nation.

    Where ever he goes...I'm sure he'll have success. Sounds like you've prepared him well

    So...Purdue, U of M....what are the other three contenders?
    I may have helped with the academic basics, but the rest is ALL him.

    I have to hand it to DS, he is determined, and he does aim high. Michigan's ranking is one of the reasons he applied there. He also really liked the campus and talking to some other CS majors when he visited there; he's a difficult kid to impress that way. He only picked computer science programs in the top 20. The other three schools he applied to are Georgia Tech, University of Washington-Seattle (although I really don't see him in a Microsoft world....) and Stanford.

    I might have to deal with the "thousands of miles away" issue with DD as she'll spend Xmas break starting to apply to the Dublin Writer's Workshop this summer. Thankfully for ME, it's only 6 weeks!!
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Studying writing in IRELAND! She has to. If she can get into that program, she has to go. People who love words...love Ireland. It's like a religious pilgrimage for writers to go to Ireland. They're...just...called there. LOL! Trip of a lifetime.

    Europe isn't so bad. Just a hop across the pond. LOL. And if it's only 6 weeks...you'll still see quite a bit of her

    Awesome lineup of schools for your son! Hope he gets into all of them, and gets to pick his favorite. (Would be hard not to go to Stanford if accepted!)

    Elle is talking about studying abroad, too. (I feel your pain) But she's waiting until Junior year. This summer, she's hoping to get an REU postion. There are a couple of biological stations within a couple hundred miles, and the CDC in Georgia is on her list.

    Such an exciting time of life for these guys!
    Last edited by CrazyMom; 11-11-2015 at 03:46 PM.
    Retired Home Schooler
    One kid, Elle, Sophomore at The University of Michigan studying Cell/ Molecular Biology Go Blue!
    One hubby, 23yrs

    Not a fan of homophobe, Everett Piper, who is sometimes promoted by others at this site. Read about him here:: http://www.rightwingwatch.org/conten...itics-hate-god
    CAUTION: might make blasphemous remarks that could potentially offend religious people. Please use ignore feature if sensitive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrazyMom View Post
    Such an exciting time of life for these guys!
    I KNOW!! I seems such a short time ago DD was reading Laura Ingalls Wilder and coloring while DS was collecting everything dinosaur and truck.

    I hope Elle gets the position and location she's hoping for!!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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