Just in the last week, I’ve had at least 5 phone calls from parents inquiring about either what the requirements are to get into college, how to put together a transcript, and/or everything related to dual credit. Since my goal is to make these posts short and sweet, I will address one of these at a time.
Let’s start with requirements. According to Texas Home School Coalition’s website (THSC), there are just a few requirements one must meet to legally home school in Texas. Below is what is listed on their website.
According to the Leeper case, the only legal requirements to home school in Texas are:
- The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
- The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
- The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics and good citizenship.
However, if your child is planning on perusing a career which requires a degree or a certificate, one must look beyond these basic requirements. The best thing I recommend you do is contact the school where your student(s) would like to attend, find out if they offer that particular degree or certificate, and find out from them directly what their admissions requirements are. I would even go beyond that and ask them to direct me to where on their website I can find that information in writing!
As you can see on the images I have included here, there are course and test requirements for admission. For the sake of keeping this short, I have only included Baylor, Rice, and A&M. While they will all be slightly different, I personally had my kids aim for the one with the most requirements. This way, you have all your bases covered. While A&M does not require any social sciences, Rice and Baylor do. I personally require my students 4 social sciences in high school because they will more than likely be required to take them in college. Having taken them in high school will increase their chance of doing well in those classes.
What about electives? Yes, the more you show your student can handle a heavy workload and do well, the better his or her chance is to get accepted into a college, university, or trade school. The great thing about electives is that you get to choose, or at least your student gets to choose, what to take. This is so important, for it gives them the opportunity to explore areas of interest and find out if that is something they really want to peruse in life. These interests could range from being a hairstylist or a mechanic to becoming a doctor or an engineer! One is not less or greater than the other. We need them all! The goal is to provide your student with as many opportunities as possible to explore their interests to help them narrow down the path they would like to take.
I know there is a lot more to be said here, but I promised I would keep it short and sweet. I will be hosting a seminar on this soon, so if you are interested in attending, please let me know in the comments below and I will update you as soon as I have a date and time.
Next week, we will be discussing transcripts! See you then.