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College Clarifies: Yes, We Want Homeschool Graduates!
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The College of Southern Idaho (CSI) admitted a 19-year-old homeschool graduate, but told her that if she had been 18, she would have needed a GED to enter the college.
HSLDA Senior Counsel Scott A. Woodruff emailed the college’s spokesman and explained that CSI’s policy was out of line with Idaho State Board of Education Rule 08.02.03.118. This rule deals with admission to state colleges and provides that “any student not attending a public or private school within the state of Idaho may, as an alternative, receive educational instruction in a homeschool setting at the direction of the student’s parent or guardian.”
Shortly thereafter, CSI revised its official catalog—which had been silent on the issue of homeschool graduates—to read: “Students who intend to earn a degree from CSI must have completed high school or equivalent (homeschool, GED, or HSE) or be 19 years of age or older at the time of enrollment.”
We appreciate the college revising its policy and removing a potential barrier from the path of homeschool graduates.