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Family pupils are homing in on college

Aidin Carey, like her peers across the country, hopes a thick envelope will land in her family’s Cambridge mailbox this week. Actually, the 18-year-old hopes that several will, from colleges such as Harvard, Barnard, New York University, Smith, and Boston University.

For Carey, home-schooled since she was 2, acceptances are more than an entrance ticket to a college classroom (she’s already taken courses and will earn a Harvard Extension School associate’s degree in June): They are evidence her schooling is as rigorous and legitimate as those earning traditional high school diplomas.

”There is always this doubt part that I won’t get in, that I’m too strange,” Carey fretted last week. ”But the reactions from colleges have been really positive.” Read more…

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