Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Leaving High School Legally in California

Several years back, when I was trying to figure out for my son this "how to get out of high school legally"stuff, it seemed impossible. I was confused and had no idea how simple the paperwork and process really was. I hope this short post makes the process of getting out of the public school system easier and less painful for you.

Once you pass the California high school proficiency examination, you are free to self construct the rest of your life and education. Here's the info you need:
  • You can find general info about the exam here
  • For info about eligibility requirements for registering for the exam, (under and over 16 years old), click here. 
  • To register for the upcoming exams, click here. 
  • If you are worried about being legal before passing the exam, you can file your own private school affidavit form, otherwise known as your PSA. For info, click here.
Don't let the process intimidate you. It's actually quite simple!


Alternicity said...

In the UK you have only to write to your kids headmaster/mistress and tell them to remove the child from their lists.

It feels good doing that, all by itself :)

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Kristin said...

Hi Amanda,

I found you on twitter and dropped in and snooped a bit. I like what I see here.

I just wanted to note an option for people that was brought to our attention and that we used for our son awhile back.

If you have declared yourself a private school, as the "principal" or "primary educator" or whatever you call yourself, you may determine if your son or daughter has met the criteria of completing their sophomore year.

In our case, our son was younger than the age that was deemed, so we used the other option the state provides which was to designate him having completed his sophomore year.

We had no problems and we were correct in our thinking that he had met the criteria because he passed the test easily.

Having taken that test, he enrolled as a fully matriculated student in community college which meant he could take ANY classes of his choosing (not an option for students in high school who take classes at the community college).

He began with a couple of classes, Spanish and English, and aced them. I share that not to brag, but to emphasize that even though he hadn't been in a classroom setting since Kindergarten, entering the school environment wasn't a problem for him.

BTW: I am following your blog and I hope you will check out mine too.