Did you know that in 2014, the number of home schooled students surpassed the number of students in private schools in North Carolina? This rapid growth in home schooling is consistent with a general trend across the United States, as more and more families are choosing to educate their children at home. In fact, the best estimates indicate that there are now three million home schooled students in this country, and that this population is growing at an annual rate of 7-15%.
Many of these home schooled students are planning on attending college once they have completed their high school education, but they often don't have the typical application materials (like GPAs and transcripts) that traditionally-educated students do. Further, when they have pursued non-traditional methods of learning through self-directed projects, independent research, and internships, it's unclear how best to document and demonstrate the knowledge and skills they have acquired to prepare them for higher education. This can make the college admissions process confusing and difficult for these students, and for admissions officers as well.
For this reason, the Oregon Home Education Network and Teach Your Own have partnered to conduct research that will provide useful and detailed information to the families of home schooled students who are considering the option of pursuing a college degree. By providing admissions officers with the opportunity to share their perceptions of, and recommendations for, home schooled applicants, we hope to make the process easier and more clear for both the students and admissions personnel. The result of this research will be a comprehensive final report that will be provided free of charge to all interested parties.
This survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. It consists primarily of multiple-choice questions, with opportunities to provide more information where you like. Please feel free to include as much detail and as many ideas as you can, though, and please share the survey with others in your community. The more information we gather, the more helpful the final result will be.
Your responses on this survey will not be connected with any personal information. Therefore, the final report will include general data and anonymous comments only, and readers of the final report will not be able to connect information with any particular institution or admissions officer.
After the Survey
After the Survey
The final page of the survey provides a link to the Teach Your Own site where you can register to be notified when the final report is available. Additionally, in April and May of 2015 we will be conducting interviews with admissions officers who are interested in providing more information on their experiences with, and advice for, home schooled applicants. If you would be interested in participating in one of these interviews, please provide your contact information at the end of this survey, and we will contact you within the next few weeks.
We appreciate your participation and support!