June 17, 2013

Bowdoin College Drops Request for “Recognized” Homeschool Diplomas

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

Bowdoin College asked homeschooled graduates applying for admission to the college this question: “Will your state recognize you as a high school graduate at the end of your senior year?” This question on their form was highly problematic because homeschools, just like many private schools, do not seek or obtain state “recognition” of their program and diplomas. States generally do not even have authority to “recognize” a homeschool.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff wrote to the Office of Admissions. He explained that many states do not require homeschool families to file any paperwork at all, much less obtain “recognition.” He also explained that under federal law, graduates of homeschool programs are eligible for federal financial aid. Finally, he asked the college to stop asking homeschool graduates whether their graduation was “recognized” by a state.

Bowdoin subsequently altered its course and stopped asking the problematic question.

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