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From: Annie (cache-mtc-ab08.proxy.aol.com)
Subject:         Re: Help, help, help!
Date: August 27, 2007 at 5:22 am PST

In Reply to: Help, help, help! posted by Helen on August 26, 2007 at 7:19 am:

Hi Helen, I'm so sorry you've been worrying about this. My first thought is that you should go to a more active board. Check on Yahoo, I think there are several active unschooling boards with folks that can give you the support you obviously need.
My second thought is that your friend is wrong! I am sure she is giving her children an excellent education, but it sounds like you are, too. Even though I am not an unschooler, I strongly support children's rights to learn in the manner in which they are most comfortable.
Unschoolers have most certainly been admitted to college. (My dad taught one at Penn State--a graduate student in library science.) No college I have ever heard of has insisted on a high school diploma in order to be accepted. Both my parents are college professors, and I have never heard of this. None of the schools I have investigated for my daughter (we're in VA) have required this of homeschoolers.
Check out some of the colleges' websites in your area, or call them and make an appointment. They will give you the most accurate information. From what I've seen at the schools I've looked at, most want a description of the course of study from 8th or 9th year, any standardized exams, and outside activities including any community college classes taken.
Unschoolers do manage to pull together course descriptions for their kids, and probably another more active site will give you loads of information on this. I have heard people on this site praising TranscriptPro, which can be purchased from Apologia (you'll have to google them, I'm sorry I don't have the web address).
If you're worried your daughter won't do well on standardized tests, there is plenty of practice material out there. And lots of people don't do well on standardized exams, but that's only one criteria for college acceptance. And it is in no way a reflection of your daughter's intelligence. If your daughter has been unschooled all her life, she probably has some wonderful experiences that would set her apart from other students in a very positive manner.
If your daughter spends a couple of years exploring her interests by going to community college and doing volunteer work, this would really bolster her transcript to a four year college. Check out your resources for online courses, too. Keystone High School online allows you to take individual courses. There are other online school that allow this as well. And tons of people don't go to college exactly at age 18.
In the area where I live, our local community college accepts homeschoolers into their classes. The parents don't have to supply any kind of transcript, but the student does have to pass basic math and English competency exams. I've never heard of anyone failing these exams, by the way. Anyway, once the student enrolls in classes at the community college, they transfer on to four year schools. In this manner, the student is able to forgo the SAT's and the worry of high school transcripts. Many people in our area take this route.
I wish peace of mind, Helen. I wish a wonderful future for your children, and it sounds like you're on the right track in giving them what they need.


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