Looking Toward College

There is no doubt that when we look at our elementary and middle school aged students and think about getting them through high school and onto college, it is not uncommon to be immediately overwhelmed.

In 2017, we conducted a round table discussion with two mom’s that have successfully homeschooled their children all the way into college.  We know, IT CAN BE DONE!  And they are not the only ones.  There is plenty of information with a quick Google search and YouTube search.  If you have joined our Facebook page, you can view that conversation here:

Facebook Live Stream: Transcripts

 

This post is a follow up the event.  Let’s get started with a quote from one of our local homeschool evaluators, Gigi Norris,  M.S. Ed. L.

Gigi also shares, “There seems to be a misconception among some homeschoolers that we do not actually graduate because we are not issued a diploma, but that we are considered to have a GED.  That is incorrect!  Homeschool students are absolutely considered high school graduates (not GED recipients) even though no one supplied them with a piece of paper (diploma).”.

Remember that a GED requires a specific test, scheduled at a certain location.  For more information on GED programs, check out these links:

            Lake Tech

            Lake County Schools

We also talked about forms we could use to track the students subjects, hours and grades and create a transcript.  Many colleges have a template that you could use and you will find several others if you Google it but here are two sites you can visit:

Donna Young

NARHS (North Atlantic Regional High School)

Gigi was also kind enough to type up some great pointers for our group.  Take a read:

Transcripts for Homeschool Students

By: Gigi Norris, M.S.Ed.L.

  1. The way in which transcripts are created for homeschool students is changing for many colleges. It is always best to contact the individual college to determine what is required for admission as a homeschool student. For instance:
    1. UCF now requires you to go online and enter classes into their database rather than submitting a formal transcript.
    2. LSSC does not require a transcript from homeschool students. You are only required to submit a Homeschool Affidavit Form (located on their website) stating that your child competed a Home Education Program. You are not required to take the ACT or SAT (unless you want to qualify for Bright Futures), but are only required to pass the PERT.
  2. Universities requiring a formal transcript do not have a specific format you must follow. There are many free good transcript templates online that you can print and use.
  3. When creating a formal transcript, you will need to include:
    1. The proper course titles. Make sure that your course title matches the graduation course requirements provided by the state. For instance:
      1. Most colleges will only allow one credit of Bible. You can get around this by using course titles and codes for World Religions, Jewish History, and Philosophy
    2. Add “Honors” to any course title that qualifies for an Honors credit. You can call the curriculum publisher to ask if it is considered an Honors credit. Many homeschool curricula can be used as an Honors course if it is grade level or above, and the child has completed all assignments within the text.
    3. State course codes may also be required. These course codes can be found on:
      1. www.CPALMS.org
      2. http://www.fldoe.org/policy/articulation/ccd/2017-2018-course-directory.stml
    4. You should have a signature line for the Homeschool Evaluator or Umbrella School Administrator to sign your transcript along with a parent signature.
    5. Include a letter grade and number of credit hours per course
      1. 75 hours of study equals ½ credit hour. 150 hours of study equals 1 credit hour.
    6. Include a final “unweighted” GPA. Colleges will weigh the GPA according to their guidelines. When you report a GPA, always say “unweighted GPA” after your number (i.e.: 4.0 Unweighted GPA). All schools do not weigh Honors classes the same.
      1. Note: You cannot give your child AP credit unless the course was taught by an AP certified teacher and a proper AP exam was administered to the child.
    7. Dual Enrollment and FLVS classes should be included in your transcript and noted accordingly. Your child will also need to submit an official Dual Enrollment transcript and/or FLVS transcript along with your transcript when applying for admission.
    8. Include Community Service hours on your transcript. Some transcript templates provide a section for Extra Curricular Activities and Awards which is always a good idea if your child has been active in outside activities. However, keep your transcript to one page.
  4. When applying to colleges, always make sure you follow the individual application guidelines of the particular school. Many colleges are now requiring an entrance essay and a resume in addition to, or in lieu of, a transcript.

Of course, there is always the SATs which can be overwhelming.  College Prep Genius was suggested as a resource for those students that need to get prepared.

 

 

With a plan for transcripts and SAT prep in hand, what about scholarships??

Regarding scholorships, Gigi shares these tips:

Fast Web and Scholly were very helpful to us.  They will filter out the scholarships that best fit your child.  My son received a lot of cash scholarships which were all essay based. He treated it like a job during his 11th/12th grade year and spent time online researching them. It is helpful to start at the end of the search and move forward so that you are not competing with all the other kids who search and start applying beginning with number one on the list. Start at the end and work up. Also, when essays or videos are required it tends to scare off the kids who don’t want to write. He looked at it like a job, wrote the essay and often won the prize. Many times you will win because you are the only student who applied.”

 

Here are some other helpful links:

Office of Student Financial Assistance (for the state of Florida)

Florida State Scholarship and Grant Programs

Florida Bright Futures

Scholarship Owl

There is also a downloadable guide, available online, from Saint Leo.

We have homeschool friendly colleges in Florida.  Here are some links:

              Lake Sumter Community College – a mom favorite!

              University of Florida – a mom favorite!

              Florida State University

              University of Central Florida

 

Here are some other links to information regarding homeschooling high school.

               HSLDA – Home School Legal Defense Association

               The Homeschool Mom

               Time4Learning

Still have questions or concern?  Email us homeschooleroflakecounty@gmail.com.  If you are local to Lake County, Florida, join us on Facebook!

 

 

 

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