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Can a child who is home-schooled receive a diploma?

The school district of residence does not issue a diploma to a child who successfully completes a home education program. However, there are several ways for a child who is home-schooled to receive a diploma:

  • A student can fulfill the necessary requirements of a homeschooling organization to receive a home-school diploma. Homeschooling organizations can be approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to issue home-school diplomas. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers Accreditation Agency (PHAA) is one such organization that issues home-school diplomas. (More information about PHAA can be found at www.pahomeschoolers.com);
  • A student can successfully complete the GED test and receive a Commonwealth Secondary Diploma; or
  • A student can successfully complete 1 year or 30 semester hours at an accredited post-secondary institution and submit that information to the PA Department of Education and receive a Commonwealth Secondary Diploma.

For more information, call the Office of Counseling and Promotional Standards at 215-400-4810.

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