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May 9, 2014

New England Conservatory Drops GED Demand after HSLDA Intervenes


Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members regarding legal issues in Illinois. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>

An Illinois homeschool graduate wanting to pursue the study of music applied to the highly ranked New England Conservatory in Boston. After an official told him he must submit a GED score or certification that his homeschool program met Illinois state requirements for high school equivalency, the family turned to HSLDA for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote to the conservatory’s senior admissions counselor and explained that a homeschool is a private school under Illinois law. He added that the state of Illinois does not play a role in certifying any private school—home-based or otherwise. He confirmed that homeschool graduates are eligible for federal financial aid, since it was possible that this was part of the conservatory’s concern.

A few days later the conservatory accepted the young man’s diploma and transcript.

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