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College almost loses funding over homeschooling

In its admissions materials, the University of the Arts says it “welcomes applications from students who are home-schooled,” and the university is listed on a national Web site of “Home School Friendly Colleges.”
But one disgruntled home-school family from Western Pennsylvania who complained to their state legislator about the school’s admissions requirements briefly wound up costing the school $1.2 million in state money for student financial aid yesterday. Read more…

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Three degrees at 16-years

Don’t get the idea your kids are behind. This is one unusual kid.
Andrew Hsu has not yet been on a date or taken his driving test.
But he does have three degrees — in neurobiology, biochemistry and chemistry. This month, just weeks after his 16th birthday, Hsu became the second-youngest person to graduate from the University of Washington, and the youngest with a triple degree. Starting this summer, he plans to begin his doctoral research into brain function at Stanford University’s medical school.
For Andrew, the UW is where he has grown up. Not just the 1-foot height spurt that began after his freshman year, but also where he began separating his own identity and destiny from the expectations of others.
According to dad David Hsu, a computer-software engineer, Andrew’s unusual talents began revealing themselves at age 2, when he started assembling Lego robots and teaching himself to read. Read more…


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The Homeschooled Advantage for College

In the pursuit of a homemade high school education, Jay Voris played drums in Guinea, Colin Roof restored a 134-year-old sailboat in Ireland, and Rebecca Goldstein wrote a 600-page fantasy novel and took calculus at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
The independent-minded Maryland students and two dozen others gathered at a Unitarian Universalist Church in Annapolis one afternoon this month for an alternative graduation ceremony that is becoming more common across the country as home schooling expands. Now the movement is gaining ground in a crucial arena: college admissions.
Goldstein, 18, of Ellicott City will be a full-time student at UMBC in the fall. Alan Goldstein said his daughter’s idiosyncratic education distinguished her from “cookie cutter” applicants from conventional schools and helped her gain entrance into honors programs and win a full scholarship. Read more…


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Oklahoma extends scholarships to homeschoolers

The Oklahoma House voted along partisan lines Monday to expand a popular state-financed college scholarship program to home-schooled children.
The measure by Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, would make home schoolers eligible for the Oklahoma Higher Learning Access Program, which grants scholarships to students from families earning less than $50,000 per year who take a rigorous college curriculum, maintain a 2.5 grade point average and stay out of trouble. Read more…


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U.S. colleges becoming more homeschool friendly

LOS ANGELES — David Sample wanted to attend the University of California at Riverside but thought it was a lost cause because he had been home schooled.
The University of California system is known for being tough on nontraditionally schooled applicants. For them, the best ticket to UC has been transferring after taking community college classes or posting near-perfect scores on college entrance exams. Read more…


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On leaving the home-schooling years

This is a subscription site but at least for today, I didn’t need to register. Free to register and worth the read.
They were flexible times and enjoyable times; frustrating times and enlightening times; bonding times and arguing times. They were times at a particular locality but with a pertinent universality. They were “the home-schooling years,” and I am that creature, the home-schooled student.
How can one describe the transition from a world of three classmates, academic accountability to no one but your own parents, and shelter from the dreaded “real world” to a world of over 60,000 students, several different teachers and classes, and a whole host of social, moral, and practical issues competing for your attention? Many are the days that I reflect and am amazed at how seamless the transition has actually been. Read more…


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From home school to college

Thirty years ago, there were fewer than 20,000 students being home-schooled in the United States. The number is probably close to 2 million now. Some families choose homeschooling for religious reasons. Others think the mainstream educational system stifles the love of learning and believe homeschooling nurtures independent thought.
As home-schooling has become more common, admissions officers have become more homeschoolfriendly. Ten years ago, these students were often viewed with skepticism. Admissions officers wondered if they were prepared for rigorous college-level studies. But studies have shown that these students perform as well as or better than institutional-school graduates, and many colleges now welcome home-schooled students. Read more…


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Homeschoolers Find Getting Into College Easier

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) — David Sample wanted to attend the University of California at Riverside but thought it was a lost cause because he had been homeschooled.
The University of California system is known for being tough on nontraditionally schooled applicants. For them, the best ticket to UC has been transferring after taking community college classes or posting near-perfect scores on college entrance exams.
Read more…