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Straight to College: Homeschoolers Skipping High School

Updated on March 4, 2011

What If You Don't Do High School OR Get a GED?

More and more homeschoolers are skipping the high school option - including the GED (Graduate Equivalency Diploma) - and heading straight to college ... community college, that is! No, I'm not talking about dual enrollment, just pure college credits!

College INSTEAD of High School?

Is it okay to skip high school?

More and more homeschool families are choosing to not choose high school, but to bypass it altogether. No high school transcript, no dual enrollment, no GED (high school graduate equivalency diploma). Instead, they just begin acquiring college credits from community college sometime around age 14 to 16, ending with a smooth transfer of credits to a four-year college or university at some later time. With 60 hours of college credit from a junior college or community college, a high school transcript is not even requested when one transfers to another college! (Note that community college may be available at different ages in different states.)

Albert Einstein

Einstein dropped out of college and tested into the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and of course went on to become a Nobel-prize winning physicist.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook - How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education

Here is the original teenage manifesto from Grace Llewellyn. Teens are not older children, they are young adults, and are capable and smart enough to be charting their own path without recourse to a cookie cutter education. Not limited to homeschoolers, Llewellyn urges teens everywhere to quit school and start living their real lives.

The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education
The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education

This is a very dangerous book. It contradicts all the conventional wisdom about dropouts and the importance of a formal education. It is funny and inspiring. Do not, under any circumstances, share this book with a bright, frustrated high-schooler being ground into mind fudge by the school system. This writer cannot be responsible for the happiness and sense of personal responsibility that might result. ~ Bloomsbury Review


~ High School Dropouts ~ U.S. Presidents

George Washington

Abraham Lincoln

Martin Van Buren

Andrew Jackson

Zachary Taylor

Millard Fillmore

Grover Cleveland


Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Paine

Who Skips High School?

And why would anyone want to?

I first became aware of this possibility long before I had children. When I was at university, I met a girl who told me she had not graduated from high school nor taken the GED, and yet here she was, taking university classes alongside me. She had not been homeschooled, but did her junior year of high school as a transfer student to New Zealand. When she came back to the States, her school board decided they were not interested in figuring out how her credits should be transferred to her high school transcript. Instead, they wanted her to just redo her junior year during what should have been her senior year. Instead she dropped out of high school and worked as a nanny for a year, since her state did not allow her to enroll as a full-time student in community college until age 18. At 18, she enrolled in community college and acquired 60 hours of credits; then transferred directly to a university in another state. No one ever asked to see her high school transcript.

Immediately, this became my plan for my own children (though I didn't have any at that time, I already knew I would homeschool). Now that I homeschool, I am becoming aware that many of my homeschooling friends with children older than mine already know about this exciting option and are taking advantage of it - and doing incredibly well!

~ High School Dropouts ~ Millionaires & Billionaires

Thomas Edison

John D. Rockefeller Sr.

Andrew Carnegie

Henry Ford

Walt Disney

Dave Thomas (Wendy's)

Ray Kroc (McDonald's)

Harlan Sanders (KFC)

George Eastman (Kodak)

Amadeo Giannini (Bank of America)

Frederick Royce (Rolls Royce)

Jim Clark (Netscape)

Jimmy Dean (Jimmy Dean Foods)

Kemmons Wilson (Holiday Inn)

College Without High School - A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College

Blake Boles shares what homeschoolers have known for decades: teens are thriving everywhere without attending school! Blake will inspire you to seize the day and live well now, with every bit of confidence that the doors to college will be wide open to you. I am thrilled to have another messenger trumpet the truth that school is optional. I recommend all parents and educators to acquaint themselves with this information.

~ Kenneth Danforth, North Star Self-Directed Learning for Teens

College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College
College Without High School: A Teenager's Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College

It is possible to pursue your dreams and gain admission to any college of your choice. The guidebook shows how to fulfill college admission requirements by proving five preparatory results: intellectual passion, leadership, logical reasoning, background knowledge, and the capacity for structured learning. The author, who leads teenage unschoolers on educational adventures, offers several suggestions for life-changing, confidence-building activities that will demonstrate those results. Students begin by defining their goals and dreams and then pursue them through a combination of meaningful and engaging adventures. ~ book description


Should a Teen Jump into College Full-Time?

How does that work?

This discussion is not about a fourteen-year-old moving onto a college campus, or even taking a full load of classes. This is about a teens living at home and supplementing parental instruction with a class or two, and moving up to a fuller courseload as they approach the traditional age of college entrance.

Of course there are teens, and even younger, who enroll full-time in college or university; that's a different discussion than what I'm talking about. This discussion is about the teen who, while living at home, begins to take community college classes one or two at a time. Often they will begin with a class of high interest, whether it will count properly toward a degree or not, in order to get used to the college atmosphere without the added pressure of a stressful class. Moving from art or clay or language into literature and math and science, the student begins to accumulate college credits that will eventually count toward a degree. There is no rush to "finish" anything by age 18; neither a high school transcript nor a transfer to a full university.

Many homeschoolers choose the option of dual enrollment. This is where a high school student attends community college and gets dual credit, for both high school and college credits. If this is the only option available, okay ... but I'm not sure I see the point. If one is getting college credit for a class, what is the point of getting high school credit too? It seems like a total redundancy to me.

Is it okay for homeschooled kids to skip high school altogether?

Please feel free to comment on your choice!

What Do You Think?

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~ High School Dropouts ~ Artists & Musicians

George Gershwin

John Philip Sousa

Claude Monet

Irving Berlin

Ansel Adams

Duke Ellington

Jack Benny

Count Basie

Louis Armstrong

Opinions! The BEST Idea Ever, or the WORST? - Tell us what you think of skipping high school and heading directly into college!

(Also, please mention if you are a homeschooler or not.)

Teaching older children at home becomes more and more of an exercise in self-directed education ... so why not get college credit for it?

Guerrilla Learning - How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School

Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School
Guerrilla Learning: How to Give Your Kids a Real Education With or Without School

How-to book for parents who want to become more involved in their children's education whether through home schooling or by supplementing traditional instruction. Five fundamental principles - opportunity, timing, freedom, interest, and support - that will transform the way we relate to our children and greatly assist them in growing up to be joyful, passionate creators. Useful for parents and teachers alike, this valuable book closely examines how young people learn and illuminates its practical advice with many stories that make for both insightful and enjoyable reading. Whatever schooling venue parents choose, this book will help them instill a lifelong love of learning in their children. ~ Samuel T. Huang, Univ. of Arizona, Tucson


High School Dropouts Famous Authors

George Bernard Shaw

Mark Twain

Charles Dickens

William Shakespeare

William Faulkner

Carl Sandburg

Herman Melville

William Saroyan

Walt Whitman

H.G. Wells

Leon Uris

Jack London

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    • Philippians468 profile image


      7 years ago

      thank you for sharing this lens! you gave me much to think about! cheers

    • EdTecher profile image

      Heidi Reina 

      7 years ago from USA

      So long as a teenager is CAPABLE of passing the GED, whether she actually takes the test or not, this is feasible. I've tutored several illiterate adults who dropped out of high school and subsequently went on to junior college and graduated successfully. It really depends on the maturity, knowledge and skills of the student for this to work. But I can see how it would for many homeschooled students.

    • verymary profile image


      7 years ago from Chicago area

      great discussion!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      7 years ago

      Well done lens.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      7 years ago from Canada

      I didn't know this was possible; you've presented a very nice discussion of the possibility of skipping high school and going straight to college.


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