By Louise Frazer.

The step from homeschool to postsecondary can seem like crossing the Grand Canyon. In fact, the fear of not being able to enter a college, university, or trade is a major reason why some families choose not to homeschool through high school. While the steps to postsecondary entrance are not all clear cut, it is entirely possible with planning ahead, and persevering through the obstacles. One family shares their story of how their three oldest children have entered post-secondary institutions.

Chantal* has homeschooled all of her 9 children since Kindergarten. She admits that homeschooling is not the easy road to take. But she does not flinch at hard work and opposition, nor do her children. For Chantal, the preparation for postsecondary entrance began years ahead of applying. With a large family, Chantal found Tree of Life’s services for homeschooling families invaluable. They helped with planning their courses and with producing polished, coherent transcripts. Additionally, Chantal says it was important to give her children a solid understanding of science and they found Apologia distance courses gave them the content and structure they were looking for.

When the two oldest boys, 17 and 19 at the time, were ready to apply to university, both simultaneously, they applied to an American university — equipped with their Tree of Life transcripts. They then wrote SAT tests, after which the older brother was accepted into a specialized program offering a bachelor degree combined with pilot and aviation maintenance courses. The younger of the pair was accepted into engineering with a scholarship because of his high scores on the SAT test.

When Chantal’s third son was finishing homeschool, he chose applying to CEGEP in science. Like his older brothers, he submitted his application with the Tree of Life transcript. Chantal says that it took a long time for an answer, but finally he was accepted as a student coming from New Brunswick (where Tree of Life is located) on condition that he complete an extra science course. Less than halfway through that course, the college realized he did not need any remedial course. In fact, he soon discovered that he had already covered most of the material in other subjects as well.

Of course, entering post-secondary institutions is only part of the battle. The question many would have is, “How are they doing?” Chantal relates that they all are doing well. There were adjustments to be made, such as planning the amount of time to complete assignments, and for the son in CEGEP, confronting a world view very different from his own. However, all three have adjusted well and are rising to the occasion of new challenges.

Their mother says that homeschooling is not the easy road, but it is worth it. She advises parents to equip their children well in advance to withstand the pressures young people must face when they move beyond homeschooling. With three who have transitioned well both academically and socially, it is clear that Chantal is fulfilling her mission.   

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