Hello everyone! Tialla Rising here, ready to answer a great Ask A Homeschooler question! This question is from Eliza.
Wow, Eliza, it certainly sounds like you are looking at everything involved with homeschooling. Good for you! Many teenagers just want to be homeschooled without figuring out what it really entails.
Since you have several questions here, so I am going to break them down one by one.
First off, I would recommend Time4Learning. It does come with a price, but it really is a great program and pretty in-depth and challenging.
If you’re looking for very inexpensive, have you thought about trying a virtual school? It’s pretty much public school, but online and free. Here are virtual school options for your state.
Here are a few more curricula choices in our High School Curriculum directory. Their prices vary, so I don’t know for sure if all of them are inexpensive. However, please note that your education IS worth the price. I completely understand a tight budget, though.
I highly recommend taking an AP course to prepare for your tests. You can find a huge range of AP courses here at CollegeBoard.
If you would prefer not to take the courses, then you can prepare for those tests by using AP Study Guides and Prep Books. Barnes and Noble has an extensive supply of them online.
For more information, we have a couple of articles covering AP and CLEP tests, both of which help cut down on college class expenses.
I would suggest googling your city name + “homeschool group.” For instance, I live in Flagstaff, so I would Google “Flagstaff Homeschool Group,” “Homeschool Group in Flagstaff,” “Homeschoolers in Flagstaff,” “Local Homeschool Group in Flagstaff,” etc. You might even try switching out the word “group” with “co-op.”
If you’re concerned about socialization, this fun article might give you a laugh or two, as well as answer some questions.
Yes, absolutely! In fact, pretty much all the homeschoolers I know take courses at the community college as well. Just fill out the application as usual, talk with an advisor, take the placement test, and choose your course! Of course, there may be a few more steps than just that, but it’s really a simple and easy process for homeschoolers.
–Librivox (for free audio books – mostly classics)
–Khan Academy (previously mentioned, but they do have some awesome resources, and it’s all FREE.)
I would also recommend taking a look at this article to find more sources with free materials.
If you want to find other free materials, I suggest Googling the specific item you’re looking for + the word “free.” For instance, “Free Emily Dickinson Poetry.” Most of the time, you can find items like that in easily downloadable PDFs.
The cost of homeschooling truly depends on which resources and curriculum you choose to use. However, my mom (a homeschooling mother of five) has told me that she never spent more than $500 a year on curriculum – and that curriculum included books and resources for each child. It wasn’t $500 per child, it was $500 total.
Still, the cost is directly affected by which program and curriculum you go with. It could easily be less than that for one student.
No worries, lots of scholarships are open to homeschoolers. We have several articles on the subject.
Just remember, the higher your SAT/ACT score, the more scholarships available.
There are several steps for a homeschooler to apply to college, but it’s mostly the same as any other student – depending on the school. Some schools will require an extensive reading list, a sample of your graded work, more essays than usual, and an in-person interview. However, others just require a diploma, transcript, and usual essays for consideration. It really just depends on the school. We do have some pretty great tips about preparing for college before the school-searching even begins, though. We even have a college application letter template, if you’re interested.
In our college category, we have pretty much everything you might need to know, including:
We also have some incredibly helpful directories, downloads, and tools that you don’t want to miss, such as:
This archive is also filled with articles all about the topic of homeschoolers and college.
I hope I helped you, Eliza. I wish you the best in your homeschooling journey!