28 Jun, 2021 03:11 PM

If you are homeschooled can you still get into a good high school?

Hi! I've been thinking of being homeschooled because my last year at my school wasn't the best. I was wondering if you are homeschooled but get really good grades if you could still get a scholarship at a good high school. Does it have any effect on there decision.

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28 Jun, 2021 03:11 PM

It sounds like you want to get into a private high school since you are talking about getting a scholarship. Public schools do not charge tuition and accept just about anyone, so don't need scholarships. Talk to the school you are interested in and ask them. If you have been studying similar things as the school expects from transfer students and getting good grades, I don't see why they would care if you are homeschooled. But ultimately it is up to them what they are looking for in new students.

Source(s): homeschool mom of 2

28 Jun, 2021 03:12 PM

Yes.  A friend of mine homeschooled her daughter in middle school and she went on to a top-rated college preparatory school.  That particular school has about a 60% acceptance rate.  I know another homeschooled student who wasn't accepted there, but was at a less selective Catholic school.  As far as the scholarship process, it's really financial aid.  It's given on a need basis.   That friend had to pay 1/3 tuition for her daughter.   Had she been in a financial position to do so, the school would have had her pay a greater portion of the tuition.   Interestingly, their endowment is huge, with a lot of well-to-do graduates, and they have everyone fill out financial paperwork.  I suppose you wouldn't have to, if you just felt like you didn't need any, but a lot of parents need at least partial assistance.  

Frankie has good advice, talk to the schools you're interested in.  They'll know how much financial aid they give.  Some have a lot, and others give almost none.  Also, how selective the school is will depend on so many variables, where the school is, how many more applicants than spaces they have etc.  One college prep school could be entirely different than another.

Edit: Even back in the "olden-days" (the 80's) when I was at a private high school, there were students there on scholarships.

28 Jun, 2021 03:12 PM

Scholarships for high school? Hmmm. Not sure about that one. 

You should make a few phone calls and send a few emails, and see what you can find out. My eldest hasn't attended a day of school (we homeschool independently), so I've been curious as to what his options for high school would be if he wanted to attend. (I assume as a teenager he'll get sick of me. The least I can do is make sure he has all his options open, KWIM?) After interviewing a few high school administrators, here's the basics of what I've found: 

Public School: Our district hates homeschoolers. If you want back into the system, they not only want grades and standardized test scores from the years you were homeschooled, but they also have a special little test they've devised and they give ONLY to homeschooled students. Their website assures you that "most homeschoolers are at least a year or two behind," so you can expect to spend an extra two years as punishment for having left their incredible public system in the first place. (You know, the one with scores in the 36th percentile for STATE proficiency exams, and a 50 percent graduation rate?)  We don't have open enrollment, so I can't send him anyplace else but this One Single Public High School. (Snarl!) In the next district over, they simply don't care. Open door policy, come on in, we'd love to have you, welcome! I hear they're a DREAM to work with.  :-/  (I live in the wrong district, clearly.) 

Private School: I expected to have to come armed with reams of data and "proof" that we'd done something for the past...oh, seven years. Especially since I was looking at the requirements for a college-prep, private high school that has the highest college enrollment and the highest ACT scores in the district. They're pretty serious about academics. 

Guess what? They don't care. I have ITBS scores, I have printed portfolios of work completed...they don't care. They give the COMPASS exam, which is more like a test to pinpoint your strengths and weaknesses, and they sign you up for AP classes (or not) based on that. That's it. 

"He's homeschooled, so I'm not sure if that presents a problem." 

The admissions officer smiles at me. "Oh yeah? I was homeschooled." 

Blink, blink. "You were?" 

"Yeah, it's not an issue. The head of admissions homeschools his kids, too. There are a LOT of teachers here who homeschool up to high school and then...a lot of their kids come here. They get a break on tuition, of course, but the teachers know it's a good school, too." 

So...in my experience, the schools that have dismal records and can't find their way out of a wet paper bag are screaming about how "behind" homeschoolers are and how much remediation they need and how much the school doesn't want them. The private schools that have impressive records and boast the biggest population of high-performing students who go on to four-year universities are full of teachers who homeschool their own kids and who have absolutely less than no issue admitting other homeschoolers into the program. 

Go figure. 

The oldest homeschooler I know IRL went to private high school and was on the football team and graduated as Valedictorian. Went on to attend Georgia Tech. It's certainly possible.

28 Jun, 2021 03:12 PM

Of course you can!!! I was homeschooled online in middle school and then I ended up doing high school online but remember...most of your scholarships will come from colleges not high schools:)

28 Jun, 2021 03:13 PM

One typically doesn't get scholarships to attend high school. Are you planning on applying to a private high school after homeschooling for a short time?