Success in getting into a good college has a lot to do with your child’s preparation. It is not just about being talented. It also about what they are willing to do with their talent and how prepared they are for college academics. The student is marked on how well they can apply themselves instead of just the grades they achieve.
College admission officials like to see a strong foundation of learning that students can build on in their college years. This is why it is so important to make the child start early in high school.
To create a solid foundation, the homeschooling child should take a minimum of five solid academic classes. They can begin with the basic and gradually move on to more challenging advanced courses. Here are a few courses that are advised by the college boards:
It is important to teach English every year. Traditional courses including, English and Canadian literature, help to improve the student’s reading and writing skills, vocabulary and comprehension.
Geometry and algebra help in succeeding on college math classes. Taking them early will ensure that the child has time for advanced math and science, which can help in showing colleges he/she is ready for higher-levels. Taking combinations of the following can be very helpful:
- Algebra 1
- Algebra 2
Science teaches a homeschool student how to apply theories to the real world and how to be analytical. Colleges are looking to see that the student has taken a minimum of three years of lab science. A good science combination includes:
- Physics or chemistry
- Space/ earth science
Colleges that are more competitive expect a minimum of four years of study in laboratory science, which you can get by taking advanced classes.
As a homeschooling parent, you can always guide your child to taking the right courses and classes to make sure your child gets admission in the college they desire.