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Homeschool diploma - Employers?

RightBehindU92RightBehindU92 Registered User Posts: 29 New Member
edited September 2006 in Home Schooling and College
After highschool...which isn't really going to last long for me, just until I'm able to take the SAT's and the ACT's, but anyway, due to heavy family opposition to homeschool anyway, I'm either going to do a correspondence diploma, like American School, even though straight book learning isn't the easiest for me, or I'll take the GED. The GED really doesn't bother me - with the GED, employers know you can READ, as with a lot of high school graduates, they can't read past 6th grade level.

But anyway..to those how have done the whole homeschool diploma thing, how has this flew with employers? I think for a year after highschool, I'm gonna work, to get work experience and to have time away from book learning; then I'm probably going to enroll in the cc.

input please
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Replies to: Homeschool diploma - Employers?

  • hsmamainvahsmamainva Registered User Posts: 130 Junior Member
    I wouldn't think it would matter. You could just list "Homeschooled" under school and put down your graduation date.

    I graduated from public school and have had to list school, city & state, and graduation date...no one ever actually asked to see my diploma.

  • TheVeganActressTheVeganActress Registered User Posts: 6,666 Senior Member
    A diploma is just the piece of paper. As long as you can say you finished homeschooling, you can tell employers you "graduated with a diploma".
  • OpiefromMayberryOpiefromMayberry Registered User Posts: 1,629 Senior Member
    The only issue I would have with homeschooling as an employer would depend on the type of business I ran. My worry would be about interactions with a wide variety of people and how the homeschooler handles it. One real life advantage of public HS is you have to deal with everybody, not a select like minded few. So that is about the only thing I would have reservations about..interaction with others.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,364 Senior Member
    Nobody will ask to see a copy of your diploma. You may be asked if you are a "high school graduate" or if you have a "high school diploma" on an application form. Just say "yes." IMO It is helpful if your homeschool has a name. If anyone asks for the name of your high school, I think having your own "official sounding" school name sounds much better than just writing "homeschool." I don't think homeschooling is any disadvantage for jobs working with the public. A lot of employers think of homeschoolers as
    clean cut and polite workers. (my homeschooled kid had no problem dealing with a wide variety of co-workers and customers at a fast food job).
  • nannan Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    OpiefromMayberry, that's a persistent but poorly grounded preconception about homeschoolers. In reality, homeschoolers often have much more to do with different kinds of people than traditionally schooled students do. They get involved in jobs and community endeavors, interacting with people of all ages and backgrounds, rather than spending all their time with people of their same age day in and day out.

    As an adult, when I encounter traditionally schooled students, they often put me in a category and dismiss me as something foreign. On the other hand, homeschooled students more often seem to interact easily and gladly with adults and younger children as well.
  • lealdragonlealdragon Registered User Posts: 3,204 Member
    I think high school is a scam. I have NEVER been asked for my diploma.

    I just graduated my son. I just typed up all the classes he'd taken, assigned him grades, and wrote a graduation date on it. We live in Texas, where homeschooling is not regulated. But, in other states it might not be so simple.

    No cheating the system here. He took the Accuplacer test to get into the local community college, and now he's making A's, with the intention of transferring to the 4-year university next year as a transfer student (which means, at least at this particular university, that he doesn't need to take the SAT either, btw.)

    Admittedly, some people do claim to homeschool their kids and then do nothing. You'll find people who abuse the system in every system. But most of the homeschoolers I've met have as good or better educations than their public school counterparts.

    I would suggest finding out what the requirements are in your state. Some of the homeschool websites should be able to tell you.
  • cnp55cnp55 Registered User Posts: 3,707 Senior Member
    As an employer, I will never hire another student from the 'alternative high school' because they tend to lack the ability to work with authority. As far as a homeschooled student, I would have to interview carefully to see if that particular individual was capable of working within a framework of assignments and schedules. The homeschooled kids I see as customers don't appear (on the surface) to be potential employees.

    I own a retail store and love to have enthusiastic teens that can treat the job I have for them as a first career spot. Kids that are planning a career in retail. marketing, or animal science do very well for me.
  • nannan Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    cnp55, I know several homeschooled students who are dedicated and reliable employees. If you do hire a homeschooler, I wouldn't be surprised if you end up with an excellent new member of your team.
  • atomomatomom Registered User Posts: 4,364 Senior Member
    Not sure how cnp55 identifies homeschooled customers. (Do they wear tags that say "HELLO--I'm a homeschooler"? Do they wear certain types of clothing that identify them with a particular religious group? Are they out shopping during school hours?) I'm also wondering what it is about the appearance these homeschooled customers that makes them seem like they wouldn't be good workers?

    "Alternative" high schools tend to be for kids with serious behavior/drug problems who haven't functioned well in regular schools. I think most employers would be wary of these students.
  • cnp55cnp55 Registered User Posts: 3,707 Senior Member
    The kids I am thinking of are out and about during school hours. It's not their appearance -- I think that many of them are more presentable than kids from the local high school. By the way, there's lots of local high schoolers that don't make the first cut in terms of appearance and presentation, never mind committment and dedication.

    What I said was I'd have to interview carefully. Homeschooling is not popular in our area ... so I'd like to know why the particular applicant is outside the traditional educational setting. In our area, it's typically not a philosophical reason.

    I spend many hours and dollars training each employee, either full or part time, student or adult. I need to screen well to determine if my investment will pay off. This is true of whatever background the applicant comes from.
  • nannan Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    cnp55, employers often like to hire homeschoolers because their schedules tend to be more flexible, and they can often work when traditionally schooled students can't. That's not to say they study less. They just have more control over their schedules
  • OpiefromMayberryOpiefromMayberry Registered User Posts: 1,629 Senior Member
    "OpiefromMayberry, that's a persistent but poorly grounded preconception about homeschoolers. "

    No, I don't think so. My comes from experience. While this really is an open ended question without a real answer I attempted as an employer to say what my concern would be. That concern would be there for just about anyone, as I do understand there are exceptions to every situation good and bad.

    Homeschooled children are no better or worse than public or private school kids on average. Yes, I am sure those of you who post here have exceptional kids, so are mine via public school. However just like public and some private school there are less than what you would expect among the ranks.

    Not everyone does the homeschool route to get a better education, some do it or attempt to do it because even alternative HS is too much work for their children. It all depends on the family.
  • nannan Registered User Posts: 467 Member
    Right. It all depends on the family, just like for traditionally schooled kids. So what's the point in making generalizations like that about homeschoolers?
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