One of my coffee break books has 25 reviews, and has earned 4.8 out of 5 stars, but you know what? It just got another review! Listen to this!
School Specific Supplement
Official Homeschool Transcript
Athletic or Art Supplement or Requirements
Activity and Award List
SAT Subject Test Scores
Other Transcript 1
Other Transcript 2
Community College Transcript
Letter of Recommendation 1
Letter of Recommendation 2
Letter of Recommendation 3
FAFSA - January
Reply to College
Deposit to the college you choose
Thank you note to interviewer
Final Transcript - June after school is complete
Cost of Attendance
D. Extra Course Fees
E. Other fees (parking, etc)
TOTAL Cost of Attendance
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Dear Lee and Team,
Good news from this home school missionary family in the Philippines! Our son, Benjamin, was recently accepted at his first-choice school: Cedarville University in Ohio. This is not only a great Christian college, but is the only Christian college with an accredited degree in Industrial Design -- the area he would love to study. In addition, he received several scholarships, which have not paid all, but at least half of the tuition. We are still searching for more help because of our missionary income... but we trust things will work out!
We are so very grateful for all of the material you made available to us, Lee. I cannot tell you how helpful the videos were. I listened to them over and over. Because of your help and advice, I was able to put together a wonderful transcript, a beautiful additional extra-curricular activity sheet, along with stunning recommendations from former teachers and pastors. Also, we prepped for the college exams with your help! It was no small feat, because Ben was raised in Germany (K-9th grade) and he had to switch to all-English, Bible based home school that mom put together herself... and then take a timed, all-English, intensive SAT and ACT test! Wow. But he did it.
So off we go, from Asia to the Midwest. Cedarville has a special MK and TCK department to help students like Benjamin adjust to a Western culture. Yet another reason why we parents are so happy to have found this particular school. We are travelling cross-country on our way to Cedarville in Ohio and could not be more excited for this adventure to begin. MATS, an organization that provides lease vehicles for visiting/furlough-ing missionaries provided us our van. They are also a great company that you could highlight for missionaries coming home to bring their kids to school. They’ve helped us so much with our one-way drop off situation.
Lee, we could NOT have done this without your help. You calmed my fears that kept me awake at night. I was able to give appropriate grades, put down as class subjects those areas of learning that Ben had "studied" on his own over the years, and so much more. His participation in the church band for three years became his guitar performance class, for example! You were a true godsend to our lives.
Thank you, and may your sphere of influence increase all the more! May you always hear of the good fruit that you are bearing all over the world because of your down-to-earth, effective, clear, practical, and most useful information. Cheers to your entire staff!
We will do a home-style graduation and good-bye party all rolled into one next Friday. We will have friends speak, and we will ask Ben to share about his journey and about Cedarville, so that all of the Filipinos in attendance can picture where the Lord is bringing him. In that we work with 450 children from the slums of Cebu City (especially those living on and around the dumpsites), and we try to help them in school, giving them tutorials and motivational classes, AND try to find scholarships for the college-bound ones who show promise......... it has been a very special gift to our family that God sent YOU to help us with our own son! He certainly provides. We take care of His concerns, and He takes care of ours!!
Many blessings to you and a huge hug,
~ Nancy and Family, missionaries with Christian Frontier Ministries
Field Directors for IGC Foundation SE Asia
Facebook, Christian Frontier Ministries and Pro.Vision Kids
Read Nancy's Novel: Suluan - A Novel by Nancy Lueckhof
I would love to share the story of my recent graduate from Homeschool because ours is such a testimony of what God can do when we don't see how it will ever work out!
We recently graduated our second daughter from our homeschool. We definitely benefited from your resources and easy ideas for homeschooling High School.
You took the fear out of homeschool High School!
Our daughter was really very sick with chronic Lyme Disease since the age of 12. Many times she was bedridden for weeks or months at a time. This made learning hard and we had to school year round.
At first I was pretty stressed out wondering how in the world we were going to get her through High School. Then I found you! Because of your e-books, emails and blog I was able to create a High School career centered around her interests and be creative with how she learned each subject. Your clear method for keeping track of course work and putting together transcripts was so easy that I was even able to help friends when they were struggling.
I couldn't have done it without you Lee!
I feel like I know you and if I ever see you I will definitely give you a hug because you helped me to see that homeschooling High School doesn't have to be hard, overwhelming, or impossible.
I recently wrote about making it to graduation on my blog, Abounding in Hope With Lyme
I have been so blessed by yournewsletters, website, and theTotal Transcript Solution. Last October, my daughter was accepted and awarded the highest academic scholarship from all four of the private Christian colleges she applied to. Two of those universities invited her to compete for "up to full-tuition scholarships," and in early April, she was awarded the Presidential Honors Scholarship at the University for her well-written essay. She was also awarded a vocal/music scholarship after I encouraged her to audition even though she had an insignificant amount of vocal training! All combined, Michaela was awarded 93% of her tuition for four years. Room, board, and books are virtually her only responsibility.
Know that I recently met with the Director of the Honors Program at the University who identified with interest, an unusual activity Michaela completed during high school that was listed on her TTS transcript. I presume the Total Transcript Solution made it easier for the university to conclude that Michaela's unique homeschooling experiences would be a welcome addition to the University community!
Thank you for your sound advice on starting a high school folder. The best thing I ever did was start Michaela's transcripts when she started doing high school work--and that was in 8th grade. And every time we did something, a college class or a field trip, a conference, or a missions project, anything... I printed it off the internet, dated it, and put it in a folder. That little nugget of advice from you has SAVED me. One of the essay scholarship questions on the application was, "What kinds of extra-curricular cultural activities have you done?" Fortunately, I found ticket stubs in Michaela's folder from a Latin museum and a Latino Film Festival we forgot she attended two years earlier for her extra-credit Spanish coursework at the community college. Every parent should have a folder, whether they are homeschooling or not!
The BEST advice you ever gave me: read excellent literature. Michaela scored nearly perfect on the SAT reading and writing components. For lack of time (both hers and mine), she never completed any formal English/writing curriculum during high school. Your encouragement in that area helped me step out in faith believing that it was quality, not quantity that would produce a right result. Michaela devoured good books and wrote in her journals (and I coached her with my limited knowledge of community college general education English!), and she wrote a very creditable essay when it counted most.
Thank you for your dedication and service to the homeschooling community. Your recommendations and resources have empowered me to take control of my children's high school education. I know that we will complete high school with absolute success. My second daughter, only a sophomore this year, is nearly finished with high school and plans to take community college courses this fall in fashion design. Her youngest sisters will be starting junior high in the fall. I have every confidence they will all experience comparable success, and I can't wait to make their transcripts!
Hopefully this will give more parents hope to keep their children out of the public school system. We need to keep sending a message that it can be done! You were right about junior colleges. Just from my girls taking foreign language classes at our local junior college the last 2 years... they've been exposed to a lot of inappropriate behavior from both teachers and students. I didn't feel like I had a choice because they needed language and I didn't have time to teach it properly. I'm glad Michaela made it to a Christian college where at least most of the environment is going to be positive. Can't wait to see the amazing things she's going to do there.
Finally, I give all the glory to God who shows me daily that "apart from Him, we can do nothing." There were weeks and months when we were inundated with admission essays, college visits, sports, injuries, illness, life in general; times when I felt we were so far behind we would never catch up. BUT GOD!
"My daughter took the SAT twice, receiving 2250 and 2280 (thanks to your excellent tips!) consecutively. Some people have advised her to take the ACT (some saying that her SAT score is still too low for highly selective colleges, others saying that a high ACT score may open doors to additional scholarships depending on where she applies). What do you think?" ~ Jasmine
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There you are, homeschooling the normal and natural way, not worrying about grade levels. After all, when your child is younger, how can you really tell what grade they are in? Because they could be in 5th grade math, 8th grade spelling, and using a 7th grade history curriculum. But when you have a high school student, suddenly everyone wants to know.
Freshman, grade 9, begins at age 14-15
Sophomore, grade 10, begins at age 15-16
Junior, grade 11, begins at age 16-17
Senior, grade 12, begins at age 17-18
So many moms are scared and nervous about college admission policies. Don't be! Policies are constantly changing, and that YOU can influence change in the positive direction! Be a positive force for homeschooling. Ask the question. State the obvious. Colleges WILL listen to you!
"Following a college tour today, we met with an admissions counselor to get specific details about their admissions policy for homeschoolers. He told me I needed this, that, and this other thing. I had to tell him that those items are not listed on their website, that we are not required to follow public school requirements, that school districts don't approve our schooling, and that verification from the state do not exist. He went to get clarification, printed out the exact webpage that I've already been following, and then thanked me for educating him. I replied that I was always happy to do that!
So glad this is my second time around, and I wasn't intimidated. And so glad for my friend Lee Binz, The HomeScholar for her advice over the years. Lee, life is easier because of you!" ~ Kristine
Wow! Great example of being kind and firm and proactive!! Moms, you need to know that it's not that hard to be assertive!
Make the change happen in your college community. By being assertive and asking for change, you can encourage colleges to become more homeschool-friendly. Sometimes clarifying questions will straighten things out. Sometimes explaining that homeschooling is independent of public schooling can help. Sometimes comparing homeschooling to private schooling can help. But almost always, a clear, honest dialog will help.
Simply asking them to check their policy may make a better situation for your child – and for all other homeschoolers as well.
PS. Kristine is actually a friend in real life, that I have known for well over a decade. It was such a thrill to read about her success!
I read a very eye-opening article about what an expert in this field teaches his own children. The author is Mark Bell, a marriage and family therapist. He has 3 big suggestions:
Lee - I want to send a thank you to you for your products. I purchased them 4 years ago when my oldest was in 8th grade. I diligently kept up with the transcript each semester as she completed different courses. Now, she is entering her senior year and has already applied to her top two schools. She just heard back two days ago that she was accepted for the fall 2016 to her top school! I was thrilled to put that hefty transcript in the mail, complete with course descriptions, teacher credentials, textbooks used, etc. It was truly a showcase of all her hard work over the past several years. Now she only has to increase her scores on the ACT by a few points for a full merit scholarship. Thank you again for providing your products and services to homeschoolers. What a blessing they are! ~ Tosha in Virginia
What are colleges are really looking for? Students who really want to attend a particular college need to be able to convince the school that they will stay for all four years at that