High school, especially in the last two years, is often spent focused on not only the standard curriculum but elective courses that will help students focus in on possible career or college study interests. Preparing your homeschooled teen for college is more than just making sure they make the grades to earn their diploma. Here are some important things to remember when getting your high schooler ready for post-secondary education.
Consider community college or dual enrollment courses.
Many local colleges partner with high schools to allow for college credit. Check for these programs available for homeschooling students and have your high schooler not only experience coursework in their field of interest but also earn valuable college credit at a fraction of the cost of college tuition.
Start test prep early.
Preparing for the SAT or ACT should start early, but it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Prep courses are available online or in your community through independent organizations or the school systems. Simple test-taking strategies and strengthening vocabulary are two of the most important skills in test preparation.
Find mentors in the community.
Talk to your teen about their career goals and interests. As their goals become more specialized, it may be valuable to reach out to the community to find a mentor they may shadow at work or converse with via Skype or other online communication. Many organizations have mentoring programs to work with college and career bound youth. Work with your student to reach out to them, and it may be the beginning of a partnership with a company that can lead to an internship or even a career.
Go to a career center.
Look at career assessments online or find a local career center in your area. Many of these nonprofit organizations exist to help teens find colleges suited to their career goals and interests. Some can even refer to organizations in the community that work with teens as career mentors, like those mentioned above.
Look for scholarships for homeschoolers.
A simple online search for “scholarships for homeschooled students” will bring a wealth of information. Check local career centers, talk with specific colleges, and homeschool advocate groups to help find ways to reduce the cost of college. Academic and merit scholarships given in connection with entrance exam testing, ACT and SAT scores, and other achievements may be options as well.
Start preparing your homeschooled teen for college early by following these tips. Your college-bound kid will appreciate all the hard work you put in to support them on their path towards higher education.