Certainly, one of the most frequently-asked questions directed at homeschoolers is “What will you do about University?” There is a prevailing assumption that homeschooled students will be unable to get into university or college. To be honest, there are extra challenges and extra considerations for the homeschool family when looking at post-secondary education. But it is not impossible! In fact, as the reputation of homeschooled students becomes well-known, some of the world’s most sought after academic institutions are actively pursuing homeschoolers.
http://www.carolinajournal.com/exclusives/display_exclusive.html?id=3983, or http://voices.yahoo.com/homeschoolers-preferred-colleges-universities-6318238.html?cat=4 or http://homeschooling.penelopetrunk.com/2012/04/27/top-universities-want-you-to-homeschool/
Homeschooling your children through high school will provide unique learning opportunities and life-skills that more than adequately prepare them for the challenges that post-secondary education will present. Whether your child is looking to attend university or college, or to pursue a trade, the doors will open to them with a little preparation work on your part.
Generally speaking, it is important to be thinking ahead and to be researching the requirements for admission to your institution of choice by the time your child is in Grade 10 or 11. Admissions requirements can differ from school to school, and even from program to program within the same school. It is often helpful to make an intentional connection with one person in the admissions office. Having a go-to person gives a face to your name as well as ensuring that you do not hear differing information from different people.
To cover some of the basic admissions requirements that you may encounter, there are certain documents you will want to get in order. For example, you will likely want to compile a portfolio of your child’s academic achievements. It may include samples of written work, final exam scores, proof of work and volunteer experience, awards and certificates received, a resume, samples of art projects, work and personal reference letters, and so on. Also, you may want to have your student write the SAT or ACT exams. Any benchmark, objective, standardized test helps the post-secondary institution to compare your child’s academic level with their expectations. Also, you may have your student write their GED. Some students take college courses online as part of a dual-enrollment plan during high school and then use those grades and credits as part of their application process.
There is a lot to consider as you and your student prepare for the post-secondary phase of their education. But it is doable! You are more than equipped to do this with your child, and where you have further questions, HSLDA is here to help.