Home School Friendly. Developing A Home-School Friendly Admissions Office. Presented by Angela J. Evans, Ed. D. Understanding the Home School Movement Developing Recruitment & Networking Strategies that Work Implementing Alternative Evaluation Methods for Home-Educated Applicants.
Developing A Home-School Friendly Admissions Office
Angela J. Evans, Ed. D.
Developing Recruitment &
Networking Strategies that Work
Implementing Alternative Evaluation Methods for Home-Educated ApplicantsIntroduction
What is the philosophy behind the home schooling movement and why are parents eager to seek alternative methods of schooling?Understanding the Home School Movement
Cited from the Home School Legal Defense Association
The concept of home education
as an education movement is
growing in unprecedented
fashion throughout the United
States and recent research studies
indicate that more than 1.2 million school age children are currently being taught at home by a parent-teacher (Ray, 1998; Lines 1996).
Parents are selecting home based and why are parents eager to seek alternative methods of schooling?
education for a variety of reasons, including:
Fear of Violence in Schools
Quality of Education
Cost of Private or Alternative Education
Flexibility in Home School Scheduling
Special Needs (Health, Learning Disabilities)Why Home Education?
The increased levels of state regulations for home schooling have prompted many families to seek acceptable accreditation for students to
avoid the hassles and
negative stereotypes placed
on home schooling students
by local and state college
“Admissions officers know little about the performance of a home school graduate’s academic performance in college, but this fact doesn’t stop colleges and universities from developing admissions policies (accommodating or
the home school
(Jones & Gloeckner, 2004b, p. 17)
Students are faced with overwhelming requirements that command extensive documentation of their home based education including:
It is vital that these admissions representatives be prepared to aid students in making the transition from home school to post-secondary education (Evans, 2001).
specifically with home-educated students
a targeted home school website
for home-educated students and their families
that includes a vendor fair, as well as sessions
on completing the admissions process and
applying for financial aid
Kennesaw State University
Fall 2000 36 Enrolled
Fall 2001 52 Enrolled
Fall 2002 32 Enrolled
Fall 2003 24 Enrolled
Fall 2004 24 Enrolled
Fall 2005 29 Enrolled
These numbers do not reflect Spring or Summer Semester New Student Enrollment
This enrollment represents home educated applicants from non-accredited programs.
Students & Parents and why are parents eager to seek alternative methods of schooling?
Other College & Universities
Admissions Counselor dedicated to working with home educated applicants since 1996
Back up Admissions Counselor since 2003
Secretarial Support to manage contact lists and prepares materials
Involved in Community Home School Groups, ACIS Centers, National Home School Support Organizations
Stays current on literature
Follows Enrollment Trends nationally, in Georgia, at KSU
Personal ResearchDedicated Counselors
An Admissions Forum for
Home Educated Applicants
Understanding the value of a portfolio review process that provides the admissions office with a uniform method to evaluate home schooled applicants while still providing them with an opportunity to showcase their individual merits
(a mini-syllabus for each subject taken)
Portfolios can be anything… But you need to be specific or you will get everything!
To Express The Abilities And
Explain Their Educational
Information You Are
Reviewing And Keep It
A Unique Organization Developed in Georgia to Accredit Home Based Education
The Accrediting Commission for
Independent Study, non-profit,
non-government is established
for the purpose of accrediting
community centers for independent
study. The accredited designation is
for those centers established and
functioning under standards of the
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