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The school is in charge of the school.

This is going to be different. While you were homeschooling independently, you made all decisions regarding your child’s education. The first thing to realize is that your child’s school has policies and procedures that you may not be able to affect. Meeting with administrators may result in some flexibility, and you should advocate for your child, but you are navigating a system that is balancing the needs of many children.

The school may ask for grades and records from homeschooling.

Regardless of the approach you took to homeschooling, the school may ask for your child’s grades and documentation of studies or learning. If you have homeschooled using traditional curriculum, tests, and grades, this may not be hard to provide.

However, some homeschoolers are flummoxed by this since homeschool laws in their state may not have required such records, and their homeschooling philosophy may have been to use a different approach, which was nonetheless effective. School officials are frequently unfamiliar with homeschool laws and may be more accustomed to dealing with students transferring from other schools.

Some options:

  • Explain that you don’t have these kinds of records and weren’t required to keep them.
  • Create a document to reflect what your child learned during the homeschool years.
  • Show scores from any standardized tests your child may have taken.

It helps to remember that the school generally wants this information in order to determine grade placement. Again, this may not always be in agreement with where you think your child should be placed, but it is often at least a good faith effort at getting your child in the right grade in school.

The school is in charge of grade placement and may use their own assessments.

Sometimes parents are able to easily enroll a child in the grade they request, especially if it is the grade that is typical for the child’s age, and especially during the elementary years. At other times, schools may use testing or their assessment of your child’s home learning, and they will decide which grade a child should be in.

Going from homeschooling to public school in high school might be a bigger deal.

State requirements will vary. Many states require specific courses and end-of-course tests to be passed by each child who will receive a public high school diploma in that state. Public school students do not receive credits for these courses without the tests, and a child who enrolls in public school during the high school years may not receive credits without the tests either.

Administrators may be flexible. In some states, work done at home may not be “counted,” even if a subject was studied in a traditional textbook way. It is worth speaking with administrators to see if they will let your child take end-of-course tests without re-taking the entire courses. I know quite a few teens in different states who were able to get credit in this way, which allowed them to enroll in high school in the grade they expected.

Credit may not be given for work done at home. However, there are also stories of disappointment, where students who would typically have been in 10th grade or later were required to retake lower grade courses at public school after having learned the material at home. In Virginia, for example, many homeschool advocates advise if at all possible, if you believe your child will attend high school, to try to enroll by 9th grade. That’s because not all high schools award credit for work done at home, and they may not allow your child to “test out” of courses. State law in Virginia requires schools to consider work done at home, but because of the emphasis on learning standards, end-of-grade tests, and accreditation, public schools are not required to accept credit transferred from homeschooling.

Homeschool organizations are good sources of information. Check with your state-wide homeschooling organization to find out about the laws for homeschoolers enrolling in public schools, talk to homeschoolers in your area, and talk to the guidance counselor or administrator at the school your child will attend.

Diplomas reflect the school’s requirements. Not awarding high school credit for work done at home may seem unfair at first glance, but think about it from an institutional point of view. If a diploma means the student has taken these specific tests and followed the standardized curriculum, then it might seem that the only fair way to administrate this is to make it apply to all high school students for each year of their work — even if a year or two of that was done at home. The child is no longer getting a homeschool diploma (though by the way, homeschool diplomas work just fine) — but will be getting a public school diploma, which indicates completion of public high school requirements.

Your child might be “ahead” or “behind.”

Your homeschool has been marching to a different drummer. Your child’s skill level or knowledge might be out of sync with expectations for kids the same age at public school.

It’s important to remember that this is also true for students who attend public school who have never been homeschooled. There are kids who are ahead, kids who are behind, and kids who have special needs and challenges.

In some cases, teachers and administrators have an authentic big picture view of this, and they understand that children’s academic levels vary a lot, regardless of how they have been educated before coming to this specific school. In other cases, especially if a child is behind, homeschooling may be blamed as an ineffective approach to education, even though there will be children at the same school who never homeschooled but who are also “behind.”

One of the issues that crops up is that some homeschooling approaches are highly supportive of late bloomers, and the payoff comes in later years when a child’s love for reading and learning has remained in tact because of less coercion to do developmentally inappropriate tasks quite early. For example, a child who learns to read at home at 8 or 9 may not be at a disadvantage at all because of the way homeschooling can compensate during skills lags — but that same child may immediately be seen as behind if she has to enter school as a non-reader.

Homeschoolers differ as to whether the possibility — however slight — of a child needing to attend public school at some point in the future, should mean trying to keep a child on grade level. Read my articles on Homeschooling and Grade Level and When Grade Level Matters for more thoughts on this topic.

If you have a child who has special needs, you should familiarize yourself with Wrights Law and be prepared to advocate for your child to get the best possible education.

You are going to have feelings about all this.

You may have good reasons to quit homeschooling. However, that doesn’t mean you won’t have mixed feelings and second thoughts. You may feel relief that public school is there for your child, but you may feel some grief that your picture of homeschooling did not play out as you hoped.

You may also struggle with adjustment to spending less time with your child and having less say-so over your child’s daily life, as the school acts in loco parentis.

If your child is behind, you may feel guilt that he will struggle, and you may even feel guilt that he will be seen as a poor representative of homeschooling. Some parents run into this thought from administrators: a positive adjustment to school is “in spite of” homeschooling, while a negative adjustment to school is “because of” homeschooling. This attitude has changed over the years, since so many teachers now homeschool their own children and other educators have become more familiar with homeschooling. However, you may still feel that you are seen as having done your child a disservice.

You will need to deal with the bureaucracy.

You’re playing their game now, and just as you made the rules when you were homeschooling, the schools make the rules for their game.

Schools have a lot of rules and red tape. You and/or your child will need to keep track of deadlines, rules, handbooks, homework, schedules, calendars, and more. Start inquiring about enrollment as early as possible once you know your child will attend school.

Many schools are welcoming to new students and want each child to have a positive experience; try to get a handle on the rules and policies to help your child have the best adjustment possible. You’re playing their game now, and just as you made the rules when you were homeschooling, the schools make the rules for their game.

Jeanne Faulconer

A popular speaker at homeschooling conferences, business groups, and parents’ groups, Jeanne Potts Faulconer homeschooled her three sons in North Carolina, Mississippi, and Virginia for twenty years. Jeanne is director of Brave Writer's Homeschool Alliance, which provides homeschool coaching, community, and "grad school for homeschool" for parents. She is the contributing editor for TheHomeSchoolMom newsletter and writes the popular Ask Jeanne column, addressing homeschool parents' questions here at TheHomeSchoolMom. She is a former college faculty member, former editor and book reviewer for Home Education Magazine, a long-time editor for VaHomeschoolers Voice, and a news correspondent for WCVE, an NPR-member station. Holding her Master of Arts degree in Communication, Jeanne has conducted portfolio evaluations for Virginia homeschoolers for evidence of progress for many years.

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  1. Lacy

    Great thoughts here! I have moved my kids from homeschooling to public school and I related to a lot of this. God bless!

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Glad you could relate, Lacy. Changing approaches to education can be a big transition. Thanks for your comment!

  2. H

    Hi! I’m an 8th grader and have been homeschooled my whole life. Currently, I’m considering going to a public high school next year. I’ve been trying to find out like tips or experiences of homeschoolers going into public schools, but can’t find any. Is there any big thing I should keep in mind? From your point of view, is homeschooling better than going to a public school? And also, (I know this is kind of a stupid question), but how exactly do schools work? I know there are like periods, block days (or something like that), but I can’t find anything on the internet explaining it. Thanks!

    • Jeanne Faulconer


      I suggest you see if you can visit the public school you would attend next year. Some schools will let you shadow another student for a day or part of a day. You can also find out the dates of any open house events or orientation sessions that the school might do for 8th graders. They are often held in the spring of the year, and sometimes there are extra dates held in the summer. You or your parent can call the school and tell them you might be enrolling and find out what they might offer that would help you get to know the school. Even if you just met with a guidance counselor, that would give you some idea of the atmosphere of the school, and you’d have a chance to ask your questions.

      For example, some schools do use block scheduling and others do not. A guidance counselor would be able to explain that to you. Block scheduling might mean that instead of attending six or seven classes every day, you attend three on odd number calendar days and four on even number calendar days. But there are a lot of other ways to arrange it, and some schools don’t use block scheduling. They may just arrange their days into regular periods, one for each subject. Block scheduling might mean you stay with one subject for longer, such as 90 minutes or more, where regular school periods are shorter. You learn to coordinate when to bring or submit your homework or plan for class activities once you understand the schedule.

      Is homeschooling better than public school? That’s an opinion question, and some people will say yes and some people will say no. My kids homeschooled through high school, so that worked out well for our family, but I know many other teens who went to public school for high school and were pleased with their decision. One important thing to know is that in many states, a high school won’t give you credit for work done at home, so in some places, if you do plan to attend high school, it’s recommended you go by 9th grade.

      Read more about the good news and bad news of homeschooling in high school.

      Get connected with people at the school you might attend so you can visit and get a feel for things.

      Good luck!


  3. AOGS

    Hi I’m in 9th grade homeschooling and live in Barcelona, Spain I’m not originally from here but I’ve lived here my entire life. From 3 to 12 years old I went to a public school here in Barcelona then I did one year online, which I left because of the 7 hours in front of a computer thing and last year kinda only did English and math. This year I was going to go to San Mateo high school (the school accepted me and said I had an average level…) But we didn’t have the funds to go live close to the high school so I decided to come back here (Barcelona)
    So my question is that if I get my curriculum in order and submit it correctly can I go for 10th grade to q public US high school?
    Thank you and have a great day

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Every state and many individual schools have their own laws, rules, and regulations about this. If you are a resident in the U.S., you can attend public school, but grade placement is up to the school. Many schools do not accept work done at home when they are figuring out grade placement; others might, especially if you have documentation. There is no way to know ahead of time what grade a specific school might assign you to. They might want you to take tests or show work done in 9th grade. Even then, there is no guarantee. You and your parent need to contact an administrator at the school you plan to attend to find out their policies.


      • Haley


        I have homeschooled my daughter since fourth grade to ninth grade and am thinking of putting her into High school next year. Through the years she has worked fine on all her math, Science, health, etc. I am abit nervous she may not meet the level she is to be in for tenth grade like everyone else. Do you think she will fit in fine?

        • Jeanne Faulconer

          Hi Haley,

          Every child is different, every homeschool is different, every curriculum is different, and every school is different. There is no way to know whether your daughter is academically at the level of the tenth graders at your local public school. Many homeschoolers are academically “ahead,” some are “on par,” and others will be behind school students—which, if you think about it, is the same for school students! They are all over the place. My teacher friends have told me that their experience with homeschooled students entering school reflects this very thing: a wide variety of ability levels when they enter school.

          If “where she is” would affect the decision to attend school, perhaps you could ask a former or current teacher to look over her work and talk with her to determine her level. Some people use tests or performance in online classes to help them have an idea of their child’s academic proficiency.

          The thing is, I have known kids who felt behind in specific areas who have gone on to excel in school when they needed to and had the opportunity. I have also known some kids to withdraw from school and return to homeschooling because school was either “too easy” or “too boring” or had “too much busy work.”

          Do keep in mind that many schools do not accept credit for work done while homeschooling grades 9-12. In my state, this is so true that homeschool advocates recommend returning students to school in 9th grade rather than in a later high school grade, so that the student does not get surprised by being told she has to repeat a grade she did at home. Read my article about the Bad News/Good News about Homeschooling High School.

          Good luck to you and your daughter. I hope things go well.


  4. Maureen Gibson

    I’ve been Homeschooling my son since the 4th grade but to be honest he is behind considerably especially in Math and English and his math has never been common core. So if he goes into the High school ( Idaho) with math that is about 3 years behind will they be able to work with him? He is stubborn, easily distracted and possibly slightly autistic.

    • Jeanne Faulconer


      Schools have children at all different levels, including those who have been in school their entire lives and are considered behind. Will they be able to work with him? They are required by law to provide him with an education. Will they work with him effectively in ways he can learn well? That depends on the resources available at the school, the school’s outlook toward children who are not on grade level, and the school’s practices for children who are “stubborn, easily distracted and possibly autistic.”

      There is no way to predict how the school will work with him. Some schools do a great job with children who are transferring from another school, moving into the school division, or coming from homeschooling or private school. Some schools do a great job taking a child’s personal characteristics into consideration. Some schools have a great approach to helping children catch up. Some schools understand that children can be “behind” for many reasons, and they don’t blame homeschooling—since they know they have kids who have been in school since kindergarten who are also behind.

      That said, some schools are under-resourced. Some teachers and administrators may place blame on a child, a parent, or an education method. Some schools have to be pushed to meet children’s needs when they are different from the mainstream. You may have to get an IEP in place and regularly push to make sure the IEP is followed.

      I suggest you meet with the school counselor to discuss your son’s adjustment to school.

      Best wishes,

  5. Monserrat

    I am a homeschooled graduate . And I really miss being in school . I really did not enjoy my homeschooled program . Although I “ graduated “ from it can I enroll back 2 public school ?

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Monserrat,

      There are different laws in every state governing school attendance and homeschooling. In some states, if you are still of the age that schools must require an education, you could possibly re-enroll. That might also depend on how your school views “homeschool graduation.” In many places, homeschool graduation is not something that is “filed” with a school division or department of education, so while you and your parents considered you to have graduated, the school might not even “know” that. Then the challenge is getting them to see the credits you earned at home “count” so you wouldn’t be placed at a grade level lower than you should be—while not looking at those credits and seeing you as a “graduate.”

      It’s a bit tricky to think about. Can your parents help you find out about state laws governing homeschooling and education there? You would also have to think about the potential downside of considering yourself NOT graduated for the purpose of re-entering school.

      Are there alternatives to entering school that could work for you, such as attending community college? That is a great transition for many homeschool grads.


      • Monserrat

        Hi Jeanne so today I went to school to get enrolled back . And they did not want 2 accept me because they seen I had “ all “ my credits that the school offers . Which I find a problem to it because I thought homeschooled work does not count in school ? And I really jus wanna be back in school already !

        • Jeanne Faulconer

          Hi Monserrat,

          Unfortunately, your public school may have the authority to make the decision about this. There is no overall regulation that says “homeschooled work does not count in school.” There is also no overall regulation that says “homeschooled work DOES count in school.” This varies state by state and even school by school.

          Your age could make a big difference and how your state handles “homeschool graduation” matters, too. For example, in my state, neither local school divisions nor the state department of education recognize or have anything to do with how homeschoolers consider themselves “graduated.” They wouldn’t even have a record of it, so it might be possible for a homeschooled teen to not provide information about graduation and just enroll in school. Of course, then she or he might have to start at 9th grade, which might not be ideal.

          See if you can find an adult to help you navigate this: a guidance counselor at the school, a librarian at your public library who might help you look for information about state laws, your local literacy council (ask at the library), a social worker, or a relative.


  6. Calie

    Hey, Jeanne,

    I am in the 11th grade and want to go to public school within the next year, after two months of preparing myself on things. I am hoping, the state I am in (Florida) will allow me to go to my correct level. I have to be honest with you, these past three years I have been homeschooled have been tumultuous and my mother wasn’t always able to keep track of my brother’s and I’s grades with life getting in the way, even though we have been learning. I have figured out many things about this and sometimes the process seems easy, and sometimes hard. Also, how do I make a transcript? Are there sites I can print them out? Thank you.

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Calie,

      I’m sorry that your homeschooling has been tumultuous. There are times when public school is a better choice, although sometimes parents and teens/kids disagree with that for good reasons. I always encourage parents to think about whether the time has come to quit homeschooling because the feeling should never be “homeschool no matter what.”

      Many parents do not use grades for their kids, including college-bound kids. It can be a conscious decision related to an educational philosophy. However, it sounds like you are homeschooling in a way where grades would be typical and expected, and not having grades is not a conscious decision but an indication of some chaos. I’m sorry that is the case for you. Ideally, your parent should be assisting you in your return to public school, and getting together paperwork you need on your own is challenging, I’m sure.

      You can use TheHomeSchooMom’s transcript form to record your classes and credits.

      Talk with a counselor at the school to find out what you will need to go with your transcripts. I don’t know Florida law or policy, but in general, schools may ask for things like test scores, curriculum, class descriptions, grades, and an explanation of how grades were figured. They may not want any of those things, and I’m not saying you should take them in unless you’re asked to. I’m just saying a good first step is to find out what they say they need to determine which credits they will accept from homeschooling.

      I hope the counselor at school will be friendly and helpful to work with. Best wishes in your return to public school.

    • Clara

      Hi Calie! I just started my Senior year of homeschool today and am in the EXACT same position. My brothers and I have fallen behind because my mom did not adequately schedule our courses. We are enrolling back in public but I am trying to save my brothers and I from flunking a grade, so we are all working really hard from sun up to sun down to complete the courses we didn’t know we needed. It’s so glad to hear another older sibling is in the same predicament. I always feel like I am the teacher trying to aimlessly figure out our homeschooling years. I envy kids with homeschool moms who are present and have not grown apathetic. If you ever want to talk you can email me! It’s great to hear I am not alone.

      • Jeanne Faulconer

        Indeed, all types of education, and homeschooling in particular, work best when there is an engaged parent who is helping children and teens learn, grow up, and make the transitions they need to make.

        Calie and Clara, I hope you can find a helpful guidance counselor at your school who can be your advocate. It’s tricky, because school officials really do expect everything to have been done in “a school way,” even though there are many successful homeschool grads who attend college and who are successful young adults WITHOUT having done everything in the exact same way that a public school official might expect. (For example, many homeschoolers don’t “schedule courses” or even arrange their learning into courses all the time). Typically, with an involved parent staying informed on how homeschoolers can move into adulthood, a homeschooled teen will have learned enough or done enough or become self-possessed enough to make the transition.

        The real problem occurs right where you are: when homeschooled kids want or need to go back to public school during the high school years. That’s when they, like you, are faced with trying to translate their homeschooling into a language of credits that public schools will accept. It’s frankly easier in some states to go to community college than it is to return to public high school. (There’s even a book by Blake Boles called College without High School: A Teenager’s Guide to Skipping High School and Going to College).

        When homeschooled teens don’t have an involved parent to help them return to high school or take the next steps they want to take, the challenge is compounded. My heart goes out to you.


        • Clara

          Thank you very much Mrs.Jeanne, that means a lot.

  7. Sheri

    My teen is entering public school as a junior, having been homechooled her entire life. This is her choice as well as ours, as she wants to go into engineering and the school has a terrific program we would not really be able to access otherwise (she doesn’t want to go part-time). She has been looking for tips for homeschoolers entering public school for the first time and not really finding anything helpful. Do you or your readers have any sources? She is somewhat anxious by nature and needs to know what to expect – all possible scenarios, if possible! Thank you in advance!

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Sheri,

      In the places we’ve lived, many homeschoolers do enter high school after having homeschooled for a long time, so they simply talk to each other! I don’t know of specific resources for teens by teens, but it’s a great idea. My suggestion would be to join some “homeschooling teens” Facebook groups and ask parents what their teens have experienced. Of course, going that route, you do risk people focusing on homeschooling through high school. There are definitely teens who are majoring in engineering in college after homeschooling all the way through, so you would hear some of those ideas, and you’d also hear from people who homeschool and dual enroll in community college during the high school years as a transition to majoring in engineering.

      In our state, most teens who are going to high school do go by 9th grade because public schools do not have to accept credit for learning done while homeschooling. That sort of diminishes the pool of teens who don’t attend until their junior year, which could be different in your state.

      Readers may post their experiences here although I expect those drawn to this article may also just be embarking on the transition to school.

      I wish your daughter the best of luck with her plans. I know many teens who have gone to school. Some have stayed in through to college; others have preferred to return to homeschooling. It can work out all kinds of ways!


  8. Yavanna Klappal

    So, I was wondering how I figure out what things my daughter would need to know to enroll in PS in 8th grade. The goal was always to PS for highschool, but now I can’t figure out how to know if she’s ready for 8th grade or not…

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Yavanna,

      This is actually more of a school question than a homeschool question. Your school division may have a set of standards or guidelines for grade levels on their website. These vary from state to state and even within some states, so your best bet is to look for school resources. You could also make an appointment with a counselor or administrator at the school your daughter would enroll in and ask them. Good luck!

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Yavanna,

      This is more of a school question than a homeschool question if your intent is to enroll in public school for 8th grade. I would encourage you to talk to an administrator at the school your daughter would attend. Many school divisions do have websites with standards of learning to show you what students are expected to know or the level of proficiency for each grade. You could also look for online tests for certain subject areas, such as math curricula websites that have placement tests; however, there is no guarantee that homeschool curricula will align perfectly with your local school division.


  9. brenda plants

    If I take my child out in 9th grade to homeschool in wv and she goes back to public school next year does she go to 10th or will she be put in the grade she left in?

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Brenda, as stated in the article, “The school is in charge of grade placement and may use their own assessments.” This can be handled differently from school-to-school, as well as from state-to-state. In general, public schools, not parents or teens, make the decision about grade placement. Schools are commonly more particular about grade placement during the high school years, and schools may not recognize credit for work done at home.

      While you should read more at the two articles I linked, your best sources for information about this are the school or school division where your daughter will attend and local or WV homeschoolers who have experience with returning teens to school during the high school years.

      • senotis barnes

        Can you tell more about Manifestion determination meeting? My son was force to one of theses by the school.

        • Jeanne Faulconer

          Manifestation Determination is a school procedure having to do with behavior, discipline and how they relate to a child’s disabilities. We here at TheHomeSchoolMom specialize in homeschooling rather than school. You need to follow up with administrators at your son’s school. You also may be able to find an individual or organization in your state or community that helps parents advocate for their children who have disabilities if that is the case with your son. See if your school’s guidance counselor can help you understand your son’s situation. Good luck.


  10. Angela

    I have a terminal health situation and my daughter suffers with anxiety. We have been through a number of changes and she decided she wanted to homeschool for 10th grade. Now she wants to go back to public school. I did not keep very good records although she did complete the work. I know that it’s my inadequacy that caused her current problem but the school does not want to accept our transcript and give her the credits she earned at home. Any suggestions as to how I can go back and record her school year?!!
    My health and everything happened at once. I was unfamiliar with homeschooling and learned as we went. If only I could go back!!
    Thank you

    • Brittany

      I am not a professional when it comes to homeschooling or the transition back into public school, but even if they don’t accept your “transcripts” there should be a way to test her to show she did the work and earned the credits while home schooled, such as a placement test. Also did the state you home schooled in require you to do reports to the state, I know some states require very little but some want reports done each “semester”, if you did your should be able to pull those. Hope as turns out well!!

    • Jeanne Faulconer

      Hi Angela,

      I’m so sorry to hear about your health situation. It must be so hard to deal with while your daughter is also heading back to school, and you are trying to help her.

      Unfortunately, schools are able to make the choices about what credits to accept from homeschoolers, and in many states, they do not take any or many. This can definitely impact what grade they are placed in. This is especially true during the high school years. Keep in mind that this can be the case even if homeschoolers have excellent records. The joke is that it is easier for homeschoolers to attend college than to transfer back into a public high school after 9th grade, but it never feels very funny to the person who is trying to do exactly that.

      Indeed, your daughter may be able to show that she can “test” into credits, and I would ask about that. For example, if your state has end-of-year or end-of-course testing and your daughter can pass the test, for, say Algebra 1, then they may give her credit for that class and let her take the next course.

      If your daughter has taken achievement tests but you just no longer have the scores, you might be able to get them from the testing company. It’s worth a try.

      You may be able to make a transcript for 8th and 9th grade (assuming she studied any high school courses in 8th), showing the books and materials she used and describing how she learned and how you assessed her learning. The two of you would just need to start by making a list of the things she studied, reminding each other of topics she learned.

      She may be able to take SATII subject area tests or AP tests to show she is competent in those areas.

      Another option is to see if they will let her begin in some classes that have both 9th and 10th graders (commonly foreign language) and give her permission to take extra credits, including possibly in summer school next summer. True, this option probably has her “doing over” or “doing more” than what she “should” given her at-home learning, but it is a way some students have caught up according to the school rules.

      And finally, it’s possible she could take community college courses instead of classes at public high school. Some students are ready for that and decide it’s a more attractive option than losing high school credits. Community college policies vary by state; for example, some don’t allow enrollment until age 16 or 11th grade.

      You and she will have to talk with the school to get their advice on whether any of these ideas will work. I have known some people who were told a flat “no – nothing will transfer” – only to then meet with someone else at the school who says, well let’s get her the final exam for biology and see how she does, or let’s see a description of the course she studied for math and take a look at the math book.

      Unfortunately, when a homeschooled student transfers in after 9th grade, the school holds the cards. Sometimes they are more flexible than they first appear, and that is what I will hope for you and your daughter. I hope you can make a transcript for her that will lead them to accept credit for work done at home, or that one of the other approaches might work.

      I know you want the best for your daughter, and that it must have been difficult to keep up with things during a tumultuous time.


  11. Elisabeth Schulz

    Thank you for this insight. In our 4th year of homeschooling, we made the decision today to put our kids in PS due to some health challenges I am having. I AM having a bucketful of emotions ~~ everything from fear that my kids are behind to how will I react when the mean office lady turns her nose up at us on the first day (Which she will, because we have seen that from her already). I fear the never ending testing, the behavior charts that have to be initialed every night, the cool kids doing all the cool things. I am going to refer to this article frequently.

    • slaglover

      How did it go Elisabeth, we are reentering a shcool that we had a difficult time at, all of us from siblings to children attending to parents and this article is gearing me up, too. Hope you are all well!

      • Jeanne Faulconer

        Moving from school to homeschooling or homeschooling to school is challenging. These are big transitions for a family. We listen intently when others describe what the process was like for their children. While such changes are big, there are many kids who navigate them with the support of their parents. Keeping the parent-child relationship open and positive is important!


  12. Teya Harper

    Hi currently I’m in online school and I’m thinking of switching back into public school next semester (I say “switching back” because I went to public school up until 8th grade but for my freshmen and half of this year I’ve been in online school.) I’m worried about being behind in a few classes (mainly Spanish and Geometry) so what should I do? How do I prepare?

  13. Deborah Williams

    I have a problem and can’t find anyone to help. I have homeschooled in Dearborn county Indiana for 3 years. This year my daughter said she wanted to try public school. I told her if that was what she wanted. She asked if she didn’t like it could she go back to homeschooling. I told her yes. She came home crying after 1 day and said she didn’t want to go back. I went to school to get her out and back to homeschooling and they are acting like I’m a criminal. Do I have the right to take my daughter out without them acting rude to me?

    • Mary Ann Kelley

      Hi Deborah – Since homeschooling is regulated by the state, it is best to turn to state organizations for answers to questions like this. TheHomeSchoolMom provides general resources to homeschoolers, but doesn’t have the resources to answer questions specific to each state’s requirements. Our Indiana local homeschool organizations page might be able to point you in the right direction, but there is no substitute for reading the relevant statute(s) yourself. When you know the law, you are empowered when talking to local officials.

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