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Homeschooling and College Admissions – a survey for homeschoolers AND for colleges! Genius!!
My husband and I made the decision to home school our two sons in the middle of their 1st and 4th grade years. It was the end of January, testing season was about to begin again, and we decided enough was enough – it was time for a change. So we jumped into the deep end, knowing instinctively this was the right choice for our family, but without any real plan of what we were going to do or how we were going to do it.
It’s been very exciting around here lately. The first phase of our “From Home Education to Higher Education” research is winding down (though it’s not too late to participate, or invite your friends to participate here.) We’ve heard from home schooling families in every region of the United States, and are looking forward to presenting their questions and concerns to college admissions officers beginning next week!
That’s right, we’ve already scheduled four interviews with college admissions officers beginning on April 13th, and will be sharing their responses, insights and recommendations for home schooled applicants very soon. As we’re talking to admissions officers, we’re also inviting many more (we can’t interview everyone!) to participate through our online survey created just for them. If you know any admissions officers and would like to encourage them to participate, you can share this link with them:
We’re finalizing our list of interview questions for the first round of interviews right now, so don’t hesitate to let us know what you want to know!
And keep an eye out for preliminary research results — coming soon!
I can’t believe it’s already the end of January! These first few weeks of 2015 have been truly busy, particularly because we’ve been receiving so many new responses from homeschooling families on our “From Home Education to Higher Education” survey. For weeks now, families from all over the country have been sharing their questions and concerns about the college admissions process with us, and we look forward to hearing from even more! If you haven’t already, please share the link with others in your homeschooling community and encourage them to participate. Here’s the link you can share:
Based on the ideas and requests we’ve received so far, we’re already preparing the admissions officers’ survey and interview questions. As you might imagine, many of the questions parents are most interested in relate to one of two primary topics:
1. The admissions process (including required and/or helpful materials)
2. Information and eligibility for financial aid and scholarships
I thought you might be interested to know specifically what types of questions people are posing, so I wanted to share a quick sampling:
- What are the most important things for homeschoolers to put together? Are there types of exams and classes that are preferable? (i.e., AP vs CLEP vs subject test for SAT).
- How can we best communicate our academic experience, knowledge and life lessons so that you can apply them to your entrance requirements?
- How best to document the different kinds of high school courses my child will take: Parent-taught, outside teacher through homeschool co-op, private tutor or class, community college.
- If a student has chosen to homeschool for part of high school but does have some high school credits and community college credits, how is their transcript evaluated? What can our kids do in this situation to make sure that admissions officers get an accurate representation of their readiness for admission?
The other topic parents are concerned about is the admissions officers’ perceptions of homeschoolers, as reflected in these submitted questions:
- How do you feel about homeschooling, personally?
- Is there any negative stigma whatsoever to non-traditional applicants (online graduates, homeschoolers, etc)?
- What would make you more or less likely to consider a homeschool student for admission?
- What do you perceive as homeschoolers weaknesses? Strengths?
Such fantastic questions, and we’ll be asking all of these and more. I can’t wait!
Coming Up Next….
In the next post I’ll share the responses we’re receiving to another of the questions we asked you:
“If there were one thing you would like admissions officers to know about homeschooled students, what would it be? What do you think they need to know or understand about our students?”
Parents have shared some genuinely great ideas on this one. Stay tuned!
It’s been a while since I’ve written because I’ve been working on a new project. I’m very excited to finally announce that Teach Your Own has partnered with the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) on a research project focusing on college admissions for homeschoolers!
Our goal is to find answers to all of your questions about applying to college, and to provide a list of the best and most helpful resources to help you through the process. These will be provided in a FREE final report that will be made available to homeschooling families across the country who are considering college as an option.
Before we begin surveying and interviewing admissions officers, though, WE NEED YOUR INPUT! What questions and concerns do you have around college admissions? We’re collecting all ideas and requests here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hsadmissions
This will only take about 10 minutes of your time, and your participation will help shape our research. Please spread the word (and link). Thanks for your help!