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    Question Will universities acknowledge homeschool science?

    Is it possible for a homeschool to produce high school science that will be satisfactory to colleges and universities?
    My boys had biology, chemistry and physics at home, all with science labs, without any outside assistance from schools or co-ops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barryparker View Post
    Is it possible for a homeschool to produce high school science that will be satisfactory to colleges and universities?
    My boys had biology, chemistry and physics at home, all with science labs, without any outside assistance from schools or co-ops.
    All I can say is: It depends. Factors are obviously where they would be applying to, and what major they pick. For my daughter at U of Iowa studying liberal arts, home-based science classes with labs were fine.

    For my son, in computer science, we ran into admissions officers [I'm looking at YOU U of Illinois and U of Wisconsin!! ] who basically told us that home-based labs wouldn't count (even though I am a licensed high school science teacher by trade).

    So if your boys plan to go into a STEM field, they might require dual credit, for example. In either case, as the parent I would hold off throwing away any work they did--especially the labs. Have a course description ready in case admissions asks for it.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    My understanding is that if you encounter a school that's giving you problems, sometimes having good documentation - a full list of labs, supplies, the brand of the kit you used if you used one, even the lab book - can be useful. Though not always. As Inmom said, it really depends. Most people I've talked to have not had problems though. Are your kids planning to enter a STEM field or applying to elite schools? Anecdotally, it seems like people are more likely to have trouble with large public universities than with private schools.
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