Monday, February 25

Home-schoolers gain college acceptance

Monday, February 25, 2008
The Oregonian Staff

Jenny Grant's transcript was written by her mom.

Her classroom was her home and community.

And her idea of a high school sport was fencing.

But none of that means she was less prepared for college than graduates of traditional high schools.

The problem was proving it.

As the number of home-schoolers multiplies, more students such as Grant are making the leap from home to college, creating new challenges for students and colleges alike.

The number of home-schoolers in higher education is hard to determine because colleges typically don't track them the way they do other groups such as international or minority students.

But colleges nationally say they are seeing greater numbers of home-schooled applicants as more parents choose to teach their children at home.

The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that 1.1 million K-12 students were educated at home in the United States in 2003, a 29 percent increase from 1999.

As those students reach college age, they first have to convince admissions offices that they are prepared for college-level work and then adjust to education in a formal setting.

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