It concerns me that many parents of teens feel like they “need” to send their teens to public or private school for the high school years. Parents sometimes make the choice to send their teens to school because they are worried that their children won’t be able to get into a good college. While that may have been the case in the past, it is quickly changing. Homeschooling is becoming so widespread that many colleges now realize that homeschooled students in most cases are a benefit to their college. In fact, colleges are beginning to actively pursue homeschooled students in many cases.
There is no reason to feel like your student must go to school from 9th to 12th grades! You can homeschool during these years and see your student gain acceptance into a reputable college! There are a few tips to keep in mind, though, that will make the process of getting into college easier and less stressful.
One important tip is to keep good records! This does not have to be a difficult, tedious process. There are plenty of good transcript programs available that will help you if you’re interested in investing in one of them. While transcript programs make it easier to keep up with classes and grades, they can be expensive and they are not a necessity. For my high schoolers, I simply keep a written record of the title of each course, a general description of each course, and my student’s score when the course was completed. When the time comes to prepare a transcript in a couple of years or so, I’ll find the “formula” needed to calculate my student’s GPA for each class and over-all. (Isn’t it great how you can find nearly anything you need on Google?)
Another tip to keep in mind is that the GED test is not the same as a diploma. Some colleges have required a GED from homeschooled students before acceptance. It is becoming more common, though, for colleges to accept diplomas issued by the parents—especially if those diplomas are accompanied with a well-kept transcript. You don’t want to simply submit a GED score without a transcript and diploma because the college may assume that your student didn’t complete the work he or she needed to do to graduate from high school.
You may find it interesting to know that, unlike publicly schooled students, homeschooled students are not required to have a certain number of “credits” in order to graduate. (You need to double check the requirements in your particular state, though, just to be sure! Requirements can and do change from time to time.) I like to have an idea of the credit requirements for my state just as a general guide for my high schoolers, but I don’t stick closely to those numbers.
One additional recommendation is to contact an organization such as the Home School Legal Defense Association that can offer advice and assistance. While you may never need their services, I believe it’s worth the money to join and maintain your membership just in case you ever need them. (HSLDA also provides free legal representation to HSLDA member homeschooling families who need legal help due to a homeschool-related situation.)
Yes, preparing your homeschooled student for college can seem a bit intimidating. It is something you absolutely can do, though! Just keep a few basic tips in mind and ask for help if you need it.
Do you have tips or recommendations to add? Please leave a comment with your info!