Can I leave high school (with parents consent) at 15, pursue my education at home, and still go to a good university?

I am now convinced that the education system offered in public schools is detrimental to one’s brain development. All it is, is rote memorization. I believe I could progress far faster by myself, in subjects of my interest, namely Math and Physics. Thank you to anyone who reciprocates.

Written Oct 9, 2016

Absolutely … as long as you comply with the laws of your state (in the US).


In our state, your parents (or guardian) submit a letter to the local school district. That’s it. You are now a homeschooler. Our state also requires an annual evaluation form a certified teacher (or standardized test).

So make sure you check the laws in your state, and the requirements of your local school district.

There are many options for homeschooling. Again, in our state, students can use the online school provided free of charge by the state / local school district. It is essentially the same curriculum as regular school, and even has teachers assigned. Completion of this option will provide a high school diploma.

Other options include Khan Academy, Coursera, etc. Basically, you need to do some research to figure out your best options. Subscribe to the Homeschool section of Quora – there is already a lot of advice there.

Lastly, a couple of comments and personal observations.

Homeschooling is what you make of it. It is not necessarily easier than regular school, and is not suitable for everyone (particularly people who require a lot of structure). However, if you do it well, it will provide a lot of opportunity to proceed at your own pace, dig deep into areas that interest you, and allow you to move (much) faster if you choose.

Lastly, I should point out that you do not need a high school diploma to get accepted into many universities (in fact, many universities are actively recruiting homeschoolers). Check out the websites of universities that interest you to find out about their admissions criteria.

Good luck, and have fun learning!