Academic References for a Homeschooled Student??

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  1. areed

    areed Member

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    Who can provide a letter of reference for the Naval Academy if you are homeschooled? Your parents or can you sub a community leader for one of the academic references? (like Math or English)
     
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  2. rkrosnar

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    Academic References...

    Since, your homeschooled you should probably have some sort of oversight by your state department of education (ie; someone should be reviewing all your work like a certified/licensed teacher something like that.). Your parents should know who these people are.

    RGK
     
  3. The OC Josh

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    Some homeschoolers do not have anyone like this. I would suggest talking to Admissions and/or any liaison officers to see what they suggest. Did you ever take classes from other homeschool parents? They might be able to do it. :thumb:
     
  4. WestTexasmom

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    areed,
    I sent you a pm

    Not all states require oversight by the state dept of education
     
  5. MomoftheMagik

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    Our son had an online writing teacher who sent a recommendation. He took three college math courses, so we had one of those teachers send a rec. As a home-schooling mom to a current Plebe, I recommend that you have each of your rec done by different people. The academy needs to see what people outside of your family think of your work. I did the Candidate Activities Record, but we found others to do the rest. Hopefully there have been many people who have been a part of your education that can help you out! Good luck!
     
  6. USNA Homeschool mom

    USNA Homeschool mom Parent of USNA MIDN 2014

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    Last summer we were in the midst of 4 applications, so I sometimes mix up which ones required which things. That being said, this is what I recall. I filled out the academic information about my son/student. The questionaire from USNA came via email (not the same account he uses) and I filled out the forms on-line. My son, who is also a Plebe this year :) had spoken with his current college instructors, who did not feel that they had yet had enough contact with him to fill out the lengthy form. (He took distance education classes at Northwestern College in St. Paul, MN.) The coach and community member forms were strong enough in scholastic reference that "a family member's" opinions were not considered to be unduly biased. If you are uncertain about any of the reporting for homeschoolers, call or email the admissions office with your questions. They are very helpful, but you need to be as professional in all your correspondence. I always refer to myself as my student's teacher and academic advisor. When you send in transcripts, they do want to have course descriptions, I also included a chart of the grading criteria. I would suggest that there is no such thing as overkill when representing your student's home education record. ---Back to the original question, if you have another teacher who has the credentials and experience to formally respond to the questions, then use them if they are willing. If not, do not hesitate to put yourself on your candidate's application. Be sure to use the comment section to explain your qualifications and curriculum as well as any other helpful history or data. (Count words, characters, and formulate your responses carefully, you are representing your candidate's education.) Best wishes.
    PS Hold your heads high, past homeschoolers are a strong part of our academies and are not looked down upon in the application process. A PM would be welcome.
     
  7. usafahopeful1

    usafahopeful1 Prospective Cadet 2017

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    Is there a way to substitute other community members (CAP Senior Members, Girl Scout leaders, sports coaches) for the chem/physics rec? My mom will be or has done both with me, and it would be great if I could use an Aerospace Officer or Cadet leader from CAP for the rec.
     

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