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Supplement for Homeschooler

voyageoutvoyageout Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
edited October 2009 in Home Schooling and College
First, sorry if this has been asked before (possibly multiple times). I'm a homeschooled student working on the Common Application, and my mother is my "counselor" who will be submitting my Secondary School Report and Homeschool Supplement. Now, she's unsure of whether she needs to upload both our official transcript, as well as filling in the transcript form available on the Homeschool Supplement page? Most of the classes fit in appropriate categories there - aside from having too many of several categories - but isn't that a bit redundant to have two copies of the transcript, or do the universities need them sorted by year (our own uploaded one) and by subject (their form)?

Thank you very much for any help. :)
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Replies to: Supplement for Homeschooler

  • PlantMomPlantMom Registered User Posts: 1,573 Senior Member
    The homeschool supplement was redundant, but I still filled it out for my son's applications last year anyway. I don't have it in front of me, but I seem to remember that the supplement didn't have enough space for everything I wanted to include so I ended up handwriting notes in the margin of "see official master transcript" or something to that effect. Although I had the invitation to upload everything from my son, who did his applications online, I opted to send all of the counselor paperwork by mail in one fat packet.
  • voyageoutvoyageout Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Sending everything by mail would probably have worked better, yet for the ease and simplicity we decided to submit everything via the online interface. She ended up submitting the supplement without filling in their transcript form, as apparently it wasn't a required field (I don't think it will even allow you to submit it without all required fields filled in); however, I would have thought it would say optional, if it indeed was. Alas, here's hoping that wasn't a bad choice!
  • 'rentof2'rentof2 Registered User Posts: 4,327 Senior Member
    I think you'll be fine. We also sent in the homeschool supplement on paper, but did end up with two trasnscripts -- the one on the homeschool supp organized by subject, and also our own organized by year. It did seem like a duplication, but I liked our transcript better because it better explained where and how all that course work was done.

    Like PlantMom, there wasn't the right number of line/spaces available on the homeschool supp to get everything on there. I actually resorted to typing it all out according to their format (using a small font!), and then I made a photocopy of it on to the back of the homeschool supplement... so all the information was there where it was expected to be, but without the space contraints.

    But I'm sure you'll be fine the way you did it, too. They'll look to your own transcript for that information, and you won't end up duplicating the same information on two documents.
  • Senior's DadSenior's Dad Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    I did a seven page counselor's recommendation to the Common Application, starting with the statement that "[my daughter's name] is brilliant. There, I've said it."

    She was admitted to all the schools to which she applied, including NCF and all the others to which she wanted to be admitted.

    Hi, Plant Mom! Where is your son attending?
  • broetchenbroetchen Registered User Posts: 1,130 Senior Member
    ^ wow, bold move, Senior's Dad -- 7 pages!
    Do you happen to know if the counselor's rec can be customized, i.e. changed for each of the colleges, or once it is uploaded that is it? thanks, and congrats on your daughter's success.
  • Senior's DadSenior's Dad Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    My daughter was interested in only one of the Common Application colleges (the others having too cold a climate or too preppy a student body), so I tailored the rec to that one (really funky) college. But I would think it would work with any of them.
  • PlantMomPlantMom Registered User Posts: 1,573 Senior Member
    Hi Senior's Dad--
    How's NCF going? My son is at Macalester--so far it's been a great choice for him.

    Seven pages! Wow. I did a two page letter. Each letter was customized for the particular school (sent by regular mail, though).
  • Senior's DadSenior's Dad Registered User Posts: 252 Junior Member
    Hi, Plantmom.

    Glad to hear Macalester is working out for your son.

    NCF is working well for Judith. She's faced numerous challenges (mostly due to the fact she had become too much accumstomed to being the smartest kid in the class), but she's overcome them.

    All in all, NCF's been a really good choice for her. Her faculty advisor pretty much insisted on her taking both Latin and Greek her first semester. Greek is new to her and was initally a challenge, but she's succeeded in Greek, which gives her a great deal of confidence.

    She's found NCF quite hard, but that's what we sought for her.
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