Worried about how to get college acceptance for homeschool high schoolers?
College Acceptance for Homeschool High Schoolers
In my years as academic advisor for our local homeschool high school upper classmen, I often talked to parents who were concerned about what happens AFTER high school. They wanted tips to get college acceptance for their homeschool high schoolers.
- Don’t overshoot- It is a waste of time to apply to colleges WAY over a teens’ ability. A good rule of thumb is to check college websites for the statistics on incoming freshmen. Your teens’ test scores should be fairly close to those scores. (If they are much under the average score, your teens, if accepted, may start out at a disadvantage.)
- Have academic rigor and explain it on the transcript- Many colleges are looking for academic rigor in at least some courses. You and your homeschool high schoolers should choose a course, or courses, each year to level-up to honors. Show the level on the transcript and include a legend on the transcript that explains how the level-up was earned.
- Show the sparkle– Your homeschool high schoolers should explore and expand interests with extra and unusual electives, invest in extracurriculars that require some commitment, and include plenty of service hours. This gives the transcript sparkle and makes your teens standouts! (Try unusual courses like Human Development, Public Speaking, Drama, or Philosophy.)
- Make sure your homeschool high schooler can write and edit- This is VITALLY important for colleges that require admission essays (and for the entire time they are in college). Nuff said. Get a good curriculum that is fun, no busywork, accessible, and self-directed and have your teens write, write, write! (7Sisters writing guides were designed to develop college-prep skills in a don’t-make-your-teens-hate-writing format.)
- Get good references- Have your teens spend the high school years developing some solid mentorships. This is good for your teens’ souls. AND it gives you reference writers who actually know your kids- so they can write a great reference for them.
These are all things where you and your teens have some control. There are things that are out of your control (# of seniors applying for a limited number of spaces at a college, the mood of the admissions officers on the day they read your teens’ application, and God’s will about the situation.) You can trust God to open and close doors on these things. Do what you can and leave the rest to Him.