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Socially Active Homeschoolers Change College Admission Policy

Socially Active Homeschoolers Change College Admission Policy
Here is the problem.  Colleges all have very unique, very different policies from one another.  In addition, college admission policies can change over time, sometimes quite suddenly, it seems.  That's why half the time the answer to a question is "check with the college where you plan to apply." Here is the solution.  Create change.  Be a change agent.  Be proactive. Make the change happen by being assertive and asking for change.  Simply asking them to...
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Guest — Renee
Happy "golden" birthday, Mr. Binz!
Friday, 03 September 2010 20:10
Guest — Jeff Thompson
I tried the same thing, but unfortunately in my case, it didn't make any difference. My daughter was getting lots of recruitment a... Read More
Friday, 03 September 2010 17:05
Guest — Ann
hi Matt! Wishing you a joyful celebration of this very special birthday. Here's to "Nifty Fifty!" (I'm already there.) Ann &... Read More
Friday, 03 September 2010 08:57
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Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?

Is Homeschooling High School Intimidating?
What exactly does one need in order for a home school child to enter college? I have heard many different things..like a home school diploma will not be sufficient or you have to have transcripts or a portfolio...it is very intimidating to say the least. Any advice???~Amanda Amanda, check out my free minicourse here.I have lots of video classes about how to homeschool high school on the Gold Care Club.It's not intimidating, it's just one more...
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College Placement Tests

College Placement Tests
As homeschoolers, our job is to teach our children at their level, in every subject, all the time.   It's difficult to determine what "at their level" means, because even if they have finished their math book, that doesn't mean they are ready for the next level.  What if they missed a critical concept?  What if it was so easy for them they should really skip the next level? Colleges feel the same way.  They want to...
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Guest — Radek
The placement tests are a good initiative on the part of academic institutions. I have attended those that had them and those that... Read More
Monday, 28 June 2010 21:58
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Friday, 25 June 2010 10:01
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Learn about Challenges from this College Grad

Learn about Challenges from this College Grad
We can learn things from other school settings.  I was reading about a success story in the newspaper that will be SO encouraging to parents with struggling learners. "The kid who was never supposed to walk or talk, he's about to graduate from one of the fine liberal-arts colleges in the country"Read the article called Grad who personifies perseveranceThis young man attended a private high school, worked with private tutors and used school-provided note-takers, and then...
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College Admissions: Are Work Samples Required?

College Admissions: Are Work Samples Required?
It's difficult to know exactly what records to keep and exactly how to keep them.  Colleges may want to see samples of work, so always be prepared. I have been wondering something as I am attempting to collect samples for the end of the year.  Did you ensure that your samples you kept for transcripts were marked?  As in edits, grades, etc?  I have a habit of marking on work but wonder if I should keep...
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Guest — Lee
If you haven't kept work samples all along in high school, then it's fine to provide them just from senior year. If you are apply... Read More
Monday, 14 June 2010 09:02
Guest — Theresa
Hi Lee! Do colleges want work samples mainly from the child's senior year?
Thursday, 10 June 2010 18:28
Guest — Lee
Hey Lizzie! Thanks for being my friend on Facebook today! http://www.facebook.com/Lee.TheHomeScholar Blessings, Lee... Read More
Thursday, 10 June 2010 06:21
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America's Best High Schools?

America's Best High Schools?
The U.S. News & World Report is best known for its ever-popular college rankings list, but for the past three years, it has also ranked the top public high schools in the country. To determine the winners, a three-step process was used. In Step 1, a statewide comparison was made to determine which schools were above  average statistically.According to the report: “We started by looking at reading and math results for all students on each state's...
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Guest — Jason
Well, from a critical perspective, it benefits those at the very top of the economic/social pyramid/caste system to have a "steril... Read More
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 18:20
Guest — Cathy Hilde
Hi Matt, I couldn't agree more. Schools keep all kinds of meaningful data on their high schools. They use them in marketing pieces... Read More
Tuesday, 04 May 2010 17:57
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What If the College Requires a GED?

What If the College Requires a GED?
Lee:I have a friend at church whose daughter dropped out of school just before her Senior year, she is now trying to go through the public school system's GED® program and has had a terrible time finding teachers who can teach well!  She ask me for help because she knows I homeschool.Any suggestions on where she can get appropriate materials and a sample of what GED® test requires?~ Laurie Sometimes a GED® will be required.  Perhaps...
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Reduce College Expenses with CLEP and CollegePlus!

Reduce College Expenses with CLEP and CollegePlus!
Lee, I know your boys did the "CLEP route" before going to college. Did this shorten the number of credits they had to take in college?  And, are you familiar with the program College Plus? Do you have any thoughts on this company? Thanks,~ Kitty in Washington We did use CLEP to achieve one year of college by exam.  The biggest deal is to make sure the university you want to go to will accept those...
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Guest — Caitlin
Hi Lee, I was a homeschooled kid who wanted to try out the real world. I went to community college for a year before getting frus... Read More
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 11:29
Guest — Melissa in TN
Carol~ I am not Lee but I think I can answer the question Your child can take CC classes until they graduate from high school(as... Read More
Monday, 26 April 2010 06:35
Guest — Carol Daufen
Hi Lee, I attended your classes at the recent Homeschool Conference in Cincinnati. Just noticed your post on fb and read the ent... Read More
Monday, 26 April 2010 05:45
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College Admission Essays - Start Early!

College Admission Essays - Start Early!
The best advice for college admission essays is to start early! If you have a junior, you may want to have them write a college admission essay now, for practice.  You can use it "as-is" next year, edit it heavily, or just use the practice to make writing a new one easier.  You can find college admission essay topics on the website of most colleges.  Google the name of the college, and click on admission.  You...
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What if They Say They Aren't Going to College?

What if They Say They Aren't Going to College?
"Always be prepared" is a great motto for homeschooling high school.  But what does it really mean in real life?  What does a real mom do when her son or daughter refuses to go to college?  My friend De'Etta shares her decisions - and the marvelous results of always being prepared. I have a son who felt the same way (That he would not go to college.) We decided not to make a big deal out...
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Guest — Carletta
What an awesome story! It sounds like De'Etta did a wonderful job of preparing her children for "the real world." Thank you for ... Read More
Friday, 26 March 2010 16:38
Guest — Lee
Hi Lois, Yup, it's a small world! De'Etta has been my online friend for over 10 years. I have a photo of her and I meeting toget... Read More
Friday, 26 March 2010 05:28
Guest — Lois
I can't believe it! De'Etta (hi there, friend!) is a good friend of mine, and here she is on the Homescholar. This home schooling ... Read More
Friday, 26 March 2010 05:09
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Colleges Love Homeschoolers!

Colleges Love Homeschoolers!
Colleges Love Homeschoolers!For example, read how UC Riverside actively recruits homeschool students:"Among the homeschool community, we find large numbers of students who are smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people," said Frank Vahid, a professor of computer science who has three children who are homeschooled. "We want such excellent students in our classes. They have a lot to offer the university community." "Smart, mature, creative, independent and well-socialized people."Sounds good to me!Read the University of California...
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Sounds good to me too! Of course, like me, he may be a little biased with his close connection to homeschooling... [smile]. ~Luk... Read More
Thursday, 18 February 2010 12:30
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Accredited Transcripts?

Accredited Transcripts?
Today, more colleges than ever are homeschool friendly, and homeschool friendly colleges do not require an accredited transcript.  Even the military academies understand that a homeschool transcript will not be accredited.   Usually a college will understand a transcript that a parent makes for their child and will often accept such non-accredited transcripts.  If they don't, colleges will often offer an alternative to an accredited transcript, like a GED® or other testing.  After all, some public high...
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Homeschoolers - Apply and Shine!

Homeschoolers - Apply and Shine!
In this article you can see how a normal homeschooled teen can apply to college and shine link diamonds! "Home-schooled college applicants rely on essays, interviews" "Ary is home-schooled, so when she fills out her applications, she won't have all the traditional transcripts or teacher recommendations that most universities require. Instead, she will rely heavily on essays and interviews to show college admissions officers that she's a bright, highly motivated student who has a passion for...
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Senior Preview!

Senior Preview!
Michelle saw me at Costco and asked me "What should my senior be doing right now?" May I suggest the following checklist just for seniors: 1.  Fill out the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov The FAFSA is a government form you fill out to determine your financial "need" for scholarships. Financial aid is sometimes "first come - first served" so apply as soon as possible in January.2. Apply to collegesEvery college has it's own unique requirements and time...
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Friday, 15 January 2010 11:43
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Admittedly Unequal

Admittedly Unequal
Many colleges are rejecting women at rates drastically higher than those for men, although engineering is the exception. To keep the student body of a university equal between men and women is very difficult.  Maintaining that equilibrium, however, has in the past few years meant rejecting many more female applicants than male ones. Women have the edge in male-dominated fields, and may yield better scholarships.  Men have a general advantage in college admission, and may be...
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Guest — J W
Hmmm... I wonder if Midway College in Kentucky and Lake Erie College in Ohio are biased in the opposite way for admission to thei... Read More
Friday, 15 January 2010 05:23
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