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Homeschooling supplement just for 9th grade?

PhoenixStarPhoenixStar Registered User Posts: 142 Junior Member

I have homeschooled off and on throughout my life, depending on the other options available to me. The way it worked out, the only year of high school that I homeschooled was 9th grade (my high school has a particularly weak freshman curriculum). That year I homeschooled through a charter affiliated with my local high school, which allowed me to take two classes. I also took French both semesters at my local community college. I did the rest of my classes on my own. Because of the affiliation with my high school, all of the credits transferred easily, and are now listed on my high school transcript.

I am unsure of whether or not I should complete the homeschooling supplement on the common application. I think it might help explain what I did and why more fully, and diminish any speculation that I was graded too softly that year. Additionally, I am considering writing my essay about the unique path that my education has taken, and the leading role that I have taken in deciding what was best for myselg. Does this sound like a good idea?

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Replies to: Homeschooling supplement just for 9th grade?

  • huguenothuguenot Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    I think you are on the right track. The more you can give a college (within what's reasonable to expect them to look at) to help them see you as a person, the better. I think the homeschool supplement will give you that opportunity.
  • anotherparentanotherparent Registered User Posts: 1,275 Senior Member
    I think the HS suppliment is an annoying document that tries to pidgeon hole what is a unique educational experience. Since everything is on your HS xscript, I would leave it at that. You might want to explain in the other info section a bit about your freshman year.

    OTOH, I think your essay choice is great! Adcoms want to see people who took a different path!
  • huguenothuguenot Registered User Posts: 514 Member
    another parent - I do agree with you about the supplement - I hated it. However, for *this* student, I was thinking that it might give them a way to explain why their path was different.
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    I liked the homeschool supplement, personally, and found it helpful in presenting my son as an applicant. To me, though, it doesn't seem appropriate if your 9th grade coursework is on your high school transcript. It would strike me as odd, as it's really a way to present an alternative to a traditional transcript. On the other hand, I think an essay about your educational path could be very interesting to an admissions committee.

    So, you're getting a range of opinion here! Good luck with you applications.
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