Welcome to Homeschool Success!

Homeschool SuccessHomeschool Success helps families homeschool high school and plan for college admissions. Barbara Hettle is a veteran homeschooling parent and a certified college counselor. Her goal is to simplify the college admissions process for homeschooling families. She is able to help with all aspects of the process including: SAT and ACT tests, how to homeschool high school, transcripts, scholarships, considerations for students with disabilities, and understanding the college admissions process. Both personalized consulting and free resources are available.

Homeschool Success provides parents with the resources they need to be effective guidance counselors to their children. This process begins by helping parent understand what colleges expect from high school students. One free site resource is a printable PDF guide to college requirements for homeschoolers. It details three different college tracks including highly selective colleges. Parents will find the information they need to register their homeschooler for the ACT, SAT, AP, PSAT, and Sat subject tests.

The blog at Homeschool Success offers many articles. These articles offer expert information for parents who are considering homeschooling high school. Students can learn about most of college visits with careful planning. Other blog entries provide advice on college essays.  Help is also available in navigating financial aid and scholarship process. Homeschool graduates who are now enrolled in college can get tips on budgeting and success in college courses.

We also offer help to parents of homeschoolers with special needs. These special needs including autism, ADD and ADHD as well as other disabilities. These students face special considerations in homeschooling high school. During the college search they will need to look at disability offices and consider accommodations.

Thank you for exploring the information and resources available at Homeschool Success. It is our honor to be of service to the homeschooling community. Please feel free to contact us for further information.

Barbara Hettle, Founder of Homeschool Success




How to Build a Better Vocabulary

A well-developed vocabulary is an asset for any high school or college student. Vocabulary skills will help you communicate effectively and perform well on standardized exams, such as the ACT and SAT. Some students seem to naturally pick up vocabulary through reading, but others need to make a more concerted effort. Before we explore strategies …

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Highly Selective College Admissions for Homeschoolers

Is your homeschooler hoping to be admitted to a top ranked school such as Princeton, Columbia, Harvard, MIT, or Stanford? While there are homeschoolers and unschoolers who are successful in admissions to top colleges, including Ivy League colleges, homeschooling alone is not enough. Homeschoolers who are accepted to highly selective colleges typically have worked exceptionally …

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Tips for the Common Application Activities Section

Most college-bound students will complete the Common Application. One section of the 2014-2015 Common Application that confuses many students is the activities section. Demonstrating participation and accomplishment through extracurricular activities is essential for all college applicants. Extracurricular activities can take on a special importance for homeschoolers. Stereotypes about homeschoolers persist and activities are an opportunity …

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Questions to Ask College Disability Offices

Homeschoolers with disabilities should investigate disability offices during college visits.  While the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits discrimination against students with disabilities, it does not mandate that colleges provide services that will make students successful. Some colleges provide only the very minimum legally required, whereas other colleges have extensive services and supports available. If your …

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