Microsoft has document generators that can create a nice diploma.
Or you can go to a school supply store to find a pre-made one that they can fill in for you.
I’m sure there is probably a free thing on the internet somewhere too.
But I answered because of the “legitimate” remark.
Your education is legitimate. Any documentation your parents choose to create on your behalf to celebrate your achievement is legitimate.
It is not your diploma that you will wag around with you to prove your education, that would be college entrance exam test scores, transcripts, things like that.
A diploma is more about celebrating an achievement.
And it is legitimate.
I think the real question you are asking is how to get an accreditted diploma. Thats easy and I’ll tell you in a minute. First, I want to tell you that you don’t really need one! If your parents have kept good records and either have a nice transcript made for you or make a nice one themselves, all you have to do is take the SAT to get into college. If you don’t go to college then a GED will work as well as any diploma anyway. A few colleges will ask you for a GED if you don’t have a accreditted diploma, but most will not if you score well on the SATs and present a well organized transcript that meets their requirements (4 credits math, 4 credits English, etc.) Some will also ask for work samples from a homeschooled student.
For assistance with a transcript go to http://www.thehomescholar.com
Now if you really want that accredited diploma, go to http://www.edanywhere.com
and enrol in their distance learning courses. Many will even accept you as late as your senior year and will take all your parent issued credits as transfer credits. That way you get the accredidation without even doing the whole thing through them.
http://www.abeka.com has one of the most well respected college prep programs of any school, public or private, distance or traditional, they are also expensive.
A diploma itself is actually pretty useless-it is basically nothing more than a decoration to put on the wall. The transcript is what matters.
This site details how to make sure the diploma is legal (as in you meet the requirements for a diploma) http://www.home-schooling-and-homeschool.info/Legal_Homeschool_Diploma.html
For college or work they are going to want to see a Transcript of your ‘courses’ to prove you have graduated ‘high school’.
Template for a high school transcript http://www.donnayoung.org/forms/planners/transcript.htm
Other useful links:
My Army time can get me a BA from Jefferson Davis College if I just take ONE course. It depends on who respects that college’s name!
i’m sure if you stick to an academy (mine was A Beka Academy) and you score well and yearly complete the number of credits the College wants you to complete and within the stated time frame, you’ll get your high school diploma too 😀 you just got to confirm with your current provider…
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