19 March 2014 ~ 6 Comments

Are Homeschoolers Prepared for College?

As the folks here at Calvert Education Services continue to develop the new Calvert High School Program, our main goal is – “to create an academically rigorous curriculum, reflective of the highest international standards, in order to prepare students to successfully attend any college in the world.”

While academic preparation is one of the most important aspects of being accepted to; and attending college, we know that college admission teams also review extra curricular activities, leadership positions, and volunteer work.  Does this put homeschool students at a disadvantage over students who attended public or private high schools?  Can homeschool students adapt to college life as well as their traditionally-schooled peers?

Two recent articles, Students from home school adjust to life at UNC  and Homeschooled Teens Ripe for College suggest that homeschool students adjust to college life just as well, or even better than other students.

What do you think?
Do your children participate in group activities or do volunteer work?
Do you look for hands-on learning and leadership opportunities that will look good on college applications?
Do you think homeschool students are more prepared for college than other students?

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  • MaryBeth R.

    College isn’t digital though. How will the new Calvert 100% digital curriculum prepare them for using textbooks, writing, putting answers on paper etc? Just saying…
    We love Calvert but I’m not seeing us using it when we get to high school.

  • Molly Leonard

    Actually, there are so many colleges now that use a digital or online curriculum. I’m glad Calvert is embracing this trend so that my children will be prepared for those digital and online requirements in college.

  • Shoshannah H.

    As a student who used Calvert until moving to a college preparatory high school and is now in college, I can vouch for at least some of us. Between the two forms of lower level education I received I felt nothing less than prepared academically for college. I had absolutely no problem getting into the schools I applied to and, in just my first semester, earned a GPA well exceeding requirement for the Dean’s List. Even if Calvert kids are used to digital schooling, I don’t think any of them would have a problem adapting to college. Many classes take advantage of online technology these days and even without that I should hope people do not underestimate a child’s ability to put answers on paper, hardly a challenge. Plus, at least at large universities, many classes use scantrons on exams which, in my experience, makes things easier. In terms of socialization, each kid is different, homeschooled or not. I know plenty of post-homeschoolers who are amazingly adept at socialization and also plenty of mainstreamed students who aren’t the greatest at making friends.

  • Alix HS

    I finished grade 8 at Calvert, then went on to Keystone National High School and graduated from there. I have had no problems whatsoever transitioning from high school to university. I’m now in an honors program and have been on the Dean’s List since my first year there. So yes, homeschooling prepared me well.

  • Ody

    Alix,

    Were you happy with your high school experience? As I understand Keystone is strictly digital as well. Do you think you would have preferred an all digital course through Calvert?

  • Julie C.

    College IS digital!! My oldest daughter is in her 3rd year of college (private university) and my son is in the 2nd semester of his freshman year (state university). Both children needed laptops because about 90% of their work is in digital format.

    The majority of their professors only offered the digital versions of textbooks through the school store. If you wanted a paper version, you can sometimes order those, but you have to have the digital version that comes with a special product key for online activities and tests.

    The professors use a Blackboard online classroom management tool and that’s how they send notifications, updates, and reminders to students. They also participate in online forums and discussions. And even in class, students take their laptops in to take notes and submit in class assignments to teachers while sitting there at the end of class.

    My children have basically said they rarely need to use any paper and writing utensils. The only exception is for science labs where they use paper lab notebooks. They later enter that data into their laptops anyway.