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5 Celebrities Speak on Not Finishing High School

Ending up skipping some of high school or never officially completing their education in an actual school facility, these celebrities have spoken on missing out on that typical high school experience. Some say it was a sacrifice they happily made in order to launch their careers, while others are sad they missed out on some of the key moments other teenagers enjoy. Here is what they personally feel about missing out on those memorable school years.

Claire Danes


Claire was schooled on set: “I started working when I was very young. I got an agent when I was 12 and fortunately was employed consistently from that point on. So I didn’t really go to a conventional high school. I was tutored on sets and things.”

Emma Stone

Emma dropped out to follow her acting dreams and has no regrets: “I did Superbad in what would have been my senior year. I was playing a senior, and, had I graduated, I would’ve missed that opportunity, and had I missed that opportunity I wouldn’t be here right now.”

Keira Knightley

Keira dropped out aged 17 and says she is always keen to show people how smart she is now: “I am completely uneducated. Not going to university did give me an incredible driving force because it leaves you with a slight chip on your shoulder.”

Miley Cyrus

Miley wishes she had a high school experience: ”High school is something I wish I could have had. I still got to go to a prom but it wasn’t the same. Like, people bugged me for photos when I was at the prom. I went with a gay guy and it was the best, most fabulous night of my whole life, but it was different because it wasn’t like I was asked by my high school boyfriend or anything. And it wasn’t like I knew everyone else at the prom, because I was just a guest. So I guess I miss having had that.”

Nikki Reed

Nikki was able to home school herself: “I moved out (from home) when I was 15.. and then I home schooled myself and then I got my Ged (General Educational Development diploma)… (I did that for) about a year and then I took my equivalency (exam). I have a certificate.”