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Tips For Homeschoolers Applying For College

Tips For Homeschoolers Applying For College
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Homeschooling is an option for every American family. The decision to homeschool is a private, family determination. However, homeschoolers may miss the college process and planning information provided to public school students. It is typical for homeschoolers to use a professional essay writer to cope with every school task. This article will provide some basic tips to assist homeschool families to prepare for college admission.

The Public School Counselor Consultation

Many states permit homeschoolers limited access to student services within the public school. For example, in the state of Minnesota, homeschool families can access secondary school counseling services for up to $194.63 per year. This means that the school counselor has to track the meeting time with the homeschool family and submit it to the district office. The district office determines how much $194.63 amounts in counseling time. Regardless, homeschoolers have a right to consult with a public school counselor in many states.

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The school counselor can provide the family information on the college and the application process. Families should have a list of questions to ask the counselor, as the consultation time is limited. Some questions can include:

When and where are the nearest SAT, ACT, and PSAT testing dates and locations?

Can I receive a fee waiver for the tests (only if income levels permit)?

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Is there a college admission checklist provided to students and families?

Does the school have an online college and career program? If so, how does one access it?

How do students receive scholarship information?

The CLEP Tests

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Although widely available the College Level Examination Program, or CLEP, seems like a secret. This program is directed by The College Board; the same company that oversees the SAT and Advanced Placement programs. The CLEP is 34 subject tests. For students who do not have an opportunity to take AP courses, either because the school does not offer AP courses or the student was not able to take AP courses, the CLEP is an acceptable substitute.

The CLEP tests allow students to test their knowledge in one of 34 subjects. Many times homeschool students have taken advanced curricula but are not aligned with the AP process. The CLEP allows the student to take the test with a paper helper and receive a score similar to the AP scores. College admission offices often use this information for admission purposes and even provide students college credit for certain scores. Scoring well on the test(s) demonstrates college readiness.

Involvement In Extracurricular Activities And Service

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Even though homeschool students do not necessarily attend public high school, colleges still expect extracurricular involvement. Colleges want to see leadership, teamwork, and other character elements exhibited outside of academics. Many states permit homeschool students to participate in high school clubs and sports.

If the homeschool student does not desire to participate in clubs or activities at the public school, then the next appropriate options are to join a community activity or to create one of their own. Local 4-H Clubs, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts teach character-building elements and allow students to work at their own pace. Students can also decide to create their community service piece.

When creating a community service activity, one needs to develop a thoughtful plan of action. This should not be a simple two-hour service activity. Instead, one should evaluate a community need, research it, provide solutions, take action, and then provide insight and reflection.

Preparing for college admission is stressful for every high school student. It can be particularly stressful to homeschool parents and students who do not have the proper information to prepare. Homeschool parents can assist their students to prepare for college by providing them with the proper academic coursework, consulting with a school counselor, considering CLEP testing, and suggesting a personalized community service activity.