How do I get a diploma for my homeschool high schooler? How do homeschoolers get high school diplomas?

Do Homeschoolers need high school diplomas?

As I am now homeschooling a high school senior for the third time I thought I would answer a question many homeschoolers of high schoolers ask: How do I get a high school diploma for my homeschooler and do they even need one?

The short answer is no.

Homeschoolers, in most cases, do not need a high school diploma.

In general a high school transcript is all that is needed to prove a person completed a high school education. In fact colleges and most other academic institutions require a transcript over a diploma. Neither of my sons have homeschool high school diplomas and both have gone on to higher education and employment without being asked to present a diploma. (Although both have been asked for transcripts)

Even if you don’t need a high school diploma you might want one.

Reasons you might want a homeschool high school diploma anyway include:

  • To frame on the wall.
  • To avoid giving out a transcript with poor marks.
  • Presenting a diploma to prove you graduated might be easier than submitting an entire transcript.
  • For those not pursuing higher education it gives some closure to your education.

Where do I get a homeschool high school diploma?

Deciding on how and where to get a diploma for your homeschooler is a personal decision. Keep in mind a diploma really is just a piece of paper so getting one is not difficult at all. It is completely legitimate to issue a diploma on our own as long as you follow your state’s homeschool laws.

“It is completely legitimate to issue a diploma on our own as long as you follow your state’s homeschool laws.”

  • Make one on your own: This option is simple and affordable. Get some quality paper and use a certificate template on your word processor. Easy. Peasy. Done!
  • Order one from a supplier: There are many different companies who print beautiful diplomas for homeschoolers. offers a variety of choices that can be customized.
  • Use an accredited homeschool umbrella program: This only works if you start early. Although most have rather stringent requirements some are rather flexible. This is not my favorite option because I think the advantages of homeschooling high school are the independence so don’t let yourself be boxed in. I understand though some people are just more comfortable with this option.

Final Thoughts

A homeschool high school diploma is not really necessary. It is much more important to focus on creating a solid transcript relecting your child’s homeschool curriculum than it is to have a diploma. If you do want a diploma, however, it’s easy to issue one! So don’t worry and just enjoy your child’s final years homeschooling.

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About Mary

Mary Stephens holds a degree in international affairs from Georgetown University and a Masters in Teaching from the American University. Mary spent almost twenty years homeschooling her four children and is now navigating post homeschool life in Alaska. She offers personal insights, recipes, homeschooling tips and tricks and travel advice on her website Mary also owns Christopher Travel, a luxury travel company specializing in exquisite vacations around the globe.


  1. film on November 26, 2020 at 9:25 am

    Excellent article. I am dealing with a few of these issues as well.. Katherina Brade Uno

    • Mary on November 30, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Homeschooling high school can be overwhelming. Let me know if you have any questions. I offer homeschool consulting for high school and can walk you through the college application process.

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