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High School Diploma Programs at Local Colleges

Find_a_WayFind_a_Way Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
I'm 14 at the moment, going up to 9th grade in September. I want to take classes at a college (NOT homeschooling...not again) for a high school diploma program, but I have no idea which colleges offer these kind of things. I tried some colleges and they said the programs they offer do not have 'diploma-earning' classes.

As a few of you may already know I'm considering EPGY Online HS, but I really want to GO somewhere and interact with other people while learning rather than having to do it alone in front of a computer. I'm so sick of that.

Can anyone help me with this?
<3 Briana
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Replies to: High School Diploma Programs at Local Colleges

  • atomomatomom Posts: 3,419Registered User Senior Member
    You can take all the classes you want at your local college if they'll accept you (do they have an age limit, do they require standardized tests/placement tests?)

    Then have your parents put those classes/grades on your "homeschool"
    high school transcript and design/print up your own diploma.

    Remember, a diploma is a piece of paper. Many colleges don't care if you have one or not.
    And most others who "require a HS diploma" don't care who printed it as long as you have the transcript and test scores to back it up.
  • Find_a_WayFind_a_Way Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
    oh alrighty thanx. im going to post a thread about the GED, though.
  • homeskulmomhomeskulmom Posts: 150Registered User Junior Member
    If you are going to take classes at a local college for a high school diploma, you can't also have a GED. Two high school diplomas are overkill.

    You'll need to decide which path you want to take towards a high school diploma: online courses, community college courses, GED, etc. Some community colleges offer an alternative to a high school diploma which is recognized by the state in which you live and you should contact the schools via web or phone to discover what the requirements are. I know someone in NY who is working towards his diploma at CC. I think the requirements are 30 credits, distributed among English, Math, History, and Science. When he's done, he'll have a state recognized high school diploma AND 30 credits towards an Associates degree at the college, which he can then finish by receiving 30 more credits.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    What state do you live in? Are your parents supportive of you taking college classes instead of how you are currently homeschooling? and are they willing to pay?

    My suggestion would be that you take a look at the standard requirements for a high school diploma at a college prep type school nearby (usually 4 English, 4 math, etc).

    Then take a look at the requirements for an associates degree at the local community college.

    add whatever you need from the high school diploma requirements to the associates degree requirements -- make a list and have your parents agree that completing those requirements will give you a homeschool diploma.

    I would not go the GED route -- unless you want to graduate ASAP and head to the community college. The GED is looked down upon by many schools, they would rather see a homeschool diploma.
  • MagsMomMagsMom Posts: 177Registered User Junior Member
    Briana -remind us why you are not considering your local high school? It seems to me that this might be a good alternative to someone who is looking for interacting with other students.
  • Find_a_WayFind_a_Way Posts: 241Registered User Junior Member
    MagsMom- its because our local high schools are VERY bad with academics and such. that's why is started home-schooling in the first place. but the colleges are not in my neighborhood and are pretty much decent.

    i am in california.
  • hsmomstefhsmomstef Posts: 3,579Registered User Senior Member
    I liked this info I just found on the internet --

    "What's the difference between a high school diploma and a GED? The GED is an exam comprising five areas: writing skills, social studies, science, interpreting literature, and mathematics. Completion does not give you a high school diploma; you are a "GED holder". Completion of an accredited high school program, including meeting credit requirements, results in the granting of a high school diploma; you are a "high school graduate".

    I can understand why you don't want to homeschool anymore via computer/online courses. My son did that for 2 years in middle school and he really missed the interaction and intellectual stimulation of a group. Now, he does community college classes, a few self-study and an occasional online class if that is the only way to study the subject.

    I think the combination of a high school diploma and associates degree is a good one. as far as entering college -- you could then transfer to a california state college as a junior, or apply to an out of state competitive college as a freshman. my understanding is that college classes taken as dual enrollment (for high school credit) do not impact your status as a freshman, no matter how many you have. It is getting more and more common for kids (not just homeschoolers) to take dual enrollment classes.

    Talk to your parents about the money (paying for cc isn't too expensive, usually) figure out transportation and take a look at the degree requirements -- I think you would enjoy the experience!
  • MagsMomMagsMom Posts: 177Registered User Junior Member
    Thanks for the clarification - just wanted to understand where you were coming from.

    Is your local HS unsafe? I can see how that would be a problem and would not want my D going to any school that was unsafe.

    Have you considered boarding school? I know some schools will give excellent scholarships/grants. Also remember there are many many boarding schools not just the ones hyped up on this forum.

    Are you going to have any trouble with getting to and from CC? What about finances? Oh, I know a homeschooled girl who will be turning 16 this summer and she is starting (with a FULL scholarship) at Converse College this fall.

    Are your parents backing you with this process? What are they doing to help you out?
  • tokenadulttokenadult Posts: 17,473Super Moderator Senior Member
    Find_a_Way, what kind of college would you like to get an undergraduate degree from? It sounds like you are an advanced learner, looking for intellectual peers. One issue to be wary of is enrolling at a degree program at a college unless

    a) you really want to get your undergraduate degree from that college, or

    b) that college offers a convenient path for transfering into the college you really want to go to.

    My son has just received his admission notification from EPGY Online High School. It sounds like many students who are signing up are students looking for more challenge than they can find in local high schools.

    What trade-offs are most important to you? How much is money to pay for your education an issue?
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