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i mean, don´t you need grades and stuff like that? i´m not aggainst homeschooling, please don´t misunderstand me, i´m just curious how this is? when they hit "high school" time? and beyond? thanks!
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I'm not a homeschooler - but I may be when dd is older.

My understanding is that most colleges will accept homeschooled kids, as long as there is some placement testing done - some evidence of their academic ability.

I know I've read a few articles about homeschooled and unschooled kids getting into college - even into Ivy League schools. So it does happen, and it's going to happen more and more as homeschooled kids of the past decade grow up.
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My understanding is that most colleges will accept homeschooled kids, as long as there is some placement testing done - some evidence of their academic ability.
No placement testing needed in my daughter's case. Every school is different.

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Yes, they go to college. We are planning for both of our kids to be home/unschooled, and for both to go to college.

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I had some sitting right next to me at mine! They were all academically gifted (they were from the same family). I went to a smaller private university. While they weren't hanging with the "cool" athletes or greeks, they seemed very comfortable with themselves, which I now see and appreciate.

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I actually pulled my DS out of public school specifically so he will go to college. He was SO disenchanted with school that I honestly felt that if it continued he would be ready to drop out at 16 (he was 10 when we pulled him out).

There are so many differences between public school and college that I wish I had known when I tried a hundred ways to get kicked out of school as a kid. I definitely think that college is a lot more like homeschool than like public school, the way we learn anyways.

As for the technicalities, there are more requirements where I am, as far as crediting classes etc for a regular high school diploma, but its definitely doable. I'm sure my DS will be ready to take SATs and ACTs and CPTs when the time comes. I am more confident of that since its my job to make sure that he IS ready for them.
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Yes we do! I was homeschooled from the middle of 6th grade until graduation and then went on to college to become, of all things, a teacher! I am now a homeschool mother myself. Every college and university has different criteria for entrance from homeschoolers. My mother kept transcripts and we did SAT's yearly and she gave these to admissions. I also took ACT's and scored well and was able to test out of English and Math.
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I teach at a small, private, highly selective liberal arts college. There is a homeschooled student who sits in the front row of the class that just ended. She's one of the best writers in the class.

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in homeschool and his local community college. When his age mates were getting their high school diploma he got his AA degree! Tuition was free too since he was dually enrolled. Now he is going to the University of Florida.
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I was homeschooled through middle school and I went to college. I know that doesn't speak to the issue of grades and such, since I did have them from high school. However, my interviewer at one of my college interviews was homeschooled (strange coincidence). This was at Brown, and she was an alum from there.
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Some do and some don't same as kids who are public schooled. I was homeschooled and started college at 14, went full time at 17.
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Some do and some don't same as kids who are public schooled.
Yep. I was homeschooled and graduated with my BFA, my sister has not gone yet, my brother did dual enrollment with the local community college and is now working to earn some money before going to a traditional four-year university. We all took the normal end-of-highschool tests (SAT, ACT) and I also took my GED. I was largely unschooled (per my choice) and so when it came time to figure out "grades" and transcripts, we took the records we had kept over the years and gave me grades. Thus creating a transcript to hand to my university. We only kept records because the state we lived in required them (though never asked for proof of them) but it did prove helpful as a memory jogger when university time came around.

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Some do and some don't same as kids who are public schooled. I was homeschooled and started college at 14, went full time at 17.
: I started college right after my 15th birthday. 4 mos before my 19th birthday I graduated with an AA and AGS and Certificate in Data Entry (so I could earn some money to go on to get my BA - which I never did). I have 2 homeschooled brothers that haven't gone and most likely won't go and another (hes 14) who will start in the fall.

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Um, yes. I've even heard of colleges that seek out homeschooled kids because they are good students.

I graduated with my two year associates degree two weeks before high school graduation.

In my state, homeschoolers can enroll in public school, and then attend a community college during 11th and 12th grade...paid in full by the state. The credits count toward both the high school diploma and the college degree..double whammy bonus! As pp have said, lots of hs do that.

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you can start CC in my state at age 15.

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Homeschooling for Excellence is a book you should read. It's about a family that homeschooled their children and 3 of them went to Harvard.

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naw they all get jobs at the local car wash

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I can't remember where I read it : but I have read that the average homeschooled child is taking community college classes at age 15.
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this is great to read! thank you all so much! thisi is something ivé talked about with my hubby who thinks i´m completelly out of my mind...but i´ll hang on and see how it goes until he gives in!

i live in spain so i don´t know how it is here, but it´s great to know it´s like this in the us. thanks!
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I did, but don't feel like I really got anything out of it (partly the school's fault, partly mine ) and will not require/reccomend that my children do.
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What about foriegn launguage requirements? Do some homeschoolers just take these in CC? I can't imagine trying to teach my dd French! Most universities required two or more years when I was applying. Or do they waive these requirements for homeschoolers?
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My children are all home educated and both of my oldest are in college now, one graduates in May and the other is finishing his first year. Neither one had any problems getting into their 1st choice school (both were accepted everywhere they applied, 1st was actually offered scholarships at some he didn't apply to). I honestly feel that we had an easier time getting our sons in college than some of my friends whose children went to public school.

Both also had foreign language - spanish- which they primarily took via a video school, but I also took them to a private spanish class once per week for about 3 years where a lady from Mexico worked with them. They both also worked at a fast food restaurant where many of the cooks spoke spanish so this helped them develop their language skills. Unfortunately they are both losing it because they don't use it. Oldest has been taking Japanese in college and has done quite well in it and converses with some friends that were missionaries in Japan for 20 years.
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We homeschool and are planning to encourage Luke to enroll in college at age 16. He is almost 12 now.
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Here's a whole page of links to interesting articles and web pages having to do with this question:
Teen Years, Homeschooling High School, College & Career Information

My son got into his first choice of colleges, and many of homeschool grads I know of are in or graduated from good colleges. Lillian
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What about foriegn launguage requirements? Do some homeschoolers just take these in CC? I can't imagine trying to teach my dd French! Most universities required two or more years when I was applying. Or do they waive these requirements for homeschoolers?
I am planning on using a combination of Rosetta Stone and a local class.
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Mine didn't need a placement test. His SAT scores, plus grades from community college classes were well accepted. It all varies a lot from college to college. He also didn't need any language studies at all! And keep in mind that languages studied at a community college generally count one semester of language study the same as a year of high school language study. I wouldn't start worrying about any of that until the time draws a lot closer.

The thing is to wait till the time is reasonably close - like when they're in their early teens - and start researching various ones then. Lillian
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