A recent West Virginia homeschool graduate ran into a roadblock when her college of choice, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, demanded she provide them with proof that her homeschool administrator was recognized by the local school district.

The school went on to say that such documentation is often issued to students at some point during high school. The school was wrong.

Instead, the family found that despite having already completed everything they needed to do in order to legally graduate their student, they were being asked for documentation that not only wasn’t required by law, but didn’t exist.

A Matter of Authority

Sensing something was amiss, the family reached out to Home School Legal Defense Association for help in resolving the situation. HSLDA promptly contacted the director of admissions and explained the homeschool law to them.

While families need to provide evidence of high school completion upon submitting their initial paperwork to homeschool under 18-8-1(c)(2), the school district is not required, nor do they have the authority, to approve or deny a homeschool program.

Additionally, our letter highlighted the legislature’s latest equal treatment language, which affirms that, “No state agency or institution of higher learning in this state may reject or otherwise treat a person differently solely on the grounds of the source of such a diploma” (West Virginia Code Section 18-8-12).

Making a Change

Less than a week later, West Virginia University at Parkersburg responded by acknowledging their policy’s error and stating they would be revising it for the coming school year. They went on to say that many homeschooled graduates who attend their program excel beyond the norm, and that they want to create a more friendly environment for future homeschooled graduates.

HSLDA is thankful for the positive outcome of this situation, and we trust homeschooled graduates will have no further difficulties matriculating into WVUP’s program.

HSLDA would also like to thank this member family for notifying us of this problem and thereby helping future homeschool graduates navigate the college application process.