homeschool students

Homeschool Students

Finish high school while earning college credits! You can get a head start on college or enhance your homeschool curriculum with credit classes at DCC. 

Enhance your homeschooling program—or earn college credits—by partnering with DCC! Here are two of the most common ways to go about meeting NYS requirements for secondary education graduation requirements: You can take classes required by your school district and submit transcripts to your school's guidance counselor at the end of each semester. Or you can enroll in a 24-credit program that satisfies New York State's High School Equivalency Diploma (read more about this below). 

By taking classes with DCC during your homeschooling, you'll also:

  • Save money. By enrolling in classes while working toward your HSE diploma, you’ll pay just one-third the full tuition rate per credit.

  • Save time. Earn credits you can apply toward college degree and certificate programs.

  • Make progress on your future major or career, which could lower your future college tuition costs.

  • Enjoy flexible scheduling. Complete courses at our Poughkeepsie or Fishkill locations – or online!

  • Explore classes based on your interests or intended career path.

  • Receive personalized attention from faculty and staff focused on your success.

  • Get hands-on lab experience in courses like biology, chemistry and physics.

  • Get a taste of college life! You’ll have full access to campus resources including the Math & Science Center, Writing Center, library, advising services, fitness center, student clubs, activities and more!

Get started!

First, you'll need to apply as an "early admit" student. Please use this application to apply. Someone from our Admissions Office will follow up with you about the next steps.

24-Credit High School Equivalency

While not required, some homeschool students use the courses taken at DCC to apply for a NYS High School Equivalency (HSE) Diploma. A New York State High School Equivalency diploma will be issued to a student who satisfactorily completes 24 applicable credits toward a degree or certificate. The credits must include the following:

  • Six credits in English (usually two 3-credit classes)

  • Three credits in Mathematics (usually one class)

  • Three credits in Natural Science (usually one class)

  • Three credits in Social Science (usually one class)

  • Three credits in Humanities (usually one class)

  • Six credits in college degree program requirements (usually two 3-credit classes)

Learn more about the 24-credit high school equivalency here.