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Next Step for Home Schooling
Ground Broken in Va. for Planned College
    Plans to build the nation’s first college for students who have been home-schooled moved a step closer to reality yesterday, as the project’s organizers held a groundbreaking ceremony on a 44-acre site in western Loudoun County.
    Michael P. Farris, president of the Purcellville-based Home School Legal Defense Association, said Patrick Henry College will open in the fall of 2000 with about 100 students and expand to 600 students over the next decade. . .
    “This is an opportunity to take the home-schooling movement to the next level,” said Farris, addressing a crowd of about 300 that included Lt. Gov. John H. Hager (R), local politicians and potential students and their parents. “The home-schooling movement is coming of age. . . .”
    Several education analysts said the college likely will have no trouble drawing applicants from the estimated 1.5 million home-schooled students nationwide. . . .
    “They’re going to prolong this cocoon existence,” said Paul D. Houston, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. . . .
    But Lawrence M. Rudner, director of the Educational Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Assessment and Evaluation at the University of Maryland, said scholars will be drawn to Patrick Henry’s approach. . . .
    “The concept is attractive,” said Rudner . . . “When you have bright kids who are capable of doing independent studies, it’s a good recipe for success.”
    . . . Joanna DePree, 16, of Midland, Mich., put the college among her top three choices.
    “I like the idea that it’s a small school and it emphasizes the values and morals of our Founding Fathers,” said DePree, a home-schooler who just finished her junior year and plans to become a lawyer. But, she added, “it would be kind of scary being the first college for home-schoolers, because when you graduate from Harvard everybody says, ‘Wow!’ because they recognize it, but [Patrick Henry] isn’t widely known yet.”
    The name recognition issue doesn’t bother Kerry Medaris, 18, of Fairfax Station, who was taught at home for 12 years. She said she may turn down a $6,000 scholarship to George Mason University and accept an offer to work for a congressman for a year and then attend Patrick Henry when it opens.
    “I’m really excited about being able to go there,” Medaris said. “By us all being home-schoolers, we’ll have that common thread that will make us like one big family.”

— Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, June 26, 1999