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Highschool requirements for college

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2006 9:20 am
by nep
Is there somewhere (preferrably online) where I can find the basic courses of study required for college transfer- e.g.- high school science subjects that should be taken? I understand when the time comes that testing is a good way to show proof of what has been learned but I am interested in knowing which specific studies I should be looking into for them so I can have a foundation to work from in the highschool years.

I feel like I have seen these things before, but cannot find them now that I want to (of course)- help would be appreciated.


The courses you need to take will vary...

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 3:58 am
by Theodore
Well, the amount of anything you need to take, even core subjects, is going to vary from college to college and major to major. The various states also have different high school graduation requirements. What state are you in, what major are you looking into, and what colleges are you considering?

That having been said, you want at least two of physical science, biology, chemistry, and physics. You also want math up through at least algebra 2 (advanced math or pre-calc is better), American history and state history plus at least one additional history course (in my case, European history), assorted humanities (whatever you need to prepare for the CLEP humanities exam, primarily art appreciation), and of course a good knowledge of reading / writing / language arts.

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 9:34 am
by nep
Thanks! That is what I was looking for- the basics. We will likely not be in this state (Maryland) when high school time comes, but I like to have a general outline to keep in mind when I come across curriculums/texts and such so I can refer to it when the time comes. I guess it is the way my brain works.

Am I understanding right, that generally it is not until high school that a specialization starts cropping up?


Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:15 pm
by Tabz
I'm not sure if you have certain colleges in mind, but it might be best to call them and ask what they'll accept as well. They have some strange rules for homeschoolers. I personally had to take both the ACT and SAT (while most of the other students had to take the SAT only) for the college I wanted to attend, this was all the "proof" they really needed.

Posted: Wed Feb 08, 2006 12:19 pm
by Princess_Fyara
"Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way To Earn Your College Degree In The 21st Century" by Brad Voeller. "Comex General CLEP Reviews", and the "Home School Special Report" available through Global Learning Strategies.

It is of course always a good idea to call your college...

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2006 4:27 am
by Theodore
It is of course always a good idea to call your prospective college(s) well in advance, so you know what their requirements and prereqs are. You'll feel pretty stupid if you discover at the last minute that they require, for instance, three science courses rather than two :) Or if they require standardized test results in certain core subjects rather than a homeschool transcript.

Posted: Fri Feb 10, 2006 11:55 am
by Tabz
Yeah.. and the last thing we want is for homeschooling parents (or students) to feel stupid!

Posted: Wed Feb 15, 2006 6:35 am
by nep
Thanks for the added info!- I think the specifics will have to wait until my kids are a bit older (they are only 5 1/2, 4, and 2)- but I wanted an outline of the years ahead. I know it will adjust as time goes on, but it gives me a view of the broader scope. Also, as I do not plan on using one program or curriculumn across the board, I will be able to make notes and such along the way. That probably gives a better view of how far off I am to the next stage of details. Thanks again for the advice and info!