"Being SCAMMED by HOMESCHOOL DIPLOMA'S"

Brandy L. - posted on 01/07/2015 ( 5 moms have responded )

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I have 5 children & 1 nephew I am homeschooling. I wasn't for sure how to go about getting a diploma up for my daughter to be graduated? I did some research on how to get a home-school diploma. I found a place called Benjamin Franklin Private High School; but they need to call it the Scam School. I called & talked to what I thought was a retired teacher, made payment arrangements & set it up. I had gotten this thick booklet in the mail filled with the subjects & 7 exams. They had told me they are open book exams, my daughter would have to study & do the tests & we'd send the answer sheets back in. After all the payments were paid in full; she would have a student ID, a very nice Diploma in a nice booklet, transcripts, a pocket sized laminated Diploma to show to employers. They were right, very nice indeed! So that's what we thought...it was straight crap! She tried to apply for Kaplan College & they turned her down! They said they Do Not Except Nationally Accredited Diploma's. My daughter is so upset & she really worked hard on them tests. I tried to call the school to complain & phone#'s are disconnected...? I thought what the heck is going on??? I got a hold of the college that has been working with them & found out that "WE WERE RIPPED OFF!!!" $500.00 down the drain for someone in an apartment complex that took off with our $$$ and whomever Else's money too! I am very upset, now what are we suppose to do??? Please feel free to give any insights on what to do please; for I have 2 more that need to be graduated & want a Diploma.Then what about my other children when they get to the point of graduating also. Plus, I really need to fix the issue with my very upset daughter. These kids do not ask for this type of treatment & do not deserve it; for they are very hard workers & have enough issues as it is. But they would like to have a Nice Diploma to show around for family & friends. Thank you for listening.

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Sarah - posted on 01/07/2015

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Where do you live? What should matter to the college is her transcript, which is your record keeping and her ACT or SAT score.
In my state:
Parents who choose to educate their students in the home through the high school years may determine when their student has met the graduation requirements of their private home school and is therefore entitled to receive a high school diploma.
The diploma itself is just a piece of paper. Any school public, private or home, should provide a transcript of all courses taken and document the completion of each course.
Kids don't take an exam to get a diploma, they complete the full body of coursework to meet the school's requirements. If you are the school, and she met the high school requirements, than she has earned her diploma. If you want a certificate, make one.

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♫ Shawnn ♪♫♫ - posted on 01/07/2015

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In my state, parents who choose to homeschool have to coordinate with the state department of education for the curriculum, and they will have a state issued diploma and transcript when they're through.

I currently have several advisees in my department at University who were homeschooled and had no problems getting into college. Contact your state department of education to see what your options are.

Dove - posted on 01/07/2015

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I was simply posting what I did because my dad has friends who home schooled their kids and getting the GED was what they needed to do in order to go to college....

Yes, they need transcripts and stuff, but the OP is talking about a high school diploma... and many colleges accept the GED as equal to a high school diploma.

Sarah - posted on 01/07/2015

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The problem with a GED is it often is not enough to get into college. GED indicates that you have the skills and knowledge of an average high school graduate. That is very helpful if you are applying for a job. All GEDs are the same. For college, the admission department wants to see your high school transcript: there can be a vast range between candidates.
For example, both Mary and Joe graduated from the same high school, and each has a diploma. Mary took AP courses, was in student government, participated in sports and volunteered. Joe maintained a C- average in remedial classes and had no extracurricular activity.
What you do now depends widely on what your children's post graduation plans

Dove - posted on 01/07/2015

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Go to any high school and ask about getting a GED. When I did it... it's $75 and two 5 hour days of testing...

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