Here is some good advice for getting into college for homeschoolers. If you’re preparing for college then research into your options is a very important piece. Some students start looking into college options at 12 or 13 years old.
And there are those students that make looking for colleges an ongoing process. When teens are homeschooled they have some time to explore their talents and interests. Then, a bit later, decide where they want to place their focus.
Delving into robotics, for example, may lead to an interest in electronics and a school with a focus on technology. Garment construction may lead to costuming and an art or design college. Preparing for different types of colleges requires different approaches, so it’s advisable for students to have some sense of the area or areas that most interest them.
While high-school requirements are the same for homeschooled students as they are for public- or private-schooled students, how homeschoolers meet those requirements is up to the individual families. A standard high- school course of study includes:
- Four years of language arts (English)
- Three years of math (usually through Geometry or Algebra II)
- Two to three years of science
- Three to four years of social studies (History and Geography)
- Two years of foreign language
- Two years of electives (Music and Drama, for example)
Unlike traditionally schooled students, homeschoolers have the flexibility to fulfill their course work in nontraditional ways. Homeschooled students may satisfy their academic requirements through volunteer work, paid work, travel, and research, while also pursuing their own special interests or exploring their unique talents.
One homeschooled teen I know earned an American History credit through her volunteer hours at a nearby historical park, where a farm and buildings from the colonial period have been preserved.
Costumed interpreters provide tours and facilitate activities from colonial times. The homeschooler designed and sewed her colonial costume, and became familiar with all aspects of colonial life through her frequent contact with the other interpreters.
Another teen volunteered at a nature preserve, and earned a credit in Environmental Science while working with naturalists and visiting scientists. My daughter’s love of literature led her to participate in a nationwide Shakespeare competition.
To prepare for the event, she did extensive research and reading on Elizabethan times. Along the way, she met a wonderful professor (also a homeschooling mom), who guided her on an exploration of the history of the English language. This yearlong adventure earned her an English credit and also contributed towards her World History requirement. (And she was first runner-up in the competition!)