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.
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.
Ask any homeschooler what they would have done differently and they would say start earlier. But what exactly does that mean?
In Middle School…
I know it can feel overwhelming, especially when you have an 8th or 9th grader. That’s why I created the 100-page Homeschool to College Planner. I want you to keep track of all the moving parts during the high school so when the time comes, you’ll have great homeschool records that seamlessly turn into great college applications!
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 documents that you’ll send from your guidance counselor accunt.
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.
What is the one thing you wish you had a better grasp on when it comes to being the homeschool guidance counselor?