Homeschool to College: The Preparing Stage

Homeschool to College: The Preparing Stage

In my recent post about transferring credits from junior college to university  it sounded like we had not prepared for these years.  We had and well, life just became a 50 foot wave that we just had to ride.  I didn’t think it would be fair if I didn’t share some of our first steps.  To be honest I didn’t get these ideas on my own. I have a great book written by Cafi Cohen titled  “And What About College”.

When my son was 13 years old we talked about colleges and universities that he was interested in.  At that time he had desired a future in entertainment.  We made a list of those schools and started to look at the requirements.

One school that is of particular interest had this information for freshman admissions:

USC considers applications from home-schooled students. To better understand a student’s preparation, we require two extra items in addition to the general requirements found in the Common App and USC Supplement. Home-schooled students must submit: 1) results from three SAT Subject tests, including one in mathematics; and 2) a dossier outlining the home school program. The dossier should include detailed syllabi of all courses, names of textbooks, names and applicable credentials of instructors, details of any assistance you are receiving or curriculum you are following through any public or private agency, and any additional information that may be helpful.

(Link to above)


This is excellent information to know!  “Keep good records” that’s what that is saying to me.  There are some great resources to help keep your records but a simple notebook with dividers has been  the easiest for me.

We also saw that some of the universities we were looking at  wanted college prep courses such as Speed Reading, SAT prep and any AP classes.   Even if you don’t think your son or daughter is looking at going to college I would at least take look at what is going on out there and defiantly keep records.  You know how it is, one day they don’t want to eat peas and when their grandma makes peas they love them and wonder why you never make them.




One thought on “Homeschool to College: The Preparing Stage

  1. Thought provoking. I just recently (last week) started a notebook of my research regarding prep schools (what they teach) and college admission requirements. I look forward to your posts. Wish we could sit down and chat face to face over a cup of coffee!

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