There are more students being homeschooled than ever before (as a percentage of the population). It just seems smarter to many to be able to carefully craft their child’s education, while allowing them to learn in a safe and structured environment.
For those that are new to this sphere of education, there is often worry that a high school diploma gained at home somehow carries less weight than a diploma gained at a public school.
There are certain cases where this idea holds true. More often than not though, you can beef up a homeschool diploma by employing the following three techniques.
Highlight The Student’s Ability To Be Self-Motivated
It takes a lot of perseverance for a student to be able to keep up with their peers from home. The temptation to laze around and do nothing is everywhere: the Playstation is a room away, snacks are right across the room in the fridge, and Mom and Dad can’t always be around to supervise.
Students who are able to gain a diploma from home overcame the same academic difficulties while also avoiding all of these obvious and difficult temptations. Highlighting this as often as possible is key to catapulting a student past their public school counterparts. Colleges and internships strive to find students that stand out from the pack; and a large amount of self-motivation often stands out more than anything else.
Compare Results To Public School Students In The Surrounding Area
Another great way to make your homeschooled student look better is by comparing them to their contemporaries in the immediate area. It is very simple to call up a school and ask them to compare their transcripts alongside the students within the same grade.
You won’t be able to get specific information on other students; but more often than not you can get a theoretical class ranking along with a gauge on the quality of the home student’s work.
College admission is becoming much more competitive as post-secondary education becomes more affordable. It’s important to size your child up against the competition and to market them accordingly. The only way to do that is to put yourself out there and get your child included within public school rankings.
Find A Way To Get Your Student Involved In Extracurricular Activities
Students who learn from home miss out on a lot of the clubs and events that are crucial to the high school experience. Nearly every college wants to see their applicants involved in the community in some way, so you’re going to have to find alternative methods for your son and daughter.
Every town is chock full of opportunities. Local churches and charities are a great way to meet community service requirements, and will beef up any homeschool diploma on a college application.
The above tips are a great way to bolster a homeschool student’s resume; but always remember that your child is just as good without these extras. They are merely the reality of today’s society, a reality that all must play along with in some form or fashion.