According to this data, the homeschool population is continuing to grow at an estimated 2% to 8% in the next few years.
As you can see, there are many benefits associated with homeschooling.
The biggest benefit is that home-schooled students generally score 15 to 30 percentile points above public-school students on standardized academic tests.
Three College Application Reminders for Homeschooled Students
1. Standardized Tests & Test-Optional Colleges
Colleges and University admission staff will look more carefully at homeschooled students’ standardized test results.
Because these will paint a better picture of how he or she has done academically while being at home.
It is important to know that not every school that lists itself as test-optional will extend this policy to the homeschooled applicant.
Go tofairtest.orgto see if the schools are in there and then check their website or email them to find out!
The last thing to keep in mind regarding standardized tests is that homeschooled students are also encouraged to complete and submit SAT Subject tests.
2. Extracurricular Activities
It is very important for homeschooled students need to participate in extracurricular activities.
Well, a lot of these students are usually full-time athletes, actors, musicians, who perform some out-of-school activity that takes most of their time.
A homeschooled student with ZERO extracurriculars will not be as competitive as candidates who have been involved with the church, participate in community organizations, club sports, or performing arts.
Another important activity homeschooled students should keep in mind includes getting lots of community service hours.
Remember, many state and private scholarships will require service hours anyways, getting these hours under your belt will improve your odds of receiving more aid to pay for college!
3. Demonstrated Interest
Since homeschooled students do not have a high school counselor, you should consider:
1) Attending College Fairs
2) Emailing Admission Representatives
3) Reaching out to College Coaches–if you wish to continue to play sports in college.
4) Get on the Road and Visit Colleges.
As mentioned earlier, demonstrating Interests can improve your odds of acceptance and financial aid awards.
Keep in mind college admission officers should see the homeschooled student demonstrating interest, not the parent(s).
The student has to be the one reaching out to the college staff.
It is important to understand that there are many benefits associated with homeschooling.
Colleges will look more carefully at the student’s grades, extracurricular involvement, and the amount of interest demonstrated by the student.
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