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Ath?na Said,
February 23rd, 2011 @5:05 am  

I don’t know. It’d definitely look like maybe you’re lacking social skills.

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bun© Said,
February 23rd, 2011 @5:25 am  

It depends on what specifically is on your transcript. A transcript with a vast variety of classes, high grades and experience in the community is excellent. Schools always are looking for diversity, so I’m sure homeschooling would be a good thing. I’ve learned that a lot of people consider homeschoolers to be mature or academically ahead. And no — homeschoolers aren’t lacking social skills, it’s actually the opposite. A lot of homeschoolers have no interest in drugs or alcohol abuse, we’re more tolerant and we’re more respectful and serious about our goals. There’s a reason high school teenagers can only hang out with a peer group limited to their age, because they can’t socialize with all different kinds of people.

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K Said,
February 23rd, 2011 @6:18 am  

It depends on what you do, doesn’t it? How seriously are you taking your education…that’s what they want to know.

Homeschooler Chelsea Link feared she might not get into any top schools. She got into seven:
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2008/apr/18/news/chi-homeschool_18apr18

Then there are Micki and David Colfax, who homeschooled their three (four?) boys, and all of them went on to Harvard (and this was back in the 1980s, when homeschooling was even more unusual than it is today). Their book, “Homeschooling for Excellence,” describes their homeschooling adventure. There’s also Kerry Anderson, a student who spent her middle- and high-school career riding across the country in the cab of her mom’s big rig and homeschooling. A recruiter from Harvard came looking for her in 2007. She graduated from Harvard in 2010, and plans to continue to law school:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128674314

You might also want to read Cafi Cohen’s book, “And What about College? : How Homeschooling Leads to Admissions to the Best Colleges and Universities.”

So where to start? Find the website of a college you might be interested in, and do a search for “homeschool,” and see if it comes up with anything. MANY colleges and universities have a page dedicated to admissions policies in regard to homeschoolers.

Most, if not all colleges, will also want to see SAT and/or ACT scores. You’ll need to be careful of watching for the deadline on those, to make sure you take them when you need to. They will also want a few letters of recommendation (you can get those from anyone who might be able to speak to your academic life; perhaps outside teachers and/or mentors, a Scout leader, that type of thing), and A TRANSCRIPT. Those things are worth their weight in gold!!!

So you’ll want to carefully keep record of what you’re learning, and how much time you spend on it. A portfolio of your work wouldn’t hurt, either.

Lots of homeschooled kids take college courses while they’re in high school. (High schools call this “dual enrollment.”) By the time they graduate from high school, they have an Associates Degree and then they transfer to the university of their choice. Not all of them do that, but many do. The only caveat on that is that it COULD affect your financial aid in the future, so it would be worth checking on that aspect.

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