Homeschool Guidance Counselor

12th Grade

Congratulations Graduate!

Congratulations! You’ve done it! You and your student have reached the culmination of all those long days, study hours, tutor lesson, standardized tests, arguments over

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11th Grade

Compiling a Strong Transcript

A student’s high school transcript is his life on paper. Academics, extracurricular interests, volunteer work, and standardized tests are compiled together, a one-or-two page summation

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9th Grade

Common Problems with College Prep

The holidays are past (well, except Valentine’s Day!) and your family is back into the swing of homeschool. As you come to the middle of this semester some of the novelty may have worn off those shiny curriculum books. You might be juggling a kindergartener, third grader, AND your high school student – right when your ninth grader starts to struggle with his college preparatory studies. What do you do? Below are three common problem areas for high school students and some ways to address them.

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10th Grade

How to Choose a College

Last month we talked about staying in communication with your local college, as well as contacting universities to stay abreast of their transfer policies and admission requirements. This month, we’ll discuss how to choose which colleges to contact, and how to contact them.

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11th Grade

Preparing for the SAT

Are you tired of hearing about standardized tests yet? Most students are! Yet this topic is one of great importance if a student wishes to attend college – immediately after high school or even down the road. Your SAT and/or ACT score gives the college a glimpse of your critical thinking skills, reading comprehension, and ability to problem-solve under pressure. All of these are skills you need for college and career.

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12th Grade

Should I Take a Gap Year?

Not every student wants to go to college right out of high school. Some aren’t sure they want to attend college at all – looking instead at alternative options. Though the atmosphere of education encourages immediate entry into college post-high school, this isn’t every student’s story. Some students choose to take a gap year.

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12th Grade

What Next?

January 1st is a special day, and not just because it’s the beginning of a new year! This is the first day the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available for families of college-bound students for the fall.

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11th Grade

How to Write a Stellar Essay

The college application essay fills many students an understandable trepidation. So much rides on this one written work! Though essays are optional on standardized tests (largely because colleges have their own admission essays they wish to consider), the college application essay is required. No two essays are the same, however. Each college chooses an essay topic unique to what they seek in their applicant pool.

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10th Grade

Degree Completion Plans and Your Community College

If you’ve recently picked up a community college course catalog for the first time, it might seem overwhelming. How do you know what classes to take? How do you know those classes will transfer into a university degree program? Enter the degree completion plan: every homeschooler’s best friend in the quest for higher education!

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9th Grade

Pinpointing Potential Careers

How do you know God’s call for your life? For some, it’s a clear message to their heart from a young age. Others find it by trial and error. But many don’t know God’s call simply because they aren’t aware of how to recognize it.

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12th Grade

Finalizing Your College and Career Plan

With the holidays approaching and Christmas break around the corner, this email may seem like just another addition to your to-do list! But if you have a few minutes this month, December is a great time to sit with your senior to finalize your college and career plans.

No plan needs to be written in stone, especially in the ever-changing climate of the teen years. Even so, tangible goals for this final semester of your student’s high school career are incredibly helpful as you decide what’s next.

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11th Grade

Planning Your College Visit

As the weather gets colder and holiday preparations begin, schoolwork takes a backseat. Whether you break completely for the holidays or do light work all year round, I’m about to add one little thing to your to-do list: arranging your first college visits!

Don’t worry: you don’t need to visit colleges in December. Since most of the students and professors will be home for Christmas break, there wouldn’t be much to see anyway! This is the month to begin planning for next year’s visits, whether in spring or fall. How do you set up a campus visit, and what should you do once you’re there? Here are some tips:

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