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September 4, 2012

Centra Health Acknowledges Homeschool Diploma


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

After graduating from her homeschool program and receiving a diploma, G.K. applied for a job as a certified nursing assistant at Centra Health in Lynchburg. A representative of Centra checked with Bedford County Public Schools (BCPS). They said G.K. would “not be receiving a high school diploma since she was not educated through an accredited home schooling program.” Since a diploma or the equivalent was an employment prerequisite, the Centra representative said the only alternative for G.K. appeared to be getting a GED.

Members of HSLDA, the family asked us for help.

HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott Woodruff wrote to Centra explaining that accreditation is not necessary for homeschool programs. He added that homeschool parents have inherent authority to issue diplomas at the conclusion of a child’s secondary program. Woodruff noted that G.K. was very well qualified for the CNA job, and if rejected by Centra, she would quickly be hired by a competitor.

Centra checked with BCPS and confirmed that G.K.’s last year-end assessment had been satisfactory. A representative then called G.K. in for a meeting and announced that she would be offered the job. We appreciate Centra’s willingness to take a second look at this issue.

With a sigh of obvious relief, G.K.’s mother said, “I received an education through this—I just could have done without the stress!”