Unschooling is an educational philosophy that gives kids a lot of ownership over their education. Instead of structured lessons, activities are used to help kids learn naturally. Many people advocate this system because it can work out very well.
But many colleges still require testing and a traditional high school transcript for admittance. Since your child was allowed to concentrate on his or her interests, he may not have applied himself to every type of topic that colleges require.
He might also lack the “piece of paper” that some selective universities require. But unschooling and college go together quite well if you take the right approach.
Not all colleges are so rigid. These schools may simply place kids depending upon their performance on placement tests. You can find colleges with open admissions policies. Every student can get accepted, but not every student can take every class without required prerequisites.
How Do Open Admissions Work?
A good placement test score in traditional subjects like English and Math might be enough to get them accepted and placed into college level classes.
A poor score might send them to a developmental class that will get them ready for college classes. A lot of these developmental classes are fairly self-directed, so your unschooled child should be able to breeze through them without much trouble.
You should not take this placement as a negative comment on your educational tactics. Many kids graduate from traditional high schools, and they still need to take developmental classes.
Things To Understand About How Unschooling and College Go Together
— You might need to begin your child’s college career at a college with an open admissions policy.
— You might be happy to see that your child will be placed ahead in those topics that he or she has really favored.
— But he may need to take some catch-up classes in topics he has not been as attentive to.
Unschooling and college go together very well if this child has given your child the lifelong love of learning and drive that this method should develop.
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