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July 5, 2016

College Tells Homeschool Graduate to Get GED


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When homeschool graduate Ashlynne Perkins was denied admission to the Ohio Business College, HSLDA intervened.

In order to improve her accounting skills, Ashlynne had decided to pursue a business degree. After researching her options, she liked what she saw in the Ohio Business College. She felt the school’s smaller class sizes would give her more opportunities to interact with her professors.

She found the admissions personnel friendly, and so was surprised when they informed her that she would not be admitted without a GED.

“We are unable to accept Ashlynne’s application due to the fact that she did not graduate from an accredited high school,” wrote the college.

Ashlynne’s parents, who are longtime HSLDA members, told their daughter to call us.

“At first, I was very discouraged,” Perkins recalled. “But my mother encouraged me to contact HSLDA and explain my situation.”

Mike Donnelly, HSLDA’s contact attorney for Ohio, immediately wrote to the college. He explained that homeschools operating in compliance with Ohio law are considered to be recognized and accredited.

“Ashlynne has submitted the information required by law to demonstrate her high school education is valid,” he wrote.

Within days, the Ohio Business College informed Perkins that it had received HSLDA’s letter and was accepting her application. She plans to begin classes this fall.

“I am very thankful for this opportunity, and I cannot wait to continue with the next steps, thanks to HSLDA!” she informed us.

Donnelly commented that this is a common problem that can be easy to solve.

“There are many schools still that do not understand that Ohio law explicitly requires that homeschool programs be treated as the equivalent of any other recognized or accredited program,” he said. “In this case, the college was simply uninformed and immediately corrected the situation. In other cases, the discussions can drag on for much longer. Even though homeschooling is becoming more prevalent, there are still many who are either uninformed or suspicious, which causes problems for homeschool graduates. So it’s a pleasure for me as a homeschool dad to be able to help solve these problems for our members’ children!”

HSLDA is the world’s leading advocacy organization for homeschooling. Unfortunately, individuals who have been homeschooled are sometimes treated differently on account of their homeschooling background. Membership with HSLDA can give you peace of mind, knowing that you have an experienced attorney to help you should you encounter problems related to your homeschooling. Join today to enjoy the confidence and benefits of membership!