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8/10/2006 11:32:06 AM
High School Credit Requirements for Graduation

Many people ask us how many credits are required for high school graduation.  In most cases, if the parents are awarding the diploma, homeschoolers are not required to fulfill the state’s requirements for its public school students.  However, it is a good idea to know your state’s graduation requirements and use it simply as a frame of reference when planning out your child’s high school years.  As the homeschooling parent, you have much flexibility in designing a high school program that prepares your child to meet his post-high school goals.  The HSLDA brochure, Developing a High School Plan – Sample 4 Year Plans provides general recommendations for credits in each of the main subject areas.  If you wish to use your state’s requirements as a jumping off point in tailoring your own high school program, see http://edstandards.org/Standards.html and then choose your state from the menu.  Next, on your state Department of Education page, type in “high school graduation requirements.” If your child is college bound, it’s a good idea to check college websites for what they require of incoming freshmen and tailor your course offerings accordingly.

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