The information below will help to answer any questions you may have regarding homeschooling high schoolers, including college preparatory information, timelines, and TOPS availability to homeschoolers. Please scroll down to the bottom of the page to browse through various links we hope will be helpful to you.
Before beginning high school:
- Visit LOSFA (The Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance) for information regarding financial aid.
- Check the requirements for colleges your child may be interested in. Most Louisiana colleges use the TOPS (Core Curriculum).
- Encourage students to make the best grades that they can. Higher GPA helps with scholarships.
- Be sure to keep track of classes and grades in order to put together a transcript. See Sample transcripts at the following websites: HSLDA, Donna Young Forms, and OK Homeschool.
Be sure to register your student under the home study plan beginning in the 10th grade to be eligible for TOPS (http://www.doe.state.la.us/lde/eia/1650.html).
Work on ACT prep. Take ACT as needed. Higher ACT scores can mean more money from TOPS and other college scholarships. “TOPS (TOPS Information):http://www.osfa.state.la.us/schgrt6.htm.ACT scores are also often used for placement in college classes for math and English, and high scores can even earn credit in those areas at some colleges.
Take ACT. Repeat until satisfied with score.
Take PSAT to be considered to be considered for National Merit Scholarshipss. (It can also be taken in 10th grade, but will only be considered for National Merit Scholarships when taken in 11th grade.) Contact the guidance counselor of a local high school in August to make arrangements. The test is given in October of each year.
Narrow down college choices and research choices thoroughly, especially focusing on deadlines, test requirements, and admission requirements.
Many colleges have preview days for high school juniors and seniors. Check those out and go visit.
Take ACT again, if necessary. Some colleges have application deadlines as early as December to be eligible for scholarships, so make sure you allow plenty of time to get ACT results before the deadline.
Begin applying to chosen colleges. Be aware of deadlines for applications.
As soon as possible after January 1st of the senior year, file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid to apply for TOPS and other federal student aid.
Watch for college preview days and visit if you have not already done so.
- University admission dependent on ACT score
- Scholarships determined by ACT score
- TOPS dependent on ACT score
- Library gives practice ACT through Sylvan Learning Center – get information from library – register in May, and practice tests also available at Sylvan learning Center in the winter.
- ACT scores required for homeschoolers
- 22 (Opportunity – ~$1350/semester)
- 24 (Performance – ~$1550/semester)
- 28 (Honors – ~$1750/semester)
- Scores and amounts subject to change annually
- Qualifier for National Merit Scholarship consideration when taken in the 11th grade
- Register through guidance counselor of local high school – a fee may be charged
- See National Merit Scholarships for more information on National Merit Scholarships
Convenient Links for High School Resources:
None of the following websites are endorsed by CCHSA. These are listed merely as an option for you to find more information.