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    Do your children have plans to go on to college after high school?

    All of my children will go on to college or some sort of technical school to further their education. My oldest is wrapping up her freshman year at our local university. She was homeschooled for 12 of her 13 school years with me. She's doing great! And we are paying half the university price since she chose to attend a regional campus instead of the main campus.

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    I have a 9 year old, who knows what he will do.

    It is weird for me to say because college is an important part of my life. I went to grad school and I teach at a college. He has been a part of that culture for a long time since he went to the college preschool and he goes to events at the college.

    But he is his own person and I am glad for it.

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    Both are in college now. DD homeschooled for 10 years, DS for 11 years. Both are on dean's lists and have scholarships.

    While in high school they took dual credit classes at a satellite campus of a Big 10 university, usually for half price. DD ended up transferring an entire year of credits, mostly general education requirements, to U of Iowa. DS had two years of credit, all of which transferred. They will both go for four years at their "away" college, but DD will triple major, while DS will have his CS major (with 3 concentrations) with 2 or 3 minors.

    I don't think they are unusually bright. I think their success is attributable to homeschooling--having time to pursue passions, "trying out" college before they went away to school, and learning to schedule their time in ways that some ps kids don't figure out. They also love to learn.

    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

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    I havent planned out my kids lives that far yet.
    I hope both my boys will live fulfilling lives once they leave the house, whether a bachelors+ degree is a part of that. I cant say.

    College seems a great way to rack up debt, and brings with it no guarantee of income or happiness. Im trying to break free of the stereotypes I was raised with, that anyone worth anything got a degree.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Of course, it is way far off for my kids and me to be thinking of college, but....

    For our 2 NT kids, we (DH and I) think that finishing college is a bare minimum, we will push them on to some kind of graduate/professional school.

    For our SN kid, we do not know where her abilities and problems will take her. Will have to stay creative with her life path.

    Therefore, I voted 'other'.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    One of mine would love to get into a young company or dance somehow post-high school. I am honestly dubious that that will be in the cards for him, but if he can make it happen somehow, it would be amazing. College can happen later if it must. Your body can only do the splits and lift the young women for so long...

    In general, they're only in 7th grade. I'd like them to take a gap year at least. And then I don't mind if they end up with other life plans for awhile. I think our society has unfortunately made college pretty inescapable, but I also think it's okay for take some time off before going.
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    My nine year old does not want the kind of soul crushing student loan debt his sister lives with and he promised me he won't go into the military the way his brother did.

    Who knows what's actually going to happen but right now he plans to get a job that doesn't suck the life out of him, have hobbies, get married, and have kids and pets.

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    I voted other because I have no idea. DS says he wants to live with me forever.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Like inmom, both of my kids are now in college. My daughter is struggling a bit and my son is doing fine. I think the time they spent homeschooling (we only homeschooled for part of their education) definitely was beneficial for their learning though.

    ETA: Neither one of them is very clear about what they would like to do AFTER college though. My daughter has (in her freshman year) changed her major several times, and my son (a sophomore) has already changed his twice.

    Oh well, we all do what we can not to think about life...They will figure it out.
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    Before I was a parent I would have picked "YES" with out even thinking twice... and until DS1 hit 10th grade I would have said "YES" but he burned out in high school and has not signed up for any classes after high school (he registered at a local school but never signed up for a class). I'm not sure he will ever go and though (at first) I was disappointed, he has a job (with a GREAT company) that may lead to a career and he may not need college... It comes down to its his life and he is his own person. He takes care of his own bills (mostly... he still eats at home for free but health/car insurance, gas, rent, parking, phone, even contributing to his 401K he takes care of). With that said... because I have that experience under my belt I have to say I don't know/other. If I had to guess I would say the dudes will go because they love learning like no kids I have ever seen... if that love stays with them, then yes they will go...

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

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