I homeschooled my daughter throughout high school, and she’s applying to universities now. I would like to know more about what counts as extracurricular activities. For example, my daughter has been helping out at local religious associations since she was a kid. She has also spent many hours tutoring here on Yahoo!
, mostly in the fields of math, physics, and chemistry. In addition, she used to teach computer skills to and provide interpretation service for some immigrants in our community with poor command of English. Do those things count as extracurriculars or community service? Also, I’m wondering when to put down as her “graduation” date. She completed all high school requirements when she was about 11. Afterwards, I taught her college courses (calculus, chemistry, physics, differential equations). I intend to continue teaching her such courses until she enters college, so when is her “graduation”?
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First extra curricular activities. Any of the activities that are outside the home would be considered extracurricular activities. Providing interpretation services and helping out with the religious associations would definitely count. Answering questions on Y!A would not.
Next the graduation date. I would consider graduation when she begins (physically) going to a college or university. I would include the college level courses on calculus, physics, etc on the high school transcript. That’s because those courses are often offered in high school, either as an AP course, or as high school level courses. Many students (both schooled and homeschooled) take them as “dual-enrollment” courses. High school and college at the same time, before high school graduation. It would be a good idea for her to take the AP exams, as colleges won’t count courses taught by you at home for college credit, unless she passes those exams. CLEP exams will also give her college credits. It would also be a very good idea for her to do a few courses at the community college level as “dual-enrollment”. A lot of the most competitive universities “highly suggest” that for homeschooled students, as it gives them a way to see how they’ll do in a traditional college environment.
Sounds like she is achieving a lot. 🙂
First: ANSWERING QUESTIONS ON YAHOO DOES NOT COUNT AS ANYTHING IN A COLLEGE’S EYES.
Second: Helping translate and working at a church are both volunteer activities. Extracurricular are things like clubs, sports, things of that nature.
Graduation date? Well, when will you stop teaching her?