Today I've got a question on whether or not official homeschool school transcripts are necessary in order to get your kids into college.
(This was an easy post to get up today as we are saying good-bye to Ron this week, and I've been wondering about it for a while…)
This first year of homeschooling our three younger kids has gone well so far for the most part, only a few bumps here and there, and I've loved the flexibility of piecing together the curriculum for the different subjects myself, based solely on what I think would work best for us. That way if something isn't working out, or one or the other of us can't stand whatever we're doing, we just change it up and try something new.
Next year, however, we'll have one in high school, and I really don't want to screw this up.
So I've been thinking and praying a lot about how we'll need to do things as he enters 9th grade. Many people I trust and those who I've been getting most of my advice from suggest signing up for Mother of Divine Grace (I know there are a lot of options, but I'd probably do that one) so they can guide us through the whole process. The main thing, they tell me, is that they'll provide official transcripts. With these it's a breeze to get your kids into college.
But besides the expense of doing this, the thought of someone telling us what material we have to get through each week sort of makes my skin crawl, because it reminds me of the kids being back in school and our lives cram-packed with all the work the teachers assigned. Work that was a nightmare to get through because our kids move so slow some days.
On the other hand, without their guidance, it's probably pretty likely that we just won't get through all that we should.
- What's your best advice on this?
- Then I've also heard stories of Moms who keep very good records/transcripts on their own and their kids got into college just fine. But is this rare?
- Would this make it more difficult for him to get into college? He really wants to be a pilot someday, and I'm afraid I'm going to screw that up for him!
- Does what state you are in make a difference or is it the same anywhere?
- Does anyone have a high school transcript template or sample, or know where online I could find good ones?
I have one more question for those of you still reading…
I know that here in Michigan there are no testing requirements for homeschooled kids. (How awesome is that?!) But out of curiosity, I'd like to have them take some sort of end of year test just to see where they're at.
- How many of you do that?
- I'm wondering if there are any certain tests you think are best or are they all the same pretty much?
I know our local homeschool building offers one (not sure what it's called) for only $20/child or so, and I may do that one, but first wanted to see what you all suggest.