Did I graduate high school, officially?
March 14, 2012 9:56 PM Subscribe
Did I graduate HS? How does education verification (like a background check) for a high school diploma work? (Specifically, with small private schools.)
posted by clever anonymous username to work & money (20 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
In the USA: Is there some state registry of students who have completed high school in a given year (perhaps some list that private schools would be required to report to the state each year) that background check companies will check with? Or would they contact the schools directly?
I finished high school years ago but did not get my diploma because I never completed a research paper. In the interim, I have graduated from college with a bachelors degree and also took the GED, just in case. But I'm curious what employers who run an education verification on me will see, and how to present myself on form applications. (Past employers have never run checks on me.)
In most situations like this I'd figure that I am not on record anywhere as having graduated high school (from my actual school--not via GED), but my school is small and odd and sometimes disorganized and it is not outside the realm of possibility that I got reported to some state agency as having graduated. (I was actually in the running to be valedictorian other than this incomplete, so they probably expected I'd turn in the paper eventually.)
I'm not trying to hide anything per se and if necessary would explain this to potential employers in person. I'm mostly curious vis a vis how to present myself on standard form applications that ask what high school one attended and whether one graduated, especially with big companies that might run checks automatically. If I'm on some official registry as having graduated (and thus for all intents and purposes did graduate, despite this missing research paper), it would be easiest to just say yes on those forms.
So how do I figure this out? Is there a state registry I can contact? Forms that I can have someone send to the school to get information on me? Do I have to somehow get an education check run on myself? If so, do all of the different companies verify stuff the same way?
I would like to stress that calling my school and identifying myself to ask them how they handled it is not an option for me (it's a small, informal, chatty, nosy community, I'm living a life they wouldn't approve of, and I'd rather not talk to them.)