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January 19, 2016

HSLDA Helps Graduate Take off to Flight School

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A homeschool graduate had dreamed of being a pilot since he was a boy, and he sought to fulfill his ambition of taking to the air by applying for entrance to Aviator College, a premiere flight school in Fort Pierce, Florida.

YOUR ATTORNEY Tj Schmidt Tj Schmidt

However, the graduate’s dreams met some turbulence this past summer when the college’s admissions department questioned the validity of his parent-issued high school transcript. The college wanted an “accredited transcript,” noting that as an Illinois homeschooler the student had graduated from an “unaccredited” school.

The student and his family contacted HSLDA regarding the situation.

After some follow-up communication, the college requested that HSLDA verify that the student had in fact completed a legitimate high school homeschool education. Writing third-party verification letters is a service HSLDA frequently performs for homeschool graduates from member families.

HSLDA Staff Attorney Tj Schmidt sent a letter to the college’s registrar, explaining education law in the student’s home state of Illinois, that his transcript was acceptable under Illinois law, and that he should be admitted. Following receipt of HSLDA’s verification letter, the student was fully admitted to Aviator College in September. By the close of 2015, he had earned his pilot’s license and was well on his way to living his childhood dream.