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Correspondence School is it categorized as Home school?

zeiglerzeigler 6 replies2 threads New Member
edited January 2005 in Home Schooling and College
Hi! I am attending a Correspondence School (Distance Education program) for my high school studies. I am taking the same classes as if I were in High school, except I am at home. I send my tests to my instructor to grade them, other than that we basically have little contact.

I was reading over the Brown Transfer application, it asks for a lot of detailed information for your secondary school official to fill out. The problem is my tutor doesn't know my goals and if I would be "personally" qualified to attend Brown. I will make an effort to try to contact my tutor, by email, phone and through the letters. That is what I should do.

I wonder if distance education is categorized as being home schooling? My school is nationally accredited, and my tutor has already promised me a recommendation. So I do believe I can use the application in the same way as if I were attending high school, I'll just have to make a better effort to get to know my tutor.

What do you, guys think?
edited January 2005
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  • hsmomstefhsmomstef 3455 replies124 threads Senior Member
    it really depends on several things...first of all, who will be issuing you a high school diploma? Whoever that is should be the one completing the information that a guidance counselor would provide. You can take correspondence courses and recieve a diploma from the school...the high school diploma and transcript would come from them. You can also take correspondence courses and incorporate them into your own high school diploma...than you are responsible for the transcript and information.

    Can you share with us the name of the correspondence school? That will help us help you.
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  • zeiglerzeigler 6 replies2 threads New Member
    Oh yes, the name is James Madison, (pcdi.com) and James Madison will be issuing my diploma. I wasn't so much as worried about the transcript as I was about the questions about character and personal goals. Since my relationship with James Madison has been mostly formal up to now. Well thank you for answering for helping. Since I am not giving myself a diploma then I would not be considered home schooled right?

    Thank you! :))
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  • hsmomstefhsmomstef 3455 replies124 threads Senior Member
    someone may correct me, but as I understand it you are not officially homeschooled, since you have an accredited school issuing your diploma.

    So, to get back to your original problem...how to fill out that form. Do you know who is supposed to fill out the form? Is it supposed to be a guidance counselor? If it is supposed to be the GC or tutor, whom you don't really know well enough to get a clear recommendation you really have 2 options...see if Brown will allow someone else, who does know you well, to complete the recommendation (maybe someone from Scouts, a coach, etc) or talk with the tutor and tell them what you want them to write on the form and see if they will do that.

    Also, you might talk to Brown and ask them how to handle this since you go to a correspondence school...many kids do (not thousands, but enough so you shouldn't be the first). Other correspondence schools include American School, Key?...
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  • zeiglerzeigler 6 replies2 threads New Member
    The form is addressed to the Principal or College advisor, and it wants a school official who knows this applicant well to complete the form. So I assume it means a school official from the secondary school. I am going to ask Brown how to deal with this better, they seem to imply from the application that this essential to being considered. So its really important that I ask them. Well thank you for all of your help! :) I hope I am not the only one from correspondence school ;..
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  • TanstaaflTanstaafl 114 replies7 threads Junior Member
    I considered myself homeschooled all my life, but I did a distance learning/accredited validation of my homeschool work through high school. I was considered a private school student when it came time to apply, and it made life easier.

    Yes, definitely ask Brown. I think colleges are becoming more aware of and more flexible towards non-traditional students.
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  • zeiglerzeigler 6 replies2 threads New Member
    This is What Brown Told me

    "The secondary school report should be completed by a guidance or college counselor. It is sometimes the case (even for applicants attending schools) that this individual does not know the candidate as well as she/he would like. The individual should fill it out to the best of his/her ability and when there is no basis for judgement he/she can check that box. If you feel your advisor does not know you well, your teacher recommendations should be from individuals who do and can attest to your academic abilities and performance as well as your character. We are sensitive to this issue in our evaluation of applicants. Hope this helps."

    Best wishes,


    So its pretty cool, nothing to 'worry' about. :)

    Thank you to everyone who has replied to my message, I feel more confident now! :)

    -Zeigler
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  • hws56hws56 92 replies7 threads Junior Member
    Could you use one of your teachers that you had for more than one semester, if this applies to you? My daughter is doing a correspondance school HS through Texas Tech - we don't believe we'll have a problem getting the counselor to fill out a form next year, but are planning on lining up her English and possibly Spanish teachers - she will have had them both for 2 years when she gets done with all the classes.
    Please post the outcome of your experiences with this.
    Harriet
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  • zeiglerzeigler 6 replies2 threads New Member
    One recommendation from each teacher would be a good idea. Since your daughter will have the same teacher for two years that will help her in the long run. It will be more likely that the teachers know her better and be able to write a good recommendation based on character and skills. So the longer she knows her teacher the better, that is what I believe.


    I will be applying next year, and I will have one recommedation from my Correspondence instrutor, and two from different College teachers. I am hoping the Dean will also give me a a recommendation as well.

    Harriet I hope I have answered your question :)..

    -Zeigler
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