Home schoolers

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  1. bsa07eagle

    bsa07eagle Member

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    Hey guys

    I have a couple questions about the Candidate Kit, particularly on how a home schooler can complete the forms. I have taken college classes at a local college for my Junior and Senior years, I'm not sure how to septate my transcripts into College (11-12) and Homeschoolint (K-10). The Kit seems to be set for traditionally schooled students, I just can't figure out how to translate it to my education. The admissions site says that Homeschoolers have equal chances, but it seems like it is a bit more difficult for us.

    I hope you guys don't mind my questions (I will try not to blast the seniors this time lol).

    Thanks
     
  2. Christcorp

    Christcorp Member

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    You don't actually do anything with your "Transcripts". You simply go to your schools; whether they be "John Adams High School" or "Johnson County Community College" or "University of Texas"; and you have them send your transcripts to the academy at the directions/address the kit tells you. It's not like "YOU" get the transcripts and send them to the academy. The academy will know what to do with the transcripts. So; your mom or dad (Whoever is your Home School Teacher) will send in the transcripts for the classes you were home schooled with; and the college will send the transcripts for the classes you took with them. The academy knows how old you are and are very good at putting 2 and 2 together to EQUAL 5.
     
  3. PA Twin Mom

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    Good Day! My daughter is currently a Basic Cadet in the class of 2013 at USAFA. She was home schooled. She also took college classes her senior year through a Pennsylvanin Cyber Charter School. (she received a "state issued" deploma) The last post was correct. Your parents should send their transcript to where the packet says and so should the college. Home school students do have the same chance as traditional students. The thing that can be difficult for home educated students is the need to show leadership ability and sports participation. Home educated students in PA were prohibited from participating in athletics in many schools up until about four years ago which meant that many didn't get to play even after the law changed because the teams were pretty much set and positions on the teams were locked. Our daughter had participated as a camp counselor, substitute teacher for co-op, traveled abroad, had excellent SAT scores which all gave her an edge. She also presented herself very confidently. She entered the academy at age 19 which was a year after her graduation. They expected her to continue taking classes at a local college. (this helped her bring up her math scores on her SAT also) Her acceptance was conditional until they got her last updated transcript of grades from her spring semester at the community college (she only took 2 classes the last semester). Her pursuit of an appointment was solely her responsibility. She did her application on her own and scheduled everything herself. Her father and I answered questions when necessary, but she did the leg work.

    When we were at orientation (the third of three) in April, we met at least three other new appointees who had been educated at home. We also met an upperclassman who had been homeschooled.

    I hope this helps...if I can help in any other way, let me know. :)
     
  4. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    PA_Twin_Mom: did I sit next to you at Red Robin for awhile?
     
  5. PA Twin Mom

    PA Twin Mom Parent

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    Yes, you did...I hesitated to message you because I wasn't sure if you might be one of the cadets who would be a cadre. I don't want to interfere in any way. I did receive a letter from Rachel (Mikil- on here). She sounded upbeat and said the days are long and nights are short. She knew what to expect going in and I think that made a world of difference for her. I really appreciate you cadets who reached out to the new appointees and to us parents...it was a HUGE blessing. Thanks! :smile:
     
  6. hornetguy

    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    My suspicions were correct then! :smile: Glad to hear she is doing well. None of us that attended the dinner would treat anyone differently. I think a couple of the others (eagle/GroogWaugh/raimius) have CC/SAFs in their flights, but they don't notice/behave differently. Our priorities lie in more important places. :wink:

    I am hoping those that participated in the dinners and post here have a leg-up. That's our purpose for helping; more information makes for a better decision and expectations.
     
  7. PA Twin Mom

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    Thanks for the response. I do appreciate all you have done by way of participating in the forums. I think the USAFA is going to be great abd a good fit for Rachel. Hope you have a great 4th!
    Blessings,
    S. Allison
     
  8. raimius

    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    Yep. I had a CCer in my element last year. I didn't really even realize it until shortly before Recognition. I refuse to treat people differently because of the fact they are on this site (at least negatively).
     
  9. PA Twin Mom

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    I really appreciate that about you cadets. I wasn't insinuating that you would. With me being a parent new to this and hearing about all the things BC's can get busted on for, I wasn't taking any chances on drawing attention to her. I know she can hold her own and will do fine...like I said earlier, the help provided through this and other forums was so very helpful to her in her prep time.

    I hope you had a nice 4th of July and that your weekend is very good.

    :smile:
     
  10. fencersmother

    fencersmother Founding Member

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    Hi all,

    The fencing twins were homeschooled too except that we too took the PA Cyber option (also available in Ohio - under BOSS). They both had transcripts from homeschooling, cyber schooling, and two local universities. Other than actually collecting and requesting all that info (plus the $$$ for the college transcripts should they require that), there were no questions at all from the AFA. They know what to do with all that stuff even if we don't!

    I remember meeting a certain Hornet at a dinner during Orientation a year + ago.
     

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