Why your teen needs to list competitions on the homeschool transcript.
Competitions on the Homeschool Transcript
Even if your teen isn’t competitive, you should list some competitions on his/her homeschool transcript. Why? Competitions on the transcript give college admissions officers a quick look at college-readiness skills.
- Competitions show drive (willingness to push, work hard, stick to a project even under pressure- like college life)
- Competitions show developed interest (ability to pursue a calling even under pressure- like college life)
- Competitions show developed skill (which is what college is all about)
Take a small corner and list competitions on the homeschool transcript. List competitions they participated in and awards they won. They don’t need to have won a big award for each competition. Simply participating shows drive.
Here are some competitions our local homeschool high schoolers have done:
- Science Olympiads
- Local Homeschool Group Speech Competitions (Our local homeschool Rhetoric League is large.
When I led the group, I developed some of material- Sabrina added the more dramatic portions from her homeschool drama groups- that became 7Sisters Speech I curriculum. It is fun, engaging, easy, and helps remove the fear-factor in public speaking!)
- Regional Choir and Music Competitions (ACSI has been very friendly to our large homeschool support group and allowed us to participate)
- Regional Arts Competitions (ACSI again)
- Regional Speech and Drama Meets (ACSI again)
- Renaissance Faire Madrigals Competitions
- Scholastic Writing Competitions
- English-Speaking Union Shakespeare Competitions
- Poetry Outloud
- American Legion Patriotic Speech Competitions
- Local College Writing Competitions
- President’s Fitness Award
- Civil Air Patrol Awards
- HSLDA Writing Competitions
- Community Film Project Competitions
- Music Writing Competitions
- Online Poetry Competitions
- 4-H County and State Fairs
- National Geography Bee
- Math Counts
- Sports team award should be listed (1st place in competitions, MVP for the team, etc)
There’s endless possibilities! Power the transcript up by listing competitions!
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Why Your Teen Needs to List Competitions on the Homeschool Transcript