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The Homeschool Diner's Guide to
Homeschooling Special Situations

Preparing for College
by Julie Shepherd Knapp, copyright 2006

Homeschooling, transcripts, tests, applications... there's so much to do!

"The Teenage Liberation Handbook" a classic homeschooler's book
by Grace Llewellyn, "...clever strategies, valuable resources and wise
guidance on how to design an interest-driven self-education..."

Putting Together an Eclectic Curriculum  by Cafi Cohen

Weaving a Life  by Luz Shosie -- tracing unschooling threads to college

How Do We Know When We're Done? by Cafi Cohen

Transcripts vs Portfolios -- by Cafi Cohen, an excerpt from her book,
Homeschooler's College Admissions Handbook"  
The Homeschoolers' s Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts by
Loretta Heuer -- examples and advice for traditionals and unschoolers

The Value of Uniqueness vs. Orthodoxy by Alison McKee -- a
homeschool diploma vs the GED

Choosing Courses to Prepare for College -- a guidance pamphlet
from Harvard

Home-Schooled Students Rise in Supply and Demand by By Paula
Wasley -- what do colleges think of homeschoolers these days?

Is early college admission right for my child?

Cool Colleges: For the Hyper-Intelligent, Self-Directed, Late
Blooming, and Just Plain Different a book by Donald Asher

The Nitty Gritty Stuff
Remember:  there is no one "right" way to do homeschool high school  
transcripts. Your child's transcript will evolve based on your
homeschooling approach and the requirements of the specific colleges
or trade schools that your child applies to.  Check your child's chosen
college website and admissions offices to see if they have preferences
or requirements as to what must be included for homechooled students.

College Savings 101 -- this site has many free basic tutorials about
saving for college (using 529 Plans, Federal student loans, etc), and
also a subscription service for more detailed info.
Read about
529 Savings Plans for college expenses

Colleges That Admit Homeschoolers -- this is a running tabulation
by a homeschool dad on his most excellent website,
Learn in
Freedom.  Not an all-inclusive list, but it certainly shows that there are a
multitude of selective colleges to choose from :-)

IPFW Admissions Requirements for Homeschoolers -- these are
the requirements listed by one particular college, just to show you what
info you need to look for at any particular college website

Homeschool High School Transcripts -- 3 samples you can
download free from Donna Young
How Do You Make A Homeschool Transcript For Your High
School Student? by Valerie L. Richey, MD, ND -- one mom's views on
how to do transcripts.  Includes ideas for asperger's students
transcripts, too.
Example Transcripts from the HSLDA website
The HomeScholar -- a service that will prepare transcripts, plan high
school schedules, or gather info on scholarships for you (for a fee ;-) -- order diplomas (fancy printed ones),
caps and gowns, keepsakes, etc,

College Application Overview for Homeschoolers  by Matthew K
Tabor, September 3rd, 2007 -- one consultant's views on what should
be in a homeschool transcript package

Exclusive Interview with Jon Reider - College Admissions Expert
from the Davidson Institute for Talent Development -- advice for gifted
students looking at Ivy League schools

Prep for College Calendar from the National Association of College
Admission Counseling, what to do and when

AP Central -- information on Advanced Placement Tests from (You must contact your local high schools to find out
when tests are given and to register for AP exams)  
AP Home -- a listing of textbooks by Prentice Hall with correlations to AP
content , also offers AP Test Prep workbooks and Honors class books
Pennsylvania Homeschoolers -- online AP test prep classes and SAT
essay-writing classes for homeschoolers

Ten Reasons Why Parents Should Encourage Students to Take
Advanced Placement Courses

Honors and Advanced Placement Program® Courses:
Understanding the Advantages from the College Board website

National Repository of Online Classes: AP -- free, self-study, online
AP courses in science, math, and history

SAT Info from -- find answers to questions, register
for the SAT and PSAT  

Hack the SAT by Eliot Schrefer-- humorous, very good resource

Kaplan SAT/ACT Prep Software -- excellent computer-based
resource,  example tests, answers to missed questions, visible timer,
analysis of types of questions missed, etc.  Very helpful.

SAT Essay Prep Course-- very helpful free online course
SAT Essay Writing Part 1 -- free video on YouTube explains strategy
and walks thru writing an essay

ACT info -- answers to questions, info on registering  Students With
Documented Disabilities  can arrange for testing accommodations
and/or extra testing time. Free Online SAT/ACT/GRE Test Prep -- really! :-)
Grockit -- a Massively Multi Player Online Learning Game that is
an SAT prep course, may be less "painful" to sit thru ;-) and
certainly costs less than most prep courses. Here's
an article about it.
UCCP Open Access College Prep -- free online AP courses, including
simulated labs for science classes, use as prep for taking AP tests

How to request
ACT and SAT accommodations for learning disabilities

School & College Selection Criteria Checklist for Students with
Aspergers Syndrome (AS)-- good things to consider when choosing a
school, from

Taking the SAT Early -- Students may sign up for and take the SAT
"early" at any grade level.  SAT scores taken before grade 9 will not be
permanent -- the test scores will be removed from the student's record
after a few months.  If you should WANT them to be permanent (if your
student does very well) you will have to make special arrangements with
the College Board to have them remain on the student's record.  If your
young student's scores were already erased, they can be re-instated,
but it will take a lot of calling and insistence that it CAN BE DONE (best
of luck ;-)

Taking the ACT early - Students may also take the ACT at any grade
level.  All scores remain on the student's record, and all are reported
when a request is made to report scores.  
Does it matter to colleges how often you take the SAT or ACT?
(this forum contributor, a reliable source, says the answer is, "NO").  
Here is the College Board's advice
Retaking the [SAT] Test]
on retaking the test.

Homeschooler's College Adimssion Handbook  by Cafi Cohen --
"...preparing 12- to 18-Year-Olds for Success in the College of Their
Choice...", a nice basic book usually available in libraries
College Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to
Homeschooling through High School by David P. Byers, Ph.D., and
Chandra Byers
College Admission Essays for Dummies by Geraldine Woods --
takes the mystery and fear out of writing admissions essays
Finding the "I" in the College Admissions Essay -- offers tutoring to
help students prepare for writing college admissions essays, also offers
separate distance education writing courses and tutoring

College Confidential -- find answers to all sorts of questions about
preparing for/applying to US colleges and universities

Assisting Your Teen with Career Planning
Career Considerations

Online Support
Homeschool 2 college -- an online support group
Hs2Coll -- an online support group
Conservativehs2c -- an online support group
Homeschool World Homeschool/College Prep Forum -- online
support group

Related Issues
Emotional Literacy by Steve Hein -- identify and communicate feelings
Respect -- what it is and isn't, how to earn it, how to show it

Read about
529 Savings Plans for college expenses

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers by Barbara Frank -- a
curriculum for teaching life skills to high school aged students, includes
hands-on projects and writing assignments for buying a car, finding
health insurance, using credit, etc.,written by a homeschool mom
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