Looking Ahead to College
“What about college?” my sister-in-law asked. At the time, my oldest child was four years old. It seemed incredible that anybody could object to homeschooling a kindergartener because in thirteen years it might affect college admissions.
Back then, I told SIL that colleges were recruiting homeschoolers due to their excellent academic preparation and superior work ethic. As we got closer and closer to the college years becoming a reality, however, I got a little nervous. What if… what if???
I figured if nothing else, my kids could attend a community college for two years, earn an Associates degree, then transfer to a four-year university. It certainly makes sense from a financial standpoint. Then a friend (who works for a two-year college) told me that 75% of the students who attend community colleges cannot pass the basic skills tests required to take college-level coursework. That made me nervous!
I’m happy and relieved to report that my oldest child was accepted at his college of choice, and did so well on his SAT that the college gave him an $11,000 scholarship – renewable every year as long as he keeps his GPA above 3.5. He earned a 4.0 his first semester, and that’s in subjects like chemistry, calculus, and a few engineering courses!
Now child number two has been accepted to her college of choice, and did well enough on the SAT that she’s been offered a $12,000 scholarship – renewable every year as long as she keeps her grades up.
Homeschooled students can get into college. If they’ve received a good educational foundation, there’s no limit to what they can achieve.