Concerned about how prepared Unschoolers are for College, University, Trade Schools, Military, etc.? What about alternatives to traditional post-secondary education?
(If you’re looking for information on building a transcript see Record Keeping and Transcripts)
Actually, let’s back up a moment. In Texas, Unschoolers can earn college credit even before they graduate in a variety of ways. Not all of these options transfer well (or at all) to every post-secondary program. We strongly recommend you research the pros & cons of each to determine which, if any, are a good fit for your Unschooler and their goals. Specifically, contact the institution your child is interested in attending to be sure credits will transfer/be applied.
Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit
Many Unschoolers opt to take Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit classes via their local community college. If you are in-district many of the fees may be waived. Since the requirements/availability vary so widely – we recommend you contact your local Community College to learn more.
Do Colleges accept Unschoolers? Do Unschoolers do well in College? The answer is a resounding yes. You may find these links reassuring:
Kate & Molly Go To College by Ann Ledbetter/Life Learning Magazine
Unschoolers in College by Pam Sorooshian
Survey of Grown Unschoolers II: Going on to College by Peter Gray/Psychology Today
Unschoolers and College resources curated by Unschooling Mom2Mom
Is College the best option? Are there other alternatives?
What about College? by Pam Laricchia/Living Joyfully discusses how Unschoolers can successfully enter & complete College, but maybe that isn’t the best path for them.
College Considerations for Unschoolers is a compilation of stories and links curated by Sandra Dodd
11 Great Reasons to Skip College by Blake Boles
UnCollege founded by Dale Stephens