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Homeschooling to prep school?

winker425winker425 Registered User Posts: 66 Junior Member
edited March 2013 in Prep School Admissions
Does anyone have any experience--direct or anecdotal--about kids who went from homeschooling to private school/boarding school? I'm particularly interested in any hurdles faced in the application process. My child was in GT/public school magnet programs through the middle of 7th grade, when she started homeschooling. Am wondering if it's important to be in school for 8th, when she would be applying to schools, or if homeschooling would be viewed negatively.
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  • dancerx31293dancerx31293 Registered User Posts: 458 Member
    Most of these schools want students from an array of places. I don't think homeschooling would be viewed upon negatively because they list that they have a small percentage of students that came from a homeschool background. The reason it is probably a small percentage is because the majority of kids these days actually go to a public or private school. As long as he/she is strong in academics, extracurriculars, and has a good personality, there is no reason why your child should be discouraged from applying. Good luck. =]
  • sierradocsierradoc Registered User Posts: 71 Junior Member
    Our daughter has homeschooled for the past 3 years and has applied to boarding schools for next year. There is a little more work putting together a transcript and deciding who does letters of recommendation, but we have not met any significant obstacles. In the parent interviews, the reception has been very positive, with one admissions director saying they find that parent homeschool teachers often give much more insightful information about their children's abilities and needs than the more generic teacher recommendations.
    We did utilize some online instruction through Johns Hopkins CTY and Stanford EPGY which gave some outside grade evaluation, but this was certainly not necessary. You may want to start thinking now about possible sources of letters of recommendation (atheletic coach, music instructor, or other mentors) who can supplement what you provide. The schools generally ask for the letters from your child's math teacher, english teacher, principal and often another supplemental recommendation. Since you may be the english/math/principal for your child, it is helpful to talk directly with the admissions office at each school to see who else they will accept them from.
  • sabregiel121sabregiel121 Registered User Posts: 346 Member
    idk id agree w/ sierradoc- see my democratic school thread for more info, but yeah. just keep on persisting and pushing- and always, always, think about what ppl u could ask for recs because the recs give u credibility and of course the more credible u seem, the better. good luck w/ that! :)
  • la_vie_est_bellela_vie_est_belle Registered User Posts: 42 Junior Member
    Hi. I went to boarding school after being homeschooled 3rd-8th grade. I remember being very encourged by the entire application process. Instead of being viewed as the freak whose parents had taken her out of school (as many adults in our home community chose to believe), I got a very positive reception from the admission officers at the boarding schools. I submitted extra writing samples and a portfolio of my artwork. My mom wrote a letter about why she had chosen to homeschool me and what type of curriculum we had followed, but my actual letters of recommendation were from my math tutor, language instructor, music teacher, and a community leader who I did volunteer work for. I also submitted lists (perhaps more in depth than the average applicant) of all the extracurricular things I did to show that I was socialized and could contribute to boarding school life outside the classroom. Please feel free to PM me if you have more questions.
  • Jonathan1Jonathan1 Registered User Posts: 5,744 Senior Member
    What boarding school did you go to?
  • D'yer MakerD'yer Maker Registered User Posts: 3,421 Senior Member
    I'm not a home-schooler, but I, too, had the sense from several admission offices that homeschooling was regarded not as some freakish obstacle that must be explained...but, instead, I had a sense that it was looked upon as an aspect that actually adds to the diversity of the school community. There may be some challenges in terms of documenting and papering the application relative to traditionally-schooled applicants...but I didn't sense a bias or negative perception in the instances where the topic was (indirectly) broached. By way of example, one school's AdCom referred to home-schooled students in a long laundry list of ways demonstrating that the school had done an excellent job of bringing the best and the brightest together in one place to create an exciting learning environment.
  • bearcatsbearcats Registered User Posts: 4,409 Senior Member
    one of my floormate was homeschooled 3rd to 8th grade and he's doing extremely well
  • RyanoneRyanone Registered User Posts: 229 Junior Member
    We've home-schooled since kindergarten, and my 9th grade daughter is applying to prep school this year. We've received a pretty warm reception from the schools.
  • bearcatsbearcats Registered User Posts: 4,409 Senior Member
    hey, I can put you in contact with my homeschooled whom I just mentioned if you want. PM me if interested
  • mamommamom Registered User Posts: 3,293 Senior Member
    My son attended a very small (<4 kids in 5th grade) montessori school til 5th grade then got into a local independent day school. I imagine, that your child might have similar issue to my son. The amount of homework was overwhelming. Testing took a while to get used to, getting it right the first time and not being able to go back and correct was also an issue. By 7th grade though he was in the groove as far as academics. I would definitely start doing graded testing at home if possible. Although on standardized testing my son usually ends up with 99% scores on in school testing he does less well. He was just used to being able to go back and correct his work.

    Good luck
  • bongo397bongo397 Registered User Posts: 95 Junior Member
    Wouldn't homeschooling suck?

    ---Not too social---just you mostly!
  • katchakern2003katchakern2003 Registered User Posts: 222 Junior Member
    I'm homeschooled, and I was accepted (academically) to Choate. But they didn't have enough financial aid for me so I couldn't attend.

    Just make sure that you try to take as many challenging classes as you can in the 8th grade. The classes in the 8th grade will set the foundation for the next 4 years of high school. Take advantage of this time and try to make it the most productive year.

    And no, I don't think homeschooling is viewed negatively. It is a little unique, and I think that it might even add a little diversity to the applicant.
  • roses&amp;cloversroses&amp;clovers Registered User Posts: 363 Member
    I met a girl who is being homeschooled and applying for freshman year. she is very nice and obviously artsy and intelligent, but when my mom asked her if she had ever been away on her own before she said that she went to her aunt's house last summer foor 2 weeks

    she didn't seem super social, so I imagine that if she goes it will be a big transition from spending her entire life with her family to seeing them only during vacations. and going from little to no independence to complete independence
  • girlgeekmomgirlgeekmom Registered User Posts: 513 Member
    Bumping this old thread because I think it's relevant. Our dd was homeschooled the year we were applying to boarding schools. It was generally not an issue; for some schools it was even a "hook." But dc was qualified in all ways for the schools to which "we" applied. Now a freshman, dc's study habits and self-organizational skills developed during homeschool years rival those of much older students.

    As for the transition to living away, it depends. In our case dc had spent the past few summers at residential camps. In our opinion boarding school offered a great combination of academic options and a wide social circle. Contrary to what some folks believe, not all homeschoolers are socially or academically isolated.

    For families of homeschoolers who are looking at boarding school I would be happy to answer specific questions about how the process worked for us. Start a new thread or PM me!
  • SeeingDoubleSeeingDouble Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    We have twins who we have home schooled starting in 6th grade. Their love of learning was being compromised so we removed them from public school after 3rd grade. They attended private school for 4th & 5th grade but they weren't being challenged enough & the school was combining 6, 7, 8th grades into one classroom which I didn't agree with. So we started with homeschooling through K12 in 6th grade. The twins won't be applying till next fall so we have a year to prepare their application. Don't know what strengths or weaknesses our application will have but our twins have some atypical activities which make them unique. Just don't know 1. how the admissions committee will look upon homeschooling even though it is through an online educational program 2. the feasibility that they both will go to the same school. Even though there will come a time when they will have to lead separate lives that time is not now and we will not separate them or force that upon them.
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