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    Longtime homeschooler. Putting experience to use guiding others through college applications.
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  1. And given how overworked many admissions offices are, you can't assume they will reach out for clarification. I also remind myself that Admissions is used to reviewing many different high school transcripts, which can be very different from state to state. There is usually space on the transcript to specify grading scales and weighting practices. The School Profile is another document that can offer a lot of context for what the student did. This is where I usually land. Be clear about what you did. I was cautious about doing something with a course that had a strong grade,
  2. This is wise advice. Also, I've found that having a good understanding of what is an isn't in the law is helpful when dealing with officials who are not that familiar. They can be more willing to comply with the law or a state DOE explanation or FAQ than with an explanation sourced from a homeschool group.
  3. Yes, this was also a good option for us. My older kids did most of their testing at private schools, because our local public stopped allowing homeschoolers to test.
  4. In my experience, admissions readers love atypical applications, because there is something distinctive to consider.
  5. You could include that in the counselor letter. She can also explicitly call this out in the Additional Information section on the Common App. It would be totally appropriate to mention it in both places. Eta: I don't think you need to belabor what you think she didn't do, unless she lacks an actual requirement. As far as leadership, that is more than having a club title or being a sports captain. It's also about self discipline, internal motivation, being an example, and taking risks.
  6. I think 5 pages is skimpy too. My package of transcript and course descriptions is around 10 pages. (I've seen some people recommend 50-60 pages, which seems more that admissions will want to read. ) I have long booklists for some courses, but didn't bother with isbn. I will include an edition number for some texts, but Jane Eyre is just title and author. NCAA might specify isbn, but none of the couple dozen colleges mine applied to cared.
  7. Thank you for extracting the non-need info. When I look at Section H, I look at a couple different numbers. Of the students who applied for need based aid, how many received it. Then what was there average award. Of the remaining students, how many received non-need based aid and what percentage of the remainder is that. It's one thing to note there is a $6k average non-need based award. But if hundreds of students receive no aid, that tells you something too.
  8. Another source of aid info is the Common Data Set. Section H reports how many students requested and received need based aid and average awards. It then reports how many received aid that was not need based and what those average awards were. Here is the CDS page for Wisconsin.
  9. I think the concern over a dyslexia diagnosis would be that strings of alphanumeric characters would be misread. This could create a problem with things like coordinates for fire support. You might want to search the Service Academy Forums for info related to medical qualification and waivers.
  10. Lori, thanks for the historical context and the link to the current Regents requirements. I will mention this in the Affinity Group and see if we can offer constructive feedback that might encourage them to drop this. I can say my own kids often dropped a college simply based on the extra workload an application had.
  11. It would help if you mentioned the state you are in, so people could offer specific references. Homeschooling, like many other education requirements, is governed by state law; so there can be significant differences in requirements and procedures from one state to another. In general, I suggest looking at both what colleges require for admissions and what high school students in your area tend to accomplish in high school. The local high schoolers will be some of the students you child is competing with for admissions (especially for public colleges in your state). If they are doing rigo
  12. I have talked to ASU reps several times about this, most recently this spring when one participated in a panel for the Homeschool Affinity Group of IECA (professional organization for Independent Educational Consultants). ASU is not looking for reasons to turn down students. They can take some alternative demonstrations of lab experience (AP exam scores, dual enrollment courses with a lab, and maybe the ACT science subsection score). They are definitely willing to discuss this with families to help them understand the requirement. The requirement was set by the Board of Regents, not
  13. Just wanted to send best wishes on helping your student navigate the application process. I haven't gone through this, but I was just in my practice Common App account yesterday and there is a place for the student to add amplifying information if the options for gender don't adequately describe them and they want to add more information.
  14. Yes, that's a good group, especially because everyone has first hand experience as a homeschooler and also as an IEC.
  15. My hunch is that some homeschoolers are applying and then no transcript is sent at all. After a student applies (especially through Common App) they often get a prompt to create and check a student portal with the college itself. This is where they are going to see that the college has flagged something as missing or incomplete. It's one more thing to do, when students often feel wrung out by the application process; but it's an important step. Not all colleges will reach out to a student for missing information.
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