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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter -- August 2010

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HSLDA's Homeschooling Thru High School Newsletter
August 2010 -- Post-High School Selection Process
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Dear Friends,

For many families, August is the time to put those finishing touches
on plans for a new school year. If your teens are entering the junior
or senior years, be sure to schedule time to research the myriad of
schools and training options available after high school graduation.

It can be a daunting task to narrow down the possible institutions to
which your teen will apply. So to help you select a school that will
fit your teen, we would like to offer some suggestions.

General Parameters

The selection process becomes less intimidating if you take time to
list some major factors in priority order that are important to your
family. Your list of factors may differ, but as a possible starting
point, here are some items to think about.

Location

> How far from home do you want your teen to be?

> What type of transportation will be involved in getting your teen
back and forth from school (car, bus, train, plane, subway)?

> Is your teen best suited to a small town, urban area, inner city, or
rural area?

> If your teen intends to work part time while going to school, what
location provides for the best job opportunities?

On campus or online?

A major decision in choosing post-high school training will be whether
your teen will complete coursework in a classroom setting or through a
distance learning program. There are pros and cons to both approaches.
Taking courses online affords the opportunity to save money in room
and board. Some schools may have a policy that a certain number of
credits must be earned on campus in order to be awarded a certificate
or license from the school, so be sure to check this out with the
school.


Size of school

Each size of school has its advantages and disadvantages. Large
schools generally have a wide variety of training opportunities while
small schools tend to have smaller classes with teachers who are more
accessible. If your teen tends to gravitate to smaller settings, then
career training schools or community college classes would be a better
environment than large institutions.

Cost

For many parents, the cost of a school will be a determining factor.
However, financial aid is available for most post-high school
education and may be in the form of scholarships or grants, loans, or
work study programs. Aid can come from federal, state, local or school
sources as well as private organizations such as banks and credit
unions. Also look for scholarships through the organizations your teen
participated in during high school (4-H, Scouts, and more).

The most important financial aid form is the FAFSA (Free Application
for Federal Student Aid) and priority should be given to completing
this form. http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8749 In addition, contact
your individual state's department of education financial aid office
to inquire about sources of state aid.
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8750

Also, be sure to contact your school's financial aid office to ask
about any other financial aid forms specific to the school that are
required for institutional money.

More information on financial aid may be found on the HSLDA high
school wesbsite.

Newsletter Archives: "College Financial Aid"
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8751

More Financial Aid Information
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8752

Competition and Scholarship Awards
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8753

Career Testing

During the high school years, you may want to have your teen take a
career test to determine his strengths and weaknesses. The test
feedback may also suggest occupations that lend themselves to your
teen's interests and abilities. Some resources to help you get started
are listed on our high school website.

Personality/Aptitude/Career Tests
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8754

Career Resources
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8755

Prerequisites

If your teens know what career they wish to pursue, it will give them
time to investigate the training that will be necessary following high
school graduation. This will be advantageous to you in planning the
necessary course work they will need to complete in high school to be
ready for their next steps.

Accreditation

Some professions will require training from an accredited program or
school. If this is the case, you will want to investigate the
credibility of the school or training program and its accreditation
status. An accredited program will often lead to a certificate or
diploma and may be required for employment.

Certification or Licensing

For some careers, the employee will need to be certified or licensed
before being able to procure a job in a particular field. Evaluate the
process and requirements with your teen so she will be prepared to
complete them successfully.

On-the-Job Training or Classroom Setting

Will the training program include both of these ingredients? If not,
is one better suited to your teen than the other? Another aspect to
investigate is the length of training time required.

Gathering information on schools

With your parameters in hand, you are now ready to begin gathering
information about a potential school. One of the best ways to search
for colleges is to use these general search engines,
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8756 and
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8834

The internet is also a valuable tool to use. Your community college
may be another source since many provide vo-tech and career training
programs. They may have knowledge of other schools in your area.

Once you've narrowed down the list of schools, visit each school's
website. Most websites provide the email addresses of various
departments/personnel that you may contact with questions.

Onsite school visits (if applicable) are highly recommended. Visiting
a school lets your teens envision themselves there, gives them a
"feel" for the place, and allows all of you to talk to current
students. Be sure to take notes after each visit so that you'll be
able to distinguish the schools from one another.

Looking ahead to the next season in your teens' lives is an exciting
venture. With some prior discussions with your teens and a plan of
action, narrowing down the school and program will turn a daunting
task into a satisfying one.

Our September newsletter will provide words of encouragement as you
begin the new school year.

Hanging onto summer,
Becky Cooke & Diane Kummer
HSLDA High School Coordinators

Quote of the month:
A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is
blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.
-- James Dent

Homeschool Channel free videos:

Help My Homeschooled Highschooler with English (Becky)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8757

Are You Homeschooling Your High Schooler? (Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8758

College Prep (Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8759


Becky & Diane's Speaking Engagements:

> October 22, 2010--Map Your Future, Indianapolis, IN (Becky and
Diane) http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8760

> April 14-16, 2011--MACHE, MN (Becky and Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8761

> April 29-30, 2011--MassHOPE, MA (Diane)
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=8762

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