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1 Important Pit Stops during High School Diane Kummer HSLDA High School Consultant Home School Legal Defense Association For preventative maintenance during the high school years, learn what important to dos and deadlines to keep in mind. Major pit stops will include information about various tests, benefits and sources of outside classes, college search and application tips, alternatives to traditional college, and career and post high school paths. I. Introduction II. Before High School Homeschool high school reference books Review of basic skills Reading list High school blueprint Extracurricular activities III. Freshman Year 9 th grade Plan academics Course selection Study skills Computer skills Time management Select extracurricular activities Save for college Create high school transcript IV. Sophomore Year 10 th grade Outside classes Benefits Sources PSAT test SAT/ACT prep College research Career/military Update transcript & reading list V. Junior Year 11 th grade PSAT/SAT/ACT tests SAT Subject tests Career tests Potential post-high school study options Update transcript Financial aid forms Scholarship info Personal resume Summer enrichment opportunities

2 VI. Senior Year 12 th grade Take full slate of academics Finish campus visits Submit school applications Complete financial aid & loan applications Respond to letters of acceptance Finalize transcript Award diploma! VII. College Application Packet Application Common application General info Educational info Extracurricular activities Transcript Essays Letters of recommendation Application deadlines Regular Priority/early decision Other info VIII. Financial Aid Scholarships and grants Loans Early action Rolling Work study IX. Scholarships/Grants Sources Private organizations Civic and community Employers organizations Categories Need based Merit HSLDA high school website X. Educational Loans Federal subsidized or unsubsidized State Private Personal Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid XI. Work Study Part of financial aid package Opportunity to work on campus

3 XII. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Necessary for receipt of financial aid Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) Student Aid Report (SAR) On line registration v. hard copy application Profile Deadlines XIII. Alternatives to Traditional College Credit by examination AP CLEP DANTES (DSST) Thomas Edison College Examination Program (TECEP) Excelsior College Examination (ECE) Dual enrollment Distance learning Portfolio assessment XIV. Post High School Careers Hone interview skills Polish resume & cover letter Research job opportunities Library Internet Job fairs Network Cold calling Entrepreneurial possibilities Apprenticeships XV. Military Enlistment Diploma Transcript ASVAB test College credit Extracurricular activities Service Academies College prep plan Detailed records High SAT/ACT scores Extracurricular activities Deadlines

4 Resources: General HSLDA Links Home School Legal Defense Association HSLDA s Homeschooling Thru High School webpage For HSLDA members: HSLDA High School Consultant: Diane Kummer High School Newsletter Links To sign up for the monthly Homeschooling Thru High School newsletters: Newsletter archives on additional high school topics including: Let s Encourage Teens to Read! The College Search Computing a GPA Transcripts Take Two Home School Legal Defense Association s High School Brochure A Guide to Homeschooling through High School covering: Planning the High School Years Credits and Grades Records Made Easy Keeping on Track: A Timeline for High School Post-High School Options: The Home Front, Marketplace, Military, and College High School Resources and Websites: Career Testing ASVAB Career Test, Career Direct, The Call, The Highlands Ability Battery, Career Vision, Ucipher Graduate, Homeschooling Thru Highschool website, Diploma Diploma with cover, FAQ re high school diplomas, Free Computer Tutorials - Internships Mentoring Your Teen, Education Plus by Inge Cannon, National Honor Societies (for homeschoolers)

5 Eta Sigma Alpha National Home School Society, The National Society of High School Scholars, Mu Eta Sigma National Math Honor Society Science National Honor Society General Information: Reading Lists The Pursuit and Pleasure of Reading sources for recommended reading lists Let s Encourage Teens to Read Poetry and Cultural and Historical Texts - Recommended for College-Bound Readers, Resume Instructions and Samples - Recordkeeping Court Report, Recordkeeping: Is it Worth the Trouble? Study Skills - Recommended Resources for Homeschooling High School The High School Handbook by Mary Schofield Homeschooling High School: Planning Ahead for College Admissions by Jeanne Gowen Dennis Senior High: A Home Designed Form+U+La by Barb Shelton Homeschooled and Headed for College by Denise Boiko The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling Teens by Debra Bell College Resources and Websites: General College Links Preparing for College Article College Board Website (includes time line for students) The Common Application Christian College Info College Bound: What Christian Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids Choose a College by Thomas Shaw Council for Christian Colleges and Universities College Credit Links AP or CLEP College Fairs National Association for College Admission Counseling

6 Council for Christian Colleges and Universities College Search Engines College Board (see College Quickfinder and College Matchmaker) Christian College Guide Peterson s Guide Resources & Tips as You Begin Your College Search College Tests Links PSAT Homeschool State Codes ACT SAT SAT Subject Tests Financial Aid Links FAFSA Smart Student Guide Profile US Dep t of Education free booklet: Funding Education Beyond High School: The Guide to Federal Student Aid, HSLDA Newsletter on Financial Aid HSLDA Newsletter on Competitions, Contests, and Scholarships Alternative College Path Resources Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century, Brad Voeller College Without Compromise, by Scott & Kris Wightman Thomas Edison College, NJ Excelsior College, NY Charter Oak State College, CT Post High School Resources and Websites: Apprenticeship Information Federal Office of Apprenticeships: Vocational Information Center: Occupational Information Network (info on apprenticeships, occupational skills, careers): and Websites for careers/jobs for special needs students:

7 Homeschooling Thru High School website: Military Links Military section of HSLDA website: Military Academies Info: Enlistment Info: ASVAB Test help: Home School Legal Defense Association

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