In New Hampshire, homeschoolers may self-certify their children's graduation. If a student completes the equivalent of high school prior to turning 18 years old, parents must file notice with the state Department of Education to satisfy compulsory attendance requirements per RSA 193:1, I(f)(2).
Homeschoolers that follow RSA 193-A do not need to fulfill credits, take particular courses or tests, or maintain a transcript in order to graduate. The requirement is to cover that list of broad subjects found in statute at some point in the child's grade 1 to 12 learning -- science, mathematics, language, government, history, health, reading, writing, spelling, the history of the constitutions of New Hampshire and the United States, and an exposure to and appreciation of art and music. If your teen's post-graduation pursuits require a transcript, we have information and tips on our High School & Beyond page.
The NH DOE has a sample self-certification form, and GSHE created a sample high school graduation letter.
It is highly recommended to send the notification via certified mail as parents are responsible for maintaining these records. The state DOE’s mailing address is 101 Pleasant Street, Concord, NH 03301-3860.
Federal law recognizes that NH home educated students can self-certify graduation to be eligible for Federal Student Aid (FSA) funds.
If the student is 18 years of age or older, there is no need to file a notice with the NH DOE because the student is above the education attendance requirement age per RSA 193:1.