When my first homeschooler was applying to colleges, I scrambled for all the information I could get my hands on. I mean, there had to be an all-in-one resource for homeschoolers applying to college. I was shocked to find that there was none.
Sure, I pieced things together the best I could, but dang it wasn’t easy. There were so many unknowns.
Now, after working with hundreds of homeschoolers and seeing tons of homeschool applications and documents, you could say I’ve learned a few things.
And that’s what I hope you will find here. A clear path for your homeschooler’s journey.
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Traditional high schools have guidance counselors. Among other things, these counselors act as the main source of communication between students and colleges. Many help students in their college search, their college applications, and their supporting application documents.
Your job is not much different. As homeschool guidance counselor, you will…
Ask any homeschooler what they would have done differently and they would say start earlier. But what exactly does that mean?
In Middle School…
- Understand what your role as guidance counselor really means.
- Research what colleges typically require of homeschoolers.
- Plan - as best as you can - a high school schedule that will prepare them for colleges they might consider.
- Understand financial aid lingo and realities.
- Start documenting all high school level work.
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Some schools have no special requirements for homeschoolers. Others do. But here’s the thing. YOU have to do the legwork and find out. How?
Check each school’s website. Many have information specific for homeschool applicants.
Find out who your homeschooler’s admissions rep is. Many reps are assigned to a particular region of the country. Sometimes, though, you’ll find a specific rep for homeschoolers.
Call or email the admissions office and ask!
When I use the term homeschool documents, I’m referring to four pieces of the guidance counselor application.
A 1-2 page document that records grades, credits, and GPA.
A detailed document that describes courses, materials used, and the methods of evaluation.
A 1-2 page document that describes your homeschool history and philosophy, curriculum and state graduation requirements.
A letter, written by you, that highlights your homeschooler’s best qualities: academically, extra-curricularly, and personally.
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The Common Application is an online application that many institutions use for submissions. As guidance counselor, you will create and maintain your own account - separate from your homeschooler’s account.
Here, you will answer questions about your homeschool and upload the four homeschool documents I describe above. You will then submit your report to the colleges by the application deadline.
The good news is you can create a practice account so you get a feel for how it works and what’s expected of you as guidance counselor! Check it out!
Being the homeschool guidance counselor is NOT for the faint of heart. There are a lot of balls to juggle in the air.
I created Fearless Homeschoolers for you - the homeschool parent who is doing her best to tackle all that’s required of her.
Download your FREE guide and create an outline for a homeschool guidance counselor letter in under 15 minutes!
What is the one thing you wish you had a better grasp on when it comes to being the homeschool guidance counselor?