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After First-blush Rebuff, Homeschool Grad Gets Cosmetics Job

by Scott Woodruff • October 5, 2018

An Illinois homeschool graduate already licensed as an esthetician was interested in pursuing a career in the beauty industry. But after she submitted her parent-issued high school diploma as part of applying to work for Nyx Professional Makeup, some questions popped up.

“I don’t see a stamp of certification on your diploma. I am having a difficult time verifying the accreditation of the school. Can you provide the name you homeschooled with? We will need an accredited/certified diploma.”

After these questions from the representative, the graduate asked HSLDA for help.

I wrote a letter to the Nyx representative explaining the legal status of homeschools and high school diplomas issued by homeschool programs. I confirmed that the graduate was educated in full compliance with the laws of Illinois and urged the representative to allow the employment process to continue normally.

This assurance resolved all outstanding issues, and the graduate’s plan for employment quickly moved ahead.


Scott Woodruff

Senior Counsel

Scott is a seasoned attorney and homeschool advocate with decades of involvement in homeschool legal issues and cases. Read more.


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