We don't even have to discuss which grade. A homeschooled young adult who completes enough credits gets to graduate, whenever that is, however those credits were earned, whether they were AP or c.c. or anything else. "Grade level" is irrelevant. Homeschoolers always talk about that, how their children never know what to answer when non-homeschoolers ask them what "grade" they are "in." (And some of them do red-shirt their homeschooled children.) So it isn't logical to talk about "12th grade" when we're discussing whether a young adult has finished her education at home. Whenever that happens, however it happens, she should be graduated.
I strongly disagree with this advice. It reflects your approach, not all homeschoolers. My kids are called by grade level regardless of what level of academics they are completing. My ds who was taking alg at age 10 was a 5th grader.
Based on completing cr hrs, my college freshman could have graduated in 9th or 10th grade, depending on whether or not alg 2 or pre-cal completed her core math requirements. And graduating her then would have accomplished absolutely nothing but limit her future.
It would have deprived her of success. It was her accomplishments during 10th-12th and her advanced coursework beyond typical high school credits
that made her competitive for scholarships.
If the local CC and living at home had been her goal, sure, graduating her whenever wouldn't have mattered. If she wanted to be competitive for schools that absolutely do care about what those high school yrs were spent taking and want to see advanced level coursework and achievements, graduating her when she simply checked off the high school credit boxes would have meant most likely denied
, not accepted, of if accepted, certainly not with large scholarships.
These things matter. Admissions at many schools requires certain levels of academics AND test scores AND outside achievements. Completing a minimum of required high school credits and graduating a student can limit their options and cost their families hundreds of thousands of dollars. Thank goodness you weren't giving me advice that I listened to. Between my current 2 college kids that advice would have cost us $120,000 for one and $160,000 for the other.
$280,000 in scholarships plus all of the additional mentoring and support as elite scholars at their respective schools while attending the college of their choice vs. living at home and driving to the local school bc they graduated bc they met the high school cr requirements but were not competitive for scholarships, those are the discrepancies between the inisisting that graduation is based strictly on completing cr hrs. The advice is not as straightforward as you portray it.
Edited by 8FillTheHeart, 14 August 2017 - 05:05 AM.