Homeschool to College
by Diane Connors
First of all, let’s look at what a typical course of study is during the high school years.
Homeschooling High School
Here are a few high school curricula that you can purchase, if interested:
Time4Learning (secular) Link here
Liberty University (Christian) Link here
My Father’s World (Christian) Link here
High School Online (free, secular) Link here
Keystone High School Link here
Laurel Springs High School Link here
Oak Meadow High School (secular) Link here
Aztec High School Link here
Calvert (secular) Link here
American School (secular) Link here
Getting a College Degree: Is It Worth It?
The following articles will give your family food for thought when considering if it’s worth the time and money to earn a college diploma in today’s world. There are pros and cons to doing so and it’s certainly something to research before making the commitment.
Is College Worth It?
Is a College Degree Still Worth It?
The Great College Debate: Is College Still Worth It?
A Comparison of the Pros and Cons of Going to College
Advice, Opinions and Facts About Homeschoolers and College
1. Whether a 2 or 4 year college/university, each one has their own admissions criteria.
2. I suggest that you (meaning your child/parents) decide which route you want to go; 2 year or 4 year school, to start.
3. Once you have decided where to begin, contact several colleges and ask them for their homeschool admissions criteria. Of course, write everything down when you talk to them on the phone or in person.
4. As for needing a high school diploma, that, too, will depend on the college’s criteria.
5. If you want/need a high school diploma, you can simply print one out and it “counts” since the parent determines when graduation occurs. Some colleges offer a blank copy that you can fill out online for free (you can ask if they do). Or, you can use this link or a similar one that you search for: high school diploma
6. What some colleges like as admissions criteria is a portfolio (with or without a diploma). Here is a link to give you an idea of how to compose a homeschool portfolio for college admission: http://www.mariannesunderland.com/2013/01/how-to-build-a-college-portfolio-for-your-homeschooled-highschooler/ and also and this and finally, this /.
7. It is common for parents to worry, at least a little, about their teen getting accepted into college/university, when they’ve been homeschooled. Why? Because we love our kids and want the best for them. If the teen wants to go to college, we, as parents, want to feel confident that they will gain admission. For parents who haven’t yet experienced their homeschooled child getting accepted into a college, please trust those who have gone before you. I don’t know of one single child who has been denied college admission! Quite the contrary; colleges are known to have open arms welcoming homeschooled children. Why?
8. While it is common for public/privately schooled high schooled teens to experience external pressures to “go to college to be a success”, it is not common for homeschooled children. Homeschool parents know that a successful college experience will only come from a student who WANTS to be a college student; the attitude in which they will want to maximize their academic experience in a field they have a passion for. Why else would one go to college?
Advice for making the transition from high school to college as smooth as possible for a homeschooled student is simple; plan well in advance and keep your documentation organized. That said, there are plenty of homeschoolers who have gained college admissions without doing portfolios, SAT’s, GED’s, or similar testing. Community colleges typically have very flexible admission criteria; they may want a parent-created diploma (print it out online), and a basic math and English placement test. The test is not for grading purposes, but simply to see what courses are most appropriate for any new student whether they are age 13 or 53.
Whatever path you choose to take; no college, delayed college, community college or starting at the university level – homeschoolers have a long time, proven track record of successfully attending and graduating from colleges across America. Relax, do your college admissions ‘homework’, and enjoy the ride! The road has been paved by thousands of homeschool college graduates who have gone before you, and you will continue to pave it for those who will come after you. Make it a memorable, positive experience!