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Leaping Blog Question – Is Unschooling Legal?

Another response to a question I received about unschooling. If you have your own question, click on the “Email Me Today” link on the right sidebar and send me your question.

Bmxbadgirl asks: Is unschooling legal? What about a diploma? or getting into college? How does all that work?

Yes, unschooling is legal, since homeschooling is legal in all fifty states and unschooling is simply one method of homeschooling.

Your diploma would depend upon your particular state requirements for homeschooling. In Alabama, where I homeschooled our children, they had to be enrolled in a church school and the church school worked with the parents, setting requirements for diplomas. All three of my children were unschooled through high school, all three graduated with a diploma. Two went to college with no problems resulting from the church school diploma. Each state has different homeschooling laws, so you would need to know what those were and talk to unschoolers in your state to find out how they work within those laws.

I have an article I wrote while my children were in high school, describing our experiences unschooling high school:

I hope this helps your further understanding of unschooling. If you have more questions, please feel free to email me with them.

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