Home Educated Students
You'll thrive here.
Christendom College encourages and welcomes applications from home educated students. In fact, each year, approximately 55-60% of the incoming students come from a home school background, and over the years, many of our top academic achievers have been home educated students.
Christendom College recognizes that your experience as a home schooled student will be somewhat different from students in traditional schools. The Admissions Committee will evaluate your academic record and non-academic interests and commitments within the context of your particular home school curriculum and experience.
We understand that for many home schooled students there is not as clear a distinction between academic and non-academic activities as there might be for students in a traditional high school. The more you can document for us and describe what you have done during your high school years, academically and otherwise, the better. Feel free to go beyond the questions on our application forms if they don't cover everything you think is important for us to know. For example, maybe provide a complete list of books that you have read during high school, or provide some writing samples (essays or papers you wrote for home school subjects) to better show your academic abilities to the Admissions Committee.
Christendom's Admissions Director, Mr. Tom McFadden, understands home schooling very well, because he and his wife home educate their 10 children. Always feel free to contact him with any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Home schooled students are drawn to Christendom for a number of reasons:
- Christendom's rigorous academic education, with a focus on the great works of Western Civilization, taught in the classical Scholastic method, and from a Catholic worldview
- Christendom's high standards of excellence in culture, including a Christ-centered living environment with rules and regulations governing how students live
- Christendom's emphasis on reading and writing throughout the entire curriculum
- Christendom's ability to help all of its students become leaders in society and for the Church through the many extra-curricular offerings on campus
Tips for home educated students interested in attending Christendom College:
Below are some tips addressing aspects of the application process that may be somewhat different for home schooled students. Before you begin preparing your application, we encourage you to review our publication.
It's most helpful if your academic and person letters of recommendation come from adults who can comment on your intellectual curiosity, academic preparation and promise, and extracurricular involvement. Some home schooled applicants ask a parent to complete the Academic Letter of Recommendation (which is fine), and they ask others who have known them in an academic context to complete additional Academic Letters of Recommendation. If you have taken any high school or college courses, or had a teacher other than a parent in a particular subject, we encourage you to ask those professors or teachers to write your teacher references.
Academic Preparation and Transcripts
In general, we look for students who have challenged themselves with rigorous study in a range of academic areas during their high school years, but the exact course of study varies among our successful applicants. Many home educated students have used a variety of established programs, such as Seton Homestudy, Mother of Divine Grace, or Kolbe Academy, while others have created their own curriculum, which is totally acceptable.
Please provide us with detailed information about the academic program you have pursued. You can do this best through the use of Christendom's Home School Transcript form, or feel free to use your own version. It is also important to include an outline of your high school curriculum and many home schooled students also send us a reading list of what they have completed during their high school years. If you have taken any courses at a school orcollege, please be sure to have official transcripts sent to Christendom's Admissions Office.
SAT and ACT
All applicants, including home schooled students, are expected to take the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT (without Writing). In addition, some prepare for and take Advanced Placement (AP) tests in subjects they have studied at an advanced level. Christendom takes up to 9 credits of AP credit. More about this may be found here.