• Take college preparatory classes, not just the classes
required for high school graduation.
– Studies show that taking rigorous college prep courses in high
school is the most important predictor of college success
– You must know your limit. Do not jeopardize your GPA because
you took too many higher level classes.
– Some homeschool coops offer AP classes. If you can’t find any,
have your student take some community college classes.
• Colleges look favorably upon students who take
more rigorous courses, provided the student did well.
• Academic planning should start early by creating a 4-
year academic plan.
College Prep Coursework
Four years of English
Four years of Mathematics
Three years of a single Foreign Language
Two to three years of Social Studies
Two Years of laboratory Science (bio/phy)
Three years of Electives
Four to five academic courses per year
• There are three main college entrance exams that
colleges consider in their admissions process:
– SAT I
– SAT II Subject Exams
• AP exams with high scores are also looked upon
– The student is not required to take an AP course in order to take
the AP exam.
– Structure course around the content of the exam.
• SAT II Subject Exams
– Many selective colleges require 3 SAT II exams of homeschoolers.
• Mathematics plus 2 other subjects of the student’s choosing.
• They’re used to provide an objective assessment of academic
knowledge in a variety of subjects.
• When deciding whether to take the SAT or the ACT,
keep in mind that they require different kinds of skills
– Also, some colleges prefer one over the other
• SAT I: Contains a lot of smokescreens
– The SAT is a reasoning based test
– Contains 3 sections: Reading, Writing and Mathematics
– The SAT penalizes for wrong answers
– Mostly multiple choice with some fill-in and an essay in the
• ACT: Is more straightforward, but requires students to
speed through the test
– The ACT is a curriculum based test
– Contains 4 sections: English, Mathematics, Reading and Science
with an optional Writing section
– The ACT does NOT penalize for wrong answers
– Multiple choice test
SAT I and ACT
• Will need a recommendation from the regular
homeschool teacher (parent in most cases)
• In cases where the parent is the primary teacher, try
to get a second recommendation from an objective
– Try to plan a course that will allow your student to interact with
– Community college teacher, coop teacher, tutor, etc.
• This is very important for homeschoolers because the
parent recommendation lacks the objectivity of a
conventional teacher who is able to compare your
student with other students he or she may have
To prepare for applying to selective colleges, prepare a
homeschool dossier that includes the following:
• Statement regarding why you chose to homeschool
and an explanation of your homeschool philosophy
– This is required on the Common Application Homeschool
Supplement as well
• Detailed syllabi for all courses that includes the
– Course description
– Name of textbooks used
– Grading requirements
• Reading List – Comprehensive list of the books and
texts read through the high school years, including
novels, textbooks and other sources
• Writing sample – Many universities request a writing
– Make sure that some of the student’s major writing projects are
– They should preferably be academic and expository in nature
– If you do not belong to an umbrella school or organization that
will provide you with a transcript, then you will need to create
– Include ALL high school level coursework, even if taken prior to
the high school years
– Be sure to include term GPAs as well as a cumulative GPA on
– All colleges require a transcript
Homeschool Records Cont.