Can homeschooled students attend college? Yes! Because of homeschoolers' high success record, most institutions do not require an approved high school certificate. Homeschooled applicants must submit a complete portfolio of their high school work as well as standardized examinations such as the ACT or SAT. These tests are used to determine an applicant's eligibility for admission. The average homeschooler takes about five years to complete his or her education at a four-year college or university.
Many colleges and universities now have programs that allow homeschooled students to apply and attend classes on campus. These programs are known as "home study schools" or "virtual schools." There are two types of home study schools: independent and consortium. Independent home study schools are separate from established universities but work with several different campuses throughout the year. They take applications from homeschoolers around the country and then match them with one of their partner schools for class participation and examination taking. Consortium home study schools are part of a larger university or college system and usually have more stringent admission requirements than independent home study schools. However, if a student is accepted into a consortium school, he or she can participate in all activities with other admitted students and use the school's facilities like any other student.
Colleges and universities want to provide students with a quality education that gives students knowledge and skills they need to be successful in today's world workforce.
Yes, homeschoolers, like other high school graduates, receive a diploma upon completion of their high school courses. In order to award a home school diploma, parents must keep education records and create or fulfill graduation standards. The diploma should be given serious consideration by colleges when making admissions decisions and should be treated in much the same way as a traditional school diploma.
For information about home schooling laws in your state, contact: National Home Education Network. For national information on home schooling, visit National Institute for Health's Home School Resources page.
The good news is that many traditionally homeschooled children receive a certificate from their parents, which is often accepted by colleges and institutions. However, acquiring a diploma from the school district in where your homeschooled student lives is uncommon.
Diplomas are issued by schools to mark the completion of an educational program or course of study. The type of diploma awarded depends on how you grade your home education program. If you give yourself 100 points for a semester's work and no point for anything less than an "A," then five of your points must be in each of four categories to earn a diploma. These categories are: attendance, performance, progress reports and discipline records. If you do not meet these requirements, then you will not be able to obtain a traditional school-issued diploma.
Most homeschoolers who want to obtain a high school diploma either take the test required by their state to qualify them as a "self-teaching high school graduate" or they enroll in a private school that grants diplomas based on home education programs. It is also possible to receive an honorary diploma from your local school board if you have made an outstanding contribution to your community. However, this is not usually done for something as simple as home schooling your child; rather, it is more commonly presented to someone who has recently been honored with a government position.
It's a frequent misperception that homeschoolers have problems getting into college. In fact, because homeschooled children tend to be good college students, several universities are now actively seeking out homeschoolers. Some states require home schooling, so check with your local school district to see what requirements they have for you to legally home-school your child.
Even if your state does not require it, home schooling is still a popular option for many parents who want their children to receive an excellent education without being forced to attend school during the week. Many homeschoolers are allowed to take courses at colleges or other institutions to further their knowledge in certain subjects. This can include things like dual enrollment programs at nearby high schools or community colleges or even just taking classes at churches or private centers. There are many options available to home schoolers as long as you are aware of them and know how to go about registering for courses.
If you are interested in getting into college, but worry that you might not meet the admissions requirements because you were homeschooled, don't worry about it. Most colleges are happy to admit students who were homeschooled up until a certain point. You should apply as usual, but remember that fewer than 10% of applicants are accepted into most colleges. So even if you aren't accepted, another student probably had something wrong with their application too.