Provide colleges with the information they need! Going beyond the transcript can improve your chance of earning scholarships. A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more if you expect them to give you scholarship money. They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records.
Work Samples: Yummy Dessert of Comprehensive Records
Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.
I provided three writing samples with our comprehensive homeschool records. I tried to choose a variety of writing styles; research, fiction, and poetry. They were also writing samples that I knew were good. My children had submitted their writing to essay competitions to win scholarship money. When my children won scholarship funds, I knew the essay was good and included that piece of work.
In addition, I kept a sample of work for every class on the transcript. I didn’t submit them to colleges with the application package (they didn’t want documentation of four years of PE). Instead, I made a note on each course description, “written work is available upon request.” If colleges asked me for something, I was able to give it to them.
I was asked for some additional work samples. One college requested a “graded” English paper (presumably with some red marks on it) and math work in the student’s handwriting. Another college wanted to see a science lab report.
Be prepared. It’s impossible to guess what records colleges may ask for. Instead of worrying about it, try to keep a few representative samples from each class. Then you’ll be prepared
How do you choose which work samples to keep? Please share!
Please note: This post was originally published in August 2013 and has been revamped and updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.