When I speak on the topic of university admissions, I’m often asked how homeschoolers “get a high school diploma.” The reality is, many homeschoolers do not get a high school diploma. And in fact, by definition (according to the universities), if you *have* a high school diploma, you are not a homeschooler!
Afraid of your “average” homeschooled kid’s university admission chances? Spend LESS time on academics!
I always suggest that effort is better spent cultivating the real and natural talents of a child instead of constraining them to fit in some arbitrary box to be packaged up for university admissions. This advice is well-received by parents of the gifted/talented, but sometimes parents of “average” kids feel that it can’t be a strategy for them. I think they’re (often) wrong.
Recently, the Thomas B. Fordham foundation sponsored a study “Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate: Do they deserve Gold Star Status?” to compare the academic merits of the two programs. The very act of comparing the two, however, requires some judgement calls.
No matter what kind of home schooling family you are, if you think your children might be bound for university, you need a plan. You can be unstructured about schooling but you cannot face the bureaucratic beast that is Ontario’s post-secondary education system unprepared. Certainly our planning is made easier with the home school admission policies available on the web. But, have these plans freed home schoolers, or have they now constrained our home-school-through-high-school options?