How to Help Your Homeschooled Teen Get into College - Video by BJ's Homeschool

Summary:  Video based - 8 Tips for Getting Your Homeschooled Teen into College.  And it is not that hard to do. #homeschoolhighschool #gettingintocollege

Hi! I am Betsy from BJ's Homeschool where I blog about high school, college, and frugal resources.

Today I will be sharing 8 tips for homeschooling your college bound teen.  Many of these tips will also apply to teens who are headed to trade school or community college. 

I helped my daughter get into each of the colleges that she applied to with scholarship offers.  
Join with me on Getting Your Homeschooled Teen into College by clicking on the video and follow along with the step by step guide below.

To get started....let's talk about college entrance requirements.

1.  Know your prospective college's admission requirements

You will find these on the college websites.  Check at least 3 colleges in your research.  They are not all the same.  They vary from college to college.

Look for "freshman admission requirements" 

They will list the CORE COURSES required and credits required in:

  •  Math
  •  Science
  •  English
  • Social Studies
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • Electives

FREE download on Getting Started with College Research

2.  Choosing Your Homeschool High School Curriculum

My favorite resources for curriculum searching:

 - CURRICULUM DIRECTORY at Let's Homeschool High School

This curriculum directory for high school is the most complete one I have seen. I invite you to check it out.


This site is full of curriculum reviews, written by a team of authors (I am happy to be one) who have actually used the curriculum.  Mostly faith based options.

Our favorites for high school curriculum, and how they helped us get the college requirements for  done are in my book.

Free PDF on High School Helps - Full of top articles on high school.

--No email needed--

3.  Making Your Teen's Transcript

What are transcripts really?

"Transcripts are a record of the courses your child completed in high school, the credit he earned for each course, and each course's final grade. Transcripts also include personal information used for identification purposes and, usually, a grade point average (GPA).

Transcripts include all courses and studies your student has done, in the home and out.  It is the place to compile all courses, including those from a community college or public school. 

My book has a full chapter on transcripts plus an Official Transcript Form, with step by step directions, to just fill in.  It is the kind of form that the colleges are used to seeing.

4.  Do High School Electives 

Did  you know that your teen's electives can be key to getting into college?  

Colleges want to see what activities and electives your student has completed. Let's talk about:

Special interests and skills
Working with others

More on high school electives and how to share them with the colleges are in my book.  Also included is my list of 100 High School Electives.

5.  Add in an additional credit or 2 in a core course to show rigor  

AP courses?
SAT Subject tests?
Dual Credit?

Another way to show rigor is:

--Adding in an extra core course or two can show rigor.-
Based on your teen's strengths and interests. 

6.  Know the # of high school credits that will be required by the colleges. 

This can vary from college to college.  It will be on the college's page on freshman admissions requirements.  Our prospective colleges asked for 24 credits.  But best to check with the college your teen is applying to.

7. Do the PSAT and Prep for SAT/ACT

Why do the PSAT?

Schedule the SAT or ACT during the junior year of high school. 

Much more on the SAT/ACT and test prep frugal resources are in my book. Including how to decide which test to use.

8. Get the College Application & FASFA in.  

The Common Application

College admission tend to be on a first come, first serve basis, so try to get your teen's college application in early, in the fall of senior year.


For scholarship consideration or financial aid.  

FAFSA comes out October 1st.  Do it in senior year.

The FASFA is the application for financial aid, but it is also used for scholarship consideration by your colleges.  

And don't forget - Memory Making/Don't forget the Fun!

Getting out in nature with your teen.

Sharing your hobbies

Doing projects together
Video Making?

Special Routines
Tea Time?
Book Clubs?
Nature Study?

Special Events
Bird Counts?

My book offers many more tips on homeschooling high school and getting into college. For the Homeschool Summit, the ebook is reduced to $1.99 through Thursday, January 26th.

Free to read with Amazon Prime

17 Chapters including:
  • what is needed for college admissions
  • homeschool transcripts
  • assigning high school credits
  • preparing for college writing
  • make your own homemade courses
  • scholarships
  • my Common Application guide
  • reference letters
  • course descriptions
  • lots more.

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is a Christian and mom to her college grad whom she homeschooled from the early years onward.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote Homeschooling High School with College in Mind, 2nd edition.   She offers homeschool help through BJ's Consulting. Follow on Pinterest or Facebook 
for more on high school and college plus frugal resources.

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