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Planning to send your homeschooler to a Georgia state college

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In a previous article, I stated that Homeschoolers can get into GA state colleges without an accredited diploma. Still, if you are planning on sending your homeschooler to a Georgia state college, you will still have some hurdles to overcome.

Coursework: To get into a Georgia state college, the student needs to meet the academic requirements of the college, which is in line, for the most part, with what is required to graduate from a Georgia high school. You will be safe if your child has studied the following:

4 credit years of math including Algebra 1, Algebra 2, Geometry, and any advanced math such as Statistics, Calculus, Pre-calculus, or a host of others

4 credit years of language arts including Grammar and Composition and American Lit

4 credit years of Science including Physical science or Physics, Biology, Chemistry, and any other science

3-4 credit years of History including US History and World History

2+ credit years of the same foreign language

1 credit year of art

4 credit years in electives of your choice.

This is very doable as long a s the student tackles at least 6 courses every year. Some colleges may require less, but if you aim for all of the courses on this list, all bases will be covered.

Test Scores

As unfair as it seems, in order for a homeschooler to be easily accepted into a Georgia state college, their SAT or ACT should be higher than the average student entering the college. Most specifically, they should have a 1090 math and verbal SAT score or a 23 ACT score. With these scores or higher, a GA public school will accept a homeschool portfolio because it is clear that the student has been educated to an acceptable level. If the student was to score in the 85th percentile on these tests (approx 1280 SAT or 28 ACT) and they will also receive the HOPE scholarship.

Consider accreditation

Even with crossing all of the courses off of the academic to-do list, and getting a high ACT score, colleges may still balk at the students GPA. These "mommy grades" are not taken as seriously as grades assigned by "teachers" even if these teachers be other moms at local homeschool co-ops.

In our case, we decided to get one of my two homeschooled children homeschool accreditation, not for public college admission, but for scholarship eligibility. We had to have an outside agency verify her grades so that they would be accepted at face value at one of the schools she is considering. Interestingly enough, this also opened her up also being eligible to apply to all of Georgia's state colleges.


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