online high school question

Discussion in 'High School Education via Distance Learning' started by TEKMAN, May 25, 2017.


    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Hi Everyone!

    I am looking for advice how I can guide my nephew to start online college degree. He was immigrated into the United States at 18 years old, and he continued 2 years of high school in the United States. He is still missing lot of credits to graduate at least for another year of high school. Now, his family is moving to different state. I contacted the local school over there, the admission counselor stated that he cannot continue his high school at public school as he passed over 18.

    I plan to seeking online high school for him, or University of Texas at Austin High School. I also persuade him to start the Microsoft Data Science Program while taking courses at StraighterLine, CLEP, and DANTE Exams.

    My question can he admit to online degree with 30 college credits or more from non-traditional source without high school diploma? I plan for to land in the profession of Data Science, get an online Bachelor degree and complete a Master degree that. What I see that High School diploma does not really serve any employment purpose after earning 2 college degrees.

    Thanks in advance.

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    I posted in the new thread, how did it end up here? :)
  3. airtorn

    airtorn Moderator Staff Member

    I've got you covered.
  4. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    freeze. As a Texas resident, he can graduate from homeschool. There are no requirements, no credits, no tests - nothing. I can get you more info, but have his mom issue his diploma TODAY and he can start college in the fall.
  5. msganti

    msganti Active Member

    I was in a similar crossroads a while ago.

    A little background on myself:
    Some people know me on this forum as a useful resource on education in India. I am a college graduate (BS) in Mechanical Engineering from a foreign country. I've been working in the IT field for the past 20+ years. Few years ago, suddenly this "itch" started for an academic reset - just redo from the beginning. I am not sure about other states but Texas allows this.

    I did some research keeping in mind my limitations - I don't drive so it's hard for me to visit campuses even in the same city.

    No Highschool Direct College:
    Some (but not all) colleges are adult-student-friendly and let one join college with 20 or more college credits. The Big 3 are some examples. You have to short-list the colleges and have to talk to their admissions counselors.
    My problem is I do not have any US credits and my foreign credits are 25+ years old. I could have done some credits using SL/ etc, but may be internally I have a desire to do a highschool diploma too :)

    Many states including Texas allow homeschooled students to go to college. All you need is a Homeschool diploma and transcript issued by your parent(s).
    In my case, both my parents passed away and I am not sure if I can sign on my own transcripts.

    This is another good option for many students who know their subject and just looking for a recognized document that attests to it. Unfortunately, the GED website in Texas is as confusing as any other government website. Also, there's no testing center near me.

    Online High school:
    I looked at many options. My criteria is for paper that satisfies the check-list requirement for admission to colleges, and it got to be cheap. There are many nice options like UT Austin, Texas Tech and even Stanford, but their tuition is very high - at ~$300 and up per credit.

    I finally settled with PennFoster high school because it satisfied all my requirements:
    • It is bot RA and NA accredited
    • Tuition for the whole high school would be around $1000
    • All books and materials online
    • You take online exams, which are open book and not timed
    • I took about 4 years to complete as I did it as a pass time but for some one determined, they can finish it in less than 6 months.
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  6. cookderosa

    cookderosa Resident Chef

    Many states including Texas allow homeschooled students to go to college. All you need is a Homeschool diploma and transcript issued by your parent(s).
    In my case, both my parents passed away and I am not sure if I can sign on my own transcripts.>>

    Slight correction to "many" it is, in fact, all states allow legal homeschooling. The specifics of how that looks depends on the state. As such, it is impossible to say what is required (each state has their own graduation requirements) and as to whether or not a diploma and transcript are "all" needed is likely untrue. A homeschool student will have to meet the entrance requirements any other student has to meet, and sometimes there are additional requirements. Exams like SAT that are required of regular freshman applicants (or placement tests) would also be required as a standard matter of course.
    Specific to signing your own transcripts, I would seek legal advice from lawyers who specialize in homeschool law. Homeschool Legal Defense Association will work with you on this if you are a member family ($120/year) and you're unlikely to find a better-educated group of attorneys that know the nuances of your state law AND will work on a retainer of under $120.

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