Hi hon. I went to look at your other questions and read the one about you being in high school this year too. Sounds like you are having a tough time of it adjusting to moving up to Jr. High and High School and stuff.
Homeschooling might actually be a great thing for you. I homeschool my kids. They won't have a problem getting into college. Don't worry about that for right now. You have a few years and most colleges love homeschooled kids. No matter what, it's easy to get into a community college and do a year there of your general ed classes, then transfer to a 4 year college. The transfer is easy and the community college is cheaper.
OK, so that takes care of the college angle. As for vocational and art. What exactly do you mean by vocational? If you explained what subjects you mean I could answer that better. As for art, well it's not required for high school, but if you like it it's an easy subject to work in. When homeschooling things don't have to be so rigid as they are in a regular school. My kids often do their schoolwork in their pj's.
History class may consist one year of reading books about presidents, or of the governmental process, or taking a lot of field trips to historical places and doing projects on them and researching them. Art is what you make of it. You can take private lessons, or you can go to a local A&C store like Michaels or whatever there is in your area, get supplies and do it yourself art teaching books. That's what my daughter is doing this year and loving it. She is 15 and is writing and illustrating her own books.
Get creative. Have fun with it. Help your mom come up with your curriculum for next year. Check out a couple websites and take part in your own education. You might end up enjoying school.
I don't know what state you live in, but there are online groups for teenagers in just about every state. Here are some that are not per state though.
Whether you have to take state tests will depend on the state that you live in. The laws are different in different states. For instance, in NY you do, in CA you don't.
Home school students get into the best of colleges, but it's not going to be easy. You'll have to take challenging courses and document well. Documentation is going to be the key. Keep a list of ALL curriculum used, not just the name of the course or the primary textbook. If you read 10 books for an English course, put them all down under the curriculum for that course. Also, make a portfolio of your best work, and be prepared to submit that along with your transcripts.
You can take classes at a your local Community College for anything that you don't want to do on your own. But, there are other alternatives--such as hiring a tutor for things like art and foreign language. You can also take a different approach--such as an art appreciation or art history course, which you can get standard curriculum for, rather than a drawing or painting course.
Typically, homeschool students do NOT need to follow the course of instruction laid out for students in public schools, so I wouldn't worry about those credits. Your state may require it so make sure you (or your parents) check on this.
As for homeschooling and college, that's a non-issue, too. Many colleges and universities (especially the top ones) have seen what homeschool students are capable of and are now actively recruiting them (with scholarships, etc.)
If there's even a chance you will return to public school, make sure you use an accredited homeschool source. Otherwise, the public school may not recognize the "credits" you've already acquired and will admit you as a freshman (even if you're a junior or senior). There are ways around this after-the-fact (for example, credit by examination), but it's just another hoop to have to jump through.
When you reach your junior year, you should look into dual-enrollment in the local junior or community college (this gets you both high school and college credit for those courses you take). This is a great opportunity to show you are capable of college level work, as well as getting letters of recommendation from your professors (for the college apps). You could also consider auditing courses at the local university (no credit, but again, shows what you're capable of and gets you letters of recommendation).
Many college make special room exclusively for homescoolers. Harvard, for example, makes a slice of their incoming avaialble to homeschoolers.
YOu DO have to PASS the Entrance and PLACEMENT tests for Math and English
YOu may have to take the SAT or ACT
As for what you speak of, you have to find that on your own outside.
Art, general art. You can probably use one of those "TV GUYS" Learn to Draw kits you can buy at a hobby store or on QVC for $50
PBS often has ART shows and you can draw along with the guy on TV.
I remember this great German art guy who has the MIGHTY STROKES and he'd draw pictures with like 10 or 12 strokes and it was amazing.
If you're religious you can sign in the Church Choir, it's just like singing in a School Choir.
Sometimes ART courses are held at the Parks Department.
CONTACT your local PARKS AND RECREATIONS departments, they often have ART programs, DANCE programs and maybe even have a PHOTO CENTER.
A friend of mine had a $35,000 grant to teach art at the Los Angeles Department of PArks one or two days a week.
As for music you can get a guitar and take a few $25 lessons at a music store and then "unschool" yourself with music books once you learn the basics.
These types of courses are where UNSCHOOLING shines.
I mean a TELESCOPE and a STAR CHART and going outside several nights a week for hours will teach you more about astronomy than any high school course will.
Creative writing. YOu can start an internet site and create your own magazine and get people to come and read things. You can write about what interestes you, cover interesting story. Write about Homeschooling.
You can ALSO work at developing your skills in fictioni short story writing and actually SUBMIT to real "rags" like the Mike Shane mystery magazine or Alfred Hitchcok or Azimov';s Sci Fi magazine. They buy 20-50 stories a month and pay $25 or more.
That's your creative writing.
Imagine THAT on your college resume, a PUBLISHED Detective, spy or sci fi story in Hitchock or Azimov magazine and you can include a first page tear sheet copy.
Now how is THAT for proof you can write. How is that for something to brag about to a college.
You GOTTA THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, that is what Homeschooling is about.
Homeschooling is about NO BOUNDARIES, NO LIMITIATIONS
You can get most of these classes either on your own (you and your mom put together the transcript, it's completely legit) or at a co op - I teach jr. high and high school foreign languages, I make sure that my students have enough work to count for credit. There are also upper math, science, art, history, government, and literature classes at various co ops in our area.
Each state has its own requirements for standardized testing, you can check them out at www.hslda.com. As far as the credits that your high school requires (vocational, art), that is specific to your school - unless you're intending to return, while they're a good idea to take, they're not mandatory unless the college that you're looking to requires them. You and your mom will set the requirements for graduation.
You can definitely get into a top college. You have to put the work into it, just like you would in ps, but the thing is you can choose the format of your classes and work - you can tailor them to your needs. That's where the real beauty lies - if you want to take German, you just get a German curriculum (the one that works best for you) and go for it.
There are accredited programs that will take care of your testing and transcripts, if that is an issue; however, your SAT/ACT and any state testing is record enough, and you and your mom can format your transcripts.
There are even groups that have homeschool prom, yearbooks, sports teams, volunteer opportunities, etc. Believe me, you won't be missing out on anything - and you stand to gain a lot :-)
You get the language credits by taking a language course in your homeschool, try Rosetta Stone if you want the very best option, Alpha Omega's switched on schoolhouse has a less expensive, but still effective program. Art credit is earned by taking an Art class in homeschool, (there are many available), vocational can be obtained through part time jobs, or volunteer work, as well as more traditional vocational courses such as keyboarding, (It might not be specifically "yearbook" or "radio broadcasting" but can still meet the requirements.)
Anything you do as part of your homeschool can be put on your homeschool transcript. Just like you will record math credits, English credits, etc. You can record record Art credits, vocational credits, etc.
As far as getting into a good college, that will depend on your grades and SAT or ACT scores, as well as your extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and how much you impress the admissions counselor at your interview. Homeschoolers are accepted into colleges and Universities all the time. They have gone to Harvard, Yale, and Princeton. They have gone MIT. There are very few colleges that will not consider a homeschooler.
What they do want to see are:
1) Clear, concise transcripts (the parent can produce these)
2) Strong Entrance exam scores
3) Evidence of a well rounded student (volunteer work, extracurriculars, letter of recommendation from bosses, etc.)
4) A down to earth, confident student
A few will want to see a portfolio of work samples. A few will request a GED in addition to these other things, just to "complete the file".
If you can do volunteer work that somehow relates to what you want to study in college, so much the better.
Note that with the exception of possibly being asked for a GED, which doesn't happen often anyway, these are all the same things that a Public School student needs to do.
It is NOT harder to get into college as a homeschooler, in fact a greater percentage of homeschoolers go on to college than Public School students.
For help preparing a transcript get ahold of Cafi Cohen's book "And What About College?".
Or if you want one prepared for you by someone else, contact http://www.thehomescholar.com
For an amazing assortment of resources, curriculum, and supplies, go to http://www.rainbowresource.com ask for their print catalog, it is easier to find what you are looking for if you can sit down with this dictionary-sized book and browse.
They have many great art curriclums, and they carry Rosetta Stone language also.
I would like to address your question about the colleges. I got married instead of going to college, and that was fine for me. My sister, however, went to a top Christian University (BJU) for pre-med. She then went to one of the top Medical Univeristies in the US (Loma Linda). She graduated within the top 15% of her class and won quite a few awards. She is now working at another top university hospital (Ohio State) as an ER doctor (she was matched to her top hospital). Anyone who says that homeschooled children cannot get into college are fooling themselves. Anyone who works hard enough can.
Work on your grammar and English skills please. Many home-schooled kids I know seem to have so many problems writing and spelling. Isn't there meetings your parents must attend in order to be qualified to teach you? Maybe they need to be asking these questions at those meetings.
Yes you can get into college. You probably need to take a SAT or ACT class to help you score well on whatever test your college of choice requires.
Note to the person who commented on the grammar skills. Please don't focus on home school students who have this problem. The majority of people on line do not use correct grammar or spelling. It is acceptable in IM's and they get into the habit. Public school students, college students and even some of the public school teachers use a different standard on line as they would in their formal writing.
In dealing with public school and home school students, I am impressed when they can give an understandable sentence in their writing.
I am going into high school next year, and I am getting a credit this summer by a science class at a University. And BTW colleges LOVE homeschooled students. You might want to check with other schools around you and with colleges and universities, look at all your options.
I recommend going on line
my school offers a VHS course- an online course (virtual high school)
I am going to regular high school but before I went to a small private school I mean really small- it was like homeschooling
you lose alot of the social experience but you have more attention and go at your pace
I think on an academic (not social level) homeschooling is good but you'll have to take SAT and such tests in regular schools
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