Is it Really Possible for Homeschoolers to be Prepared for College?

Is it possible for homeschoolers to be college ready?

It definitely is possible! I can speak from experience on this one. My oldest daughter had homeschooled since fourth grade. While she had worked hard she still worried that she had done everything needed to get into college. Yet, we followed these simple principles, and when it was time for her to apply she sailed through the admissions process. There are three key areas that the homeschool highschooler can prepare for college, and know that they are on the right track!

Academic Preparation

  • Take challenging classes- colleges like to see a rigorous course of study

  • Develop strong study habits

  • Take the PSAT/NMSQT

  • Do your best in school

  • Prepare for the SAT/ACT test

  • Take the SAT/ACT as many times as needed to get the score you want!

  • Gather your high school information into one well organized high school transcript that documents your courses of study, extracurricular activities, awards and achievements, and your abilities.

Edited ACT Prep Info for November 2019

Recent ACT scores indicate record-low scores in college readiness for English and math.  This recent report suggested four key recommendations to ensure college readiness for your student. 
  1. Academic rigor.
  2. Personalized learning.
  3. Continuous improvement.
  4. Holistic education, especially in social and emotional learning.
These low scores were across all ACT testing so it isn’t certain how homeschooling factors in. These four recommendations though are high on the list of goals we as homeschool parents have concerning our homeschool student’s education. 

Life Preparation

Financial Preparation

  • Save for college while you are young.

  • Determine what Financial Aid you’ll need by using FAFSA help

  • Save for a car

  • Save for other educational necessities
  • Apply for financial aid as soon as possible (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Apply for other types of scholarships
  • Compare the financial aid packages from each of the colleges you were accepted to, and then determine which one is right for you!

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Jamie Gaddy, B.S., M.Ed., Ed.D. has been a college education professor for over 17 years. Education has been an integral part of her life in both the classroom and as a principal. Six children later found her dissatisfied with traditional schooling and homeschooling became the better fit. She is also a pastor’s wife, remote project manager, and entrepreneur who now homeschools four of her six children (ages 11-17) in southern Georgia. Jamie loves to share about her homeschool experience and help other homeschoolers find success. Connect with her at [email protected]

April 16, 2014


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