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April 4, 2017

Cosmetology School Gets a Policy Makeover

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A homeschool graduate who was initially denied acceptance to a Georgia cosmetology school was admitted last week after HSLDA intervened.

DAN BEASLEY
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Elizabeth, who lives with her family near Atlanta, had been turned down by admissions officials because she did not graduate from an accredited high school.

The graduate’s family has been members of HSLDA for nearly a decade. Her mother Lisa was surprised when her daughter was denied admission based on homeschooling.

“We support HSLDA because we believe in your mission,” Lisa told us. “I never thought we would actually need your legal services.”

When Elizabeth explained that she was denied admission because she was homeschooled, I was glad to offer assistance, even though I knew it could be an uphill battle. Homeschool graduates have historically faced a surprising amount of discrimination when seeking admission to cosmetology schools.

I contacted the school and explained that there is no legal basis for excluding Elizabeth from admission simply because her homeschool program was not accredited.

Just last week (two weeks after I wrote the school), Lisa notified me that Elizabeth has been accepted and is fully enrolled at the cosmetology school. The school had decided that they could accept Elizabeth immediately based on academic credits she had already earned at the University of North Georgia. They also indicated they would review their admission policy to determine whether homeschool graduates should be routinely admitted without an accredited diploma.

I am optimistic that the school will decide to stop discriminating against homeschool graduates once and for all.