What you REALLY Need to Know to Apply to College - For Your Homeschooled Teen




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As homeschoolers, we are already experts in planning. We have searched for and chosen curriculum each year for our kids. We have decided on which subjects to focus on and how to teach them to our kids. 

Planning for high school, with college in mind is really no different, except for one important thing.....Now your teen has their college entrance entrance requirements to fulfill.  How to find out your teen's college requirements is discussed in depth in chapter one of my book, "Researching and Getting Started".

I made it into this FREE download.... 

........................................just click here.


Some bloggers suggest that all we need to do is to check the college websites for their freshman entrance requirements.  

Is that right?

Actually the answer is NO.   That's a good start though!  

There are just two more pieces of information that are important to have.  And they are not hard to find....!



It is also important when preparing for college to also:

1.  Find out if there are any special homeschool requirements for your likely colleges, and many colleges still have them, but they are not hard to deal with.

and.....

2.   Check to see what the colleges require re testing -  SAT or ACT - and also - Do they also require the writing portion of the test or not?

Most colleges still do require the SAT or the ACT, but there are many that do not require the writing portion.

And if they don't require that writing portion, then your teen doesn't need to do it!  We did not need to do the writing portion of the SAT, and that was great news for our teen!

More on that is in the FREE download mentioned above. Just click here

This download includes

- how to research college websites 
- the typical requirements for different types of colleges 
- tips for finding out about homeschool requirements
- how to find out what test is required SAT or ACT, or none!
- whether the writing portion of the SAT or ACT is required or not!

Once you have this information from my FREE download.....

....Then you have the three essential pieces of information
for applying to college.


Once we had that, we were ready to make a 4 year plan for our high schooler.


Making an Overall High School Plan


With our list of admission requirements in hand, we sketched out what our high school years might look like.....with our best guesses of what we wanted to do when.



Our overall plan was flexible, and revised and reworked every year, as life happened.  Yet it was a helpful guide for us, and ours looked something like this:

 BJ's 4 YEAR PLAN

My Teen's Requirements

4 English
2 Sciences with Lab
3 Math with one Math-oriented Science in Senior Year
3 Social Studies
2 Foreign Language

+ Electives to equal 24 - 26 credits

My teen's first day on campus.
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 9th grade

World History
English (lit and composition)
Science - Physical Science (good prep for bio next year)
Math - Algebra 1
Elective - Photography
PE
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 10th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 1
Science - Biology with Lab
Math - Geometry
English (lit and comp) - We choose the novels 
 PE/Health 

Take the PSAT for test taking practice
________________________________________________________
  11th grade

Foreign Language - Spanish 2
 US History 
Science - Chemistry with lab
Math- Algebra 2
English- We did American Lit (fun to do with US History)
 Elective - Art Drawing

Take the SAT or ACT first time

___________________________________________________________

12th grade

 US Government - for my teen's interest 
Science - Physics - also for special interest
English - We made our own in British Lit
2 Electives:

Video-Making
College Planner (see end of post for info)
PE

Take SAT or ACT again if needed


(We did SAT prep and retook it)
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Your plan could be similar or entirely different from mine, depending on:

1.  Your college choice's admission requirements

2.  Your college's extra homeschool requirements, if any
(Please do check this, ask Admissions if it is not listed)

2.  Special requirements for prospective math/science majors
They usually need 4 years of math, and 4 years of science

3.  Your homeschooling style, your teen's goals

4.  Your teen's interests 


Get a printable for making your own 4 year plan when you get my book.

It is one of the 13 printables available in my frugal book on homeschooling to college.

How We Calmed Ourselves re Preparing for College

Building in the fun.
I loved seeing this penguin up close, too!

To be honest, this whole preparing for college thing was overwhelming to us at first. What we did to combat that, was first to build in the play....like go to the zoo.  Teens still love that too!

Then secondly, it also REALLY helped me to plan ahead and lay out a tentative overall plan for the high school years.  

And it was very tentative, that helped us a lot too!  We made lots of time for fun and going to the zoo!

Making this flexible 4 Year High School Plan helped us in these ways:

1.  First, if I had this plan to follow, I would be less likely to forget a requirement or two, and have to scramble in senior year, to fit it in. 

2.  Secondly, it freed my teen to focus on building her interests, because our core studies were already set in mind and on paper.

3.  It gave us confidence to push forward, and enjoy the high school years.


College Planner - What's that?

Our Homemade College Planner Course
My teen was  a big part of our planning.


Did you notice the elective called College Planner that I listed above, in Senior Year?  FIRST let me mention that you don't have to do a course like this.  We just did it to give my teen credit for all her work preparing for the SAT.  

We gave her credit for her work doing that and just made a very simple homemade course called College Planner.  We included her work on:

SAT prep
Studying college websites
Visiting colleges
Taking any career tests or interest tests
Working on her college essay
and more.

We called it College Planner and each of my teen's colleges accepted this credit.  That was such a help during the busy senior year!  But you could do it junior year, whatever works for you.  We just estimated the hours spent on these activities, and described them briefly in her course descriptions.  More on course descriptions is in my book.

Then we put our planner away....



Aiming towards college, step by step, allowed us to prepare for the college admission process, while keeping our focus on our nurturing homeschool style, front and center! 

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Are you already homeschooling a teen who is wanting to go to college?

Click here to get my best tips for homeschooling to college and treasuring this special time with our teens in my book...............

 - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, as a book, ebook or PDF.



and take the WORRY out of doing high school
and aiming towards college.

Kindle and Paperback  
Amazon  
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LOTS more info on my book here, which also includes 12 exclusive planning forms and a form for making your Four Year High School Plan


plus an editable and blank transcript form, the kind the colleges are used to seeing, ready for you to fill in.  With complete instructions!

Purchasing my book also helps me to continue blogging about high school and college topics, to keep us all up to date on the latest news re homeschooling to college.


Have you seen Tricia Hodges's video courses in art yet?



Taught by a master artist, and offered by Tricia Hodges, mom of 5 blessings who are all homeschooled.  This is a full one year course, ideal for your teen who is interested in art.   Get your fine arts requirement done (for college bound teens) with this easy to use video course!  

Perfect for independent study! No need for a long list of supplies. Just get some paper and some chalk art pastels and you are ready!

This post was shared on Finishing Strong last week and was picked to be featured.

Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years


Thanks for stopping by!  

Betsy


Betsy is mom to her now college senior, whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.  She offers free homeschool help through messages at BJ's Consulting

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