December 11, 2015

Fighting Discrimination: Homeschool Graduate’s Dream Restored

J. Michael Smith J. Michael Smith is president of HSLDA. He has been an advocate for homeschooling for more than 30 years. Read more >>

Imagine your disappointment, when after dreaming of attending a college for years, you are finally accepted—only to be denied enrollment ultimately because of your transcript! That is exactly what happened to one homeschool graduate recently when she applied to the University of California at Santa Cruz.

The university reversed its admission of the graduate and insisted that any future application include an official high school transcript from the California Board of Education. However, the California Board of Education does not issue transcripts because it lacks the authority to do so.

Official Authorization

In the state of California, homeschools operate as private schools. Private school personnel are authorized to issue transcripts for all students enrolled in their private school. Public schools do not have any authority over the activities of private schools, including the issuance of transcripts.

The graduate’s mother contacted our legal department right away, and our attorney for California, HSLDA President Mike Smith, fired off a letter to the school explaining that no such transcript was needed under state or federal law. In addition, the student sent a letter appealing the university’s decisions.

Upon receiving the appeals, the university reinstated her. Home School Legal Defense Association encourages our members to call us if they encounter similar difficulties.

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