Do you feel overwhelmed when you think about navigating the college admissions process with your homeschool student? If this is your first time helping a child get admitted to college, you don’t know all the details and requirements. In fact, we’ve sent two of our kids off to college so far and now that our …
Insecurity is a monster every homeschool mom faces. For some of you, insecurity might plague you through every step of your homeschool journey. I’d be lying if I told you I’d never felt insecure about my ability to accomplish this task. However, never decide you cannot homeschool your children because you feel insecure. You are …
Homeschooled children can graduate from high school, attend college, join the military or enter the work force. Going to college or onto other paths that require a high school diploma isn't much of an issue these days because homeschooling is now accepted and HSLDA continues to work in all 50 states to ensure Americans have the right to homeschool. Without attending a traditional high school, many people unfamiliar with homeschooling ask how the process works.
If a child has been homeschooled, the parent issues the diploma and creates the transcript. This is shocking to those unfamiliar with homeschooling, but the parent has served as the teacher and is the person most knowledgeable of what the student has accomplished. Before the 1990's when homeschooling was less common this practice was resisted by many institutions. As homeschooling has become more common, transcripts and diplomas issued by parents became accepted. This is because HSLDA (Homeschooling Legal Defense Association) has consistently challenged practices that exclude homeschool students, and homeschool students have proven themselves again and again to be proficient and competent members of society.
When a homeschool student graduates from high school they graduate from homeschool and not public school. If the student has taken any external classes it is important to include them on the transcript. Homeschool students regularly attend elective courses at local high schools, and take classes at community college and tech centers. Some students are graded by others through homeschool co-op classes or have taken community center courses such as first aid. When these external courses are included in the transcript, the courses graded by the parent begin to carry more weight with those skeptical of a homeschool transcript.
When applying to college a student's homeschool transcript should include all of the classes taken at every institution. In addition official transcripts from the high school and other institutions should be included with the application. Transcripts may include a very traditional list of classes, but may also include unique classes taken by the student. For example, the homeschooled child who is a cooking master should have a culinary credit on the transcript. Any topic that the child has spent a significant amount of time learning should be included on the transcript. Other examples include cake decorating, computer networking, or mythology. 1 credit equals approximately 120 hours of work.
Because homeschooling is a non-traditional educational path, many homeschool students earn college credit through CLEP and AP exams. These credits should also be listed on the transcript. Here is an example high school transcript from my daughter who currently attends Michigan Technological University.
This is an ironic welcome post, because it is also serving as my final post on Highhill Education. After homeschooling for 14 years I have one child in college, and two in high school. I'm still homeschooling, but have really said all I have to say. With out a doubt homeschooling has been a huge success for our family. Although there have been ups and downs along the way, we (and I'm including myself) have learned so much and are continuing to learn. Each of my children has developed a love of learning, a fantastic work ethic, and many skills they will use throughout their lives.
My oldest graduated from Highhill Education, and is in her second year of college studying mechanical and biomedical engineering. She has a internship job lined up for this summer where she will be working in an injection molding group and a co-op job lined up for Jan-Aug of the following year where she will be working for a company that designs orthodontic devices. My younger two are still finishing up high school and following in her footsteps of success.
While homeschooling my husband and I created two products which are still available through this blog. Speed! is a skip-counting card game that helps children learn to multiply. Johnny's Jelly Bean Tacos is a book my husband wrote and my girls and I illustrated.
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Cooking is a valuable life skill. There are many benefits to teaching your child how to cook from a young age, not just giving them the ability to make their meals when they leave home. Homeschooling in the kitchen is such a natural way to teach your children. Additionally, the skills they learn will help […]
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