Hack the college admissions process so that your homeschooler can stand out.
Mainly because my website has been hacked. Seriously! Someone took it over (but you can still hang out with me in my free Facebook Group).
It got me thinking about hacking the college admissions process as a homeschooler.
Of course, if you hack your homeschool — take it over, own it, steer it in unique directions — then you’ll have an advantage. It isn’t homeschooling itself that sets you apart. It’s what you do with it.
Are they choosing or creating their own interesting courses? Are they working on a personal project? Are they using the time to develop and deepen their passion?
There are contests and competitions and selective summer programs for every niche.
I know, I know. But, trust me. The stigma is there. Admissions officers consistently say that this is their main concern with homeschoolers.
I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard that an interview cleared up many questions about a student’s homeschool situation. In my book, interviews are non-negotiable.
Do whatever you can to breathe life into an application.
Encourage your homeschooler to nurture relationships with their teachers and mentors long before application season.
Do NOT underestimate the power of this!
Each college is looking for a certain kind of student. Make sure the application screams, ”I am the one you’re looking for!”
The admit rates are typically MUCH higher.
Show admissions that you took your homeschooler’s education seriously.
Plan for this in advance, so that you can schedule classes and tests accordingly.
I would love to help turn your unique homeschool story into a compelling college application!
Consider this permission to have your own Homeschool Hackathon!
And Join the Fearless Homeschoolers Facebook Group where we navigate high school and college admissions together!