As homeschooling becomes more common, many parents may wonder how they can prepare their children for the college application process. Homeschooling can provide many benefits, but it can also leave students at a disadvantage if they are not adequately prepared. In this blog post, we will discuss how to make homeschool students competitive for college applications.
Develop A Strong Academic Foundation
Homeschooling allows for a flexible curriculum, but it is essential to ensure that your child has a strong academic foundation. This includes proficiency in reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as a good understanding of science and social studies. Make sure to cover all the required subjects and keep track of your child's progress. Pathways Early College Academy offers our customizable curriculum to Homeschool+ families with the support of staff to provide a well-rounded, personalized program. Families are able to build an education plan that reflects their values and still meet the requirements for academic success.
Get Involved In Extracurricular Activities
Extracurricular activities are essential for college applications, and homeschooling students have plenty of opportunities to get involved. Consider joining a homeschooling co-op or community group that offers activities such as sports teams, music lessons, or theater productions. Homeschool+ families at The Academy have access to our career symposiums. The Academy’s career symposiums are project-based learning classes where students can earn hands-on experiences in industries like STEM, design, and business. These real world projects can be added onto resumes, portfolios, and college applications.
Keep Accurate Records
It is essential to keep accurate records of your child's academic progress, including grades, test scores, and extracurricular activities. This information is essential for college applications, so keep it organized and up-to-date. You can also create a homeschool transcript to showcase your child's academic achievements. All families at Pathways Early College Academy have access to our transcription services. Transcription for Homeschool+ students can be completed at our student support incubator, which is a great resource for academic planning, college guidance, and career planning.
Take College Coursework
Through our partnership with Pathways College, Homeschool+ students can take advantage of our dual enrollment program. Students can take up to 12 college courses during their high school career as a Homeschool+ students at The Academy. By earning college credits as a homeschool student, colleges have proof that your student will be able to succeed and excel in college education.
Homeschooling provides many benefits, but it is essential to prepare your child for the college application process. Develop a strong academic foundation, get involved in extracurricular activities, keep accurate records, and take college coursework. By following these steps, you can help your child become a competitive candidate for college admissions.