Growing Numbers Of Students Graduating Outside Of High School System – Homeschooling Makes ‘GED’ Unnecessary

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Students cite safety, curriculum restrictions and social cliques as justification for shifting to Homeschooling study, coursework, and even graduation.

Vesta Minnesota is not a large town. There’s one high school, 300 or so people, and everyone knows everyone. So when Karla Paskewitz realized she was ‘out of the clique’, and had no chance of breaking into the dominant social circle at her small public school, she decided to concentrate on her studies. When that turned out to be similarly difficult, by virtue of the government school tendency to move through coursework at pace, without making certain the student is keeping up, Karla wondered if there might be a better option. She found that better option home schooling.

Taking a chance on the unknown, she registered for Citizens’ High School, a home schooling program that would allow her to study what subjects she wanted to study, at her own pace, and graduate with a fully accredited high school diploma, as opposed to a GED, all from the comfort of her own living room. Given the freedom to study at her own pace and in her own time, Karla didn’t just do well, she did outstanding. She managed to finish three years worth of coursework in just two years; allowing her to be eligible for college a year sooner than most, and with a fantastic GPA.

“Karla is one of those students who, if given the freedom to control her own destiny, really excels,” said Citizens’ High School Director Onna L. East. “She clearly wasn’t happy juggling the usual government school issues of navigating social cliques and who’s friends with who, and who is popular and who is not – she just wanted to be given the chance to learn without all the associated rubbish that all too often comes with the education system, and at her own speed. We’re really happy she chose Citizens’ High School, and very proud to see her graduate so fast.”

In appreciation of Karla’s success, Citizens’ High School dubbed Paskewitz their Graduate of the Month. She intends to get a full-time job, for now, while she decides what area she would like to study in college.

About Citizens’ High School:

Citizens’ High School is an online learning organization that provides high quality coursework for people to earn a REAL high school diploma (as opposed to the lesser GED) from an accredited high school program. The school was founded in 1981 and is located in Orange Park Florida, and is one of the few home schooling high school programs that offers genuine ‘study at your own pace’ accelerated learning options, and a bona fide high school diploma at the end of the course. Potential students and family members of people seeking better high school options are encouraged to explore the Citizen’s High School website at


Onna L. East (Director)

P.O. Box 66089

Orange Park, FL 32065-6089

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