How to Be SURE Your Teen is READY for College - Going from Homeschool to College

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Summary:  Here's some of my best tips for getting your homeschooled teen into college, including what you really need to know about college, doing your homeschool transcripts in the way that the colleges are used to seeing, and how to prepare your teen for college writing.  My book on homeschooling to college includes a lot more and outlines 10 easy steps including planning, calculating that GPA, choosing your homeschool curriculum, getting reference letters, and how to homeschool to college without losing your nurturing homeschool style. This includes affiliate links to my book as it helps keep the price of it frugal. Please see my disclosure policy.

Are you homeschooling a high schooler who wants to go to college?  

What do you need to know then?  Does going through the college entrance process with your teen give you pause?

I have been blogging about college awhile now, and many of my posts are on my blog here

I decided to gather together my best tips and make them into an easy to use handbook for college.  And it is just for homeschoolers. That way I could make each one connect right to the next, and add in printables and such to each chapter.

I was so anxious about the college admissions process as a homeschooler when I began helping our teen.  

But I needn't have been.  

My 2e teen, with both sensory and attentional issues got into each college that she applied to, with scholarship offers, including a state college, a tier two U, a harder-to-get-into private Christian college, and one more.  

And our homeschool transcript was accepted everywhere.  

Some bloggers have shared some incomplete information, based on just one type of college that their kids all got into.  My book background is broader, so you get information for each of the types of college out there.

We as homeschoolers often worry whether.....

Do we need an accredited transcript?  
Are there extra hoops to jump through for homeschoolers? 

A good starting place is here -

Are you looking for tips on doing your homeschool transcript?  My best tips for that are below, with guidance for doing them in the way that the colleges are used to seeing.

Know how to write essays and research reports is an important skill to have for success in college.  How can you prepare you teen for college writing?

My book includes a lot more tips and outlines 10 easy steps for homeschooling to college.  What about college reference letters?  Course descriptions?

Homeschooling High School with College in Mind will not only answer those questions, but also may make the whole college application process easier........ 

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How about assigning high school credit?  That's in there, too.  Our homeschooled teens do lots of great learning and sometimes volunteering or working part time during the high school years. And they all count!  

What's the best way to share your teen's accomplishments to the colleges?  That's in my book, too.

Not ready to buy the book yet?  Check out all of my up to date posts on high school  here, and click on the COLLEGE tab on my blog for lots more on college.

Showcase your student's accomplishments to the colleges!

Here are the chapters and I made at least one printable for each:

Researching College Entrance Requirements
Planning High School with College in Mind 
Choosing High School Curriculum
Assigning High School Credit
Making Your Teen's Transcripts
Electives and College
Writing the College Essay
Course Descriptions and Reference Letters
Preparing your Teen for College Writing

Don't Forget the FUN!

No Worries about Forgetting Anything!

What are people saying about the book?

Lit Picks did a review:

Link to their video about my book: Video Review of my book .

"For parents new to homeschooling, this book is full of ideas, examples, and helpful advice. Since homeschooling is about having choices, we like that the author highlights how her family made their decisions and sorted through their options every year. This book helped visualize what a long-range homeschooling plan could look like, and I would recommend this book to any homeschool student and parent."  Lit Pick Review

Amy from Rock Your Homeschool says:

"Watch your fears about homeschooling high school vanish as you read this book!  I was nervous wreck and put off planning for high school.  Betsy put me at ease with her encouragement and experiences, and the printable forms are invaluable!"

Anne Campbell from The Learning Table says:

"Homeschooling High School just got easier with Betsy Sproger's helpful guide to all you need to know in homeschooling high school with college in mind.  An absolute MUST HAVE BOOK for homeschoolers who are heading to college!" 

Shelly at There's No Place Like Home says:

"This book is packed with valuable information, and it's written in an easy-to-read format for those of us who don't have the time to read dictionary-size manuals.  I truly believe that Betsy literally thought of everything and didn't think twice about including it."

Heidi from Starts at Eight says:

"What I Love about this book is that it gives you actionable things to do along the way.  From your choice of courses, to keeping records, how to calculate credit and more!  It is an affordable and quick reference to help you plan and navigate homeschooling high school with college in mind."

homeschool high school with college in mind
 Review by Ticia Messing at Adventures of Mommydom

Download the first chapter for free here.  

Would you like to ask me a question about the book or about college?  Just message me at my Facebook page for BJ's Homeschool. 

Thanks for stopping by BJ's Homeschool,


Betsy is mom to her now college grad whom she homeschooled from day one.  She blogs at BJ's Homeschool, about the early yearshigh school & college and wrote the book - Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.  

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  1. Just picked up your book, Betsy! Looking forward to learning from your wisdom and experience!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comment, Carlie Lake! I hope my book is a help to you and your precious teen! And feel free to send me a question or two through messaging at my facebook page, if you like. It is here - Hope you have a wonderful holiday season!!


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