For Seniors


Important Information For Seniors

1. Register at the BEGINNING of the school year (August)– We cannot stress this enough. It is important for all students to be enrolled at the beginning of the school year, but it is even more imperative that seniors enroll at the beginning of each school year. Failure to turn in paperwork at the appropriate time in the senior year can delay or even prevent graduation! Make sure to turn in all paperwork on time! We expect to receive applications for all students in August or September, first-semester grades at the end of January or early February, final grades in May or June, and summer school grades by August 31. If a senior does summer school after the senior year, final summer school grades must be received by August 31 or the student must register and continue studies in the next school year. We will not enroll a returning student as a senior unless we have received the final grade report for the previous school year. We will work with you to the best of our ability, but submitting proper paperwork is your responsibility!

2. Gateway requires that seniors be registered at least six months in order to graduate– (Exception: Returning students who register at the beginning of the school year may be able to graduate at the end of the first semester.) Returning students who will be seniors and do not register by December 15 of their senior year will be required to continue their studies for six months before they can graduate. For example, a senior registering in February will not be eligible to graduate until August of that year.

3. Be sure to turn in first-semester grades on time, especially in the senior year– Gateway reviews each student's file when we receive first-semester grades in the senior year to ensure that seniors are on-track for graduation.

4. Hope (Lottery) Scholarship Eligibility– Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation (TSAC) awards the Hope (Lottery) Scholarship to home-educated students who have received an ACT score of 21 (or SAT equivalent) and have been enrolled with a home-education program for one full year immediately preceding graduation.

Senior Information Letter

We hope this letter will answer some of your questions and provide you with helpful information. Please contact us if you have any questions.

Note: We cannot register returning seniors until we receive a grade report for the previous year.


  • A. The diploma will be mailed out approximately two weeks after we receive the final grade form. Plan ahead because coursework must be finished in time to send final grades.
  • B. All diplomas will be sent directly to the home address.


  • A. Include student’s full name and date of birth on the request.
  • B. If you want a final transcript sent to a college, university, or other institution, please make sure to request a transcript by phone, email, fax, or mail. Please do not assume that we know where you need a transcript to be sent.
  • C. Typically a request is processed within 10 business days of being received by a guidance counselor.
  • D. Watch deadline dates and make your request in plenty of time for us to fulfill it by the deadline.
  • E. Be sure we have the student’s most recent ACT/SAT scores.
  • F. Be sure we have received current Grade/Attendance forms. (Transcripts sent to colleges in January or February of the senior year should typically include fall-semester grades.)
  • G. When applying to a college for admission or scholarship
    • 1. Read forms carefully.
      • a. Many have a section requiring school official/counselor verification. Complete the student/parent portion and be sure to sign if required, then send the form to Gateway for verification and signature by school official.
      • b. We will complete the form, attach an official transcript, and send it to
        the college (via fax and/or mail).
    • 2. Please be sure to provide all pertinent college information: correct address, name of contact person, fax number, etc.
    • 3. Note: Many colleges have forms which can be downloaded from their websites.


  • A. Be sure to use specific course titles.
  • B. Be sure to assign credits, enter the number of days completed as well as
    the date the semester ended and sign the grade form.
  • C. Grade forms with problems will be returned to you. (This includes those which are not signed or lack final grades, as well as those which lack the days completed or credits have been omitted, and/or those having conflicts concerning the ending dates of semesters.)
    D. Summer school grades must be submitted on a separate grade form marked, “Summer (year).”
  • E. Note: Economics seems to be the course that causes the most confusion.
    • 1. This study focuses on influences of government, business, and individuals
      on economic systems (i.e. both macroeconomics and microeconomics).
    • 2. This requirement is not met by accounting, marketing, consumer math, home
      economics, or personal finance.


  • A. Ceremonies
    • 1. To participate in a local area graduation ceremony, contact graduation coordinator ASAP—many have deadlines.
    • 2. Since Gateway Total Home Education Program does not have a graduation ceremony, many families choose private ceremonies at home or church. Others prefer large, formal ceremonies (see list).
    • 3. Establish date—school year should end at least two weeks prior to the ceremony (so that grades can be sent to us in time for us to send diploma to you in time for graduation).
  • B. Supplies
    • 1. You may print your own invitations. You can design and order your own class ring through a local department store, jeweler or graduation supply company.
    • 2. Websites for ordering graduation supplies (caps, gowns, class rings, etc.): (has Gateway’s mascot on file for rings)
    • 3. Gateway’s official school colors are red, white and blue.
    • 4. Gateway’s mascot is a “Challenger,” which is a knight mounted on a horse.

Also, check out our pages on the ACT/SAT, Graduation Ceremonies, High School Guidelines, Scholarship Information and High School FAQ's.



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