Even if you tried to force them to acknowledge all your early childhood years of creativity and/or academia they JUST WON’T CARE. What they will care about is the outcome of those early years and how they manifest in Grades 10, 11 and 12 in terms of marks.
They. All the people who are going to judge whether your child should enter their Institution care about marks, letter grades and percentage, that we so don’t care about (because, of course, we care about mastery). That is the way the world works, and that is the universal measuring stick that our children are bound by.
But. There is almost always more than one way to skin cats, and hopefully you’ll walk away with some idea of the constructs that you have to move around in, the options, advantages and limitations that homeschooling presents.
Institutions of Higher Learning that we have encountered don’t really seem to be too ruffled by my children not having a graduation certificate. What they do want to see is a fairly typical course of study. In general, that would be a grade eleven Algebra, a couple of sciences, one of them a lab science, three high school years of English and Social Studies, in which (like sciences) there is a fairly broad range of options. And then some electives to fill in the required credits. And there is even a broader range of options here, including, but not limited to, shop class, leather working, basket weaving, economics, calculus, outdoor education, martial arts and almost anything else you can imagine.
My kids have attended or been accepted at five different colleges or universities or post secondary programs. The other half dozen or so post secondary options that we’ve looked into had similiar standards to the ones they were actually interested in and applied to.
Every family is different, I just want to share one family’s experiment. I mean experience. Te he.
Around the age when they are usually the hardest to get along with, which IS inconvenient, but perhaps one of those God given in-roads in the lives of teenagers, we start a conversation. I present the options of getting a graduation certificate, or not getting one. It is up to them, but they need to make that decision with an informed conscience.
Again, if they change their mind and decide a year or two in that they would prefer to get or not get a diploma, it’s not too late. Lots of public school kids take short cuts, finish early, do exams at the altogether wrong age, or take four or five years to finish three years of high school. It’s okay.
Our kids can change their minds too. Or be diligent, or be lazy. There is some free will involved in this interplay.