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The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!

The Comprehensive Record is the Key to Success!
We have written extensively the reason documenting your homeschool student’s comprehensive record is an intelligent suggestion for every college bound homeschool family.  Below are five final reasons you really should give it some consideration:*College admissions is a high stakes, extremely competitive game and you need to put your best foot forward because it helps to set your student apart.*Homeschooling provides students with a few  specific as well as quantifiable advantages that don’t always shine through in...
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Social Security Requests

Social Security Requests
You are not by law required to supply your social security number when applying for a college. Schools are not required to ask for it. It is going to be necessary for a college loan, but it should not be necessary for a college application. That’s exactly why I advise that you do NOT put a social security number on your transcript.To find out more, read this document from the Social Security Administration: Legal requirements to...
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Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners

Homeschooling High School: Course Descriptions for Visual Learners
I'm a visual learner. Show me an example, and I can usually imitate it (unless technology stands in my way.)  Are you a visual thinker?  What would you like to see?"I'm a visual thinker and I guess I need to SEE a piece of paper as to how the course descriptions are laid out and formatted. Do you have a format?" ~ Maria Here are some links for visual learners who want to see a course...
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Save Your Work Samples

Save Your Work Samples
While supplying universities with the information they require, going further than a transcript will be able to  better your likelihood of scholarships. A transcript may be the building block of admission, however colleges require more than that if you expect them to offer you scholarship money. They ordinarily want to see further comprehensive homeschool records.Examples of student work can be the icing on the cake, the mouth watering dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.In our homeschool records,...
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Playing the Name Game!

Playing the Name Game!
Several people tend to be intimidated by grading. A number of parents tend to be fearful of high school credits. Then you will find some unschool or delight-directed homeschools that definitely stress out regarding naming courses. It can be very easy if you use textbooks (look at the title of the textbook! ) however in other conditions it’s not as simple.I just got off the telephone with a mom attempting to name an unconventional class. If...
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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?

Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?
Many colleges are changing the way they distribute financial aid, making it much more affordable for ordinary students to afford extraordinary colleges. Read about these examples! Brown - "Brown University is eliminating tuition for students whose parents earn less than $60,000, after decisions by fellow Ivy League universities to bolster financial aid as their endowments grow." The New York Times.MIT - "Given our commitment to meeting our students' full need, when tuition goes up, we make...
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Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records

Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records
Why write a course description?Some colleges will ask for them and some will not.  There are a few situations when course descriptions are extremely important.1. When applying to a very selective college.2. When parents can't afford college.3. When the child wants to go to only ONE college.In each of those situations, providing detailed homeschool records can improve your child's chances of admission and scholarships.The transcript is the bare minimum requirement (there are VERY few that don't...
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Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy

Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy
Here's an analogy you may enjoy: Transcript is to course description as transcript is to activity list. On the bottom of the transcript is a place for a VERY abbreviated activity list.  Keep a separate page to list all the details about those activities.  You know the difference between a transcript and course description... same difference between a transcript and an activity list.  The transcript provides just the name, credit value, and grade for each class. ...
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A College with 50% Homeschoolers!

A College with 50% Homeschoolers!
Getting to know colleges is very important, because you are trying to find that perfect fit for your student. I was reading an article about Christendom College in Virginia. A strongly conservative and devoutly Catholic college, 50% of their student body has been homeschooled! That college is the perfect match for someone.One day you, too, will find your child's perfect match.Read the article in US News.Do you enjoy these daily doses of high school homeschool wisdom?...
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Homeschooling: What About Prom?

Homeschooling: What About Prom?
When you tell people you are homeschooling high school, you may get some pretty unusual questions. What about college? What about scholarships? What about socialization? For me, the strangest question was always, "What about Prom?" Yeah... what about it?Homeschoolers who want to have a prom can create one! Read this article, about a homeschool group that got together to make a Prom for their high school students. Appleton-area homeschoolers experience razzle-dazzle of high school dance Teens...
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Test Scores and College Admission

Test Scores and College Admission
Test Scores and College Admission Anne gave some great advice for others about test scores and college admission on my Facebook page after getting her own question answered:I just wish I had asked it at least a year ago. However I have 3 children yet to graduate so I can still use all the help I can get. My oldest son is graduating in May of this year and we have had some disappointments. He did...
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Introducing TWO New Parent Training A la Carte & a SALE!

Introducing TWO New Parent Training A la Carte & a SALE!
Have you discovered our Parent Training A la Carte courses yet? If not, this weekend is a great time to do so! We are introducing TWO new courses: Delight-Directed Learning and Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer! To celebrate, both of our new classes are on sale for just $10! "I love all of the examples.  It helps to broaden my thinking to hear the wide variety of things that other families are...
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Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records

Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records
When providing colleges with the information they need, going beyond a transcript can  improve your chances of scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money.  They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.In our homeschool records, I provided three writing samples with...
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