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At Louisiana College, we understand planning really begins long before ninth grade. High school is an exciting time for students and parents, but it can also seem overwhelming. Unfortunately, most homeschooling families do not have access to critical information to help make the journey easier. Louisiana College would like to make this transition smoother for families who need answers to questions and a little help along the way. Use this site as a guide to your transition from homeschool student to Louisiana College graduate.

Prior to 9th Grade

Parents and students should consider looking ahead and planning a four-year high school class schedule and extracurricular schedule that will serve as a foundation for applying to college. Refer to Louisiana Department of Education for specific recommendations.

9th Grade

  • Register with the State Approved Home Study program to qualify for TOPS (LA Residents).
  • Take challenging core academic courses
  • Identify fields of interest
  • Start a list of awards and achievements, as well as volunteer activities
  • Complete 9th grade transcript at end of year

10th Grade

  • Register with the State Approved Home Study program to qualify for TOPS (LA Residents).
  • Take challenging core academic courses
  • Research career opportunities, colleges, financial aid resources
  • Find and use practice material for ACT exam
  • Update list of awards and achievements, as well as volunteer activities
  • Complete 10th grade transcript at end of year

11th Grade

  • Register with the State Approved Home Study program to qualify for TOPS (LA Residents). This must be done each school year until graduation from high school.
  • Take challenging core academic courses
  • Take Dual Enrollment courses online or on a college campus
  • Take campus tours, attend Preview Day events, talk to college students, etc.
  • Take ACT exam
  • Update list of awards and achievements, as well as volunteer activities
  • Complete 11th grade transcript at end of year

12th Grade

  • Register with the State Approved Home Study program to qualify for TOPS (LA Residents). This must be done each school year until graduation from high school.
  • Take challenging core academic courses
  • Take Dual Enrollment courses online or on a college campus
  • Submit admissions and scholarship applications to colleges
  • Apply for Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA)
  • Complete high school transcript

College Prep

Prospective students are best served if they have taken a sequence of college prep courses such as are outlined in the TOPS Core 4 curriculum.

It is strongly recommended that students have the minimum following course foundation:

  • 4 years of English (Literature/ Grammar)
  • 4 years of Math (Algebra 1, Algebra II, Geometry, one other upper-level math)
  • 4 years of Science (Biology, Chemistry, and at least one other upper-level science)
  • 2 years of Foreign Language (two years of study in the same language)
  • 1 year of fine arts (music, art, theatre)

ACT

Since the ACT is part of the Admission process here at Louisiana College, we encourage all students to take the ACT in their junior year, if not earlier, to see where you are academically. LC will only accept the highest composite score, and you can take it as many times as you like. Find ACT testing dates.

CLT

For homeschooled applicants not utilizing Louisiana's TOPS award, Louisiana College accepts the Classic Learning Test, or CLT.
Read HERE for more info.

What's Next?

Contact Homeschool Admissions

Step 1 - Contact Us

As the Homeschool Admissions Counselor, I understand the challenges of preparing students for high school and college, and it is my goal to help students and families navigate all the transitions. I know Louisiana state homeschooling laws, eligibility for TOPS, college admission requirements, and so much more. I look forward to sharing with you all the resources I have and the many reasons why I love Louisiana College. Reagan Watkins, Homeschool Admissions Counselor 800.487.1906 or 318.487.7326 reagan.watkins@lacollege.edu

What's Next?

Visit Campus

Step 2 - Visit Campus!

Visiting the Louisiana College campus in person is the best way to decide if we are a great match for you. Experience the spirit of Louisiana College! Schedule your campus visit.

Homeschool Application

Step 3 - Apply Online!

At Louisiana College we welcome and encourage applications from students who have been homeschooled. Louisiana residents who are registered with the Louisiana Department of Education State Approved (BESE) Home Study program must meet the same requirements of other state approved schools. 1) Submit your application to find out if you qualify for admissions and are eligible for our merit scholarship program. 2) Submit your non-refundable $25 application fee. 3) Submit a high school transcript 4) Have your official ACT score report sent directly to the Louisiana College Admissions Office (ACT Code: 1586) 5) For homeschooled students who are non-accredited, or have registered under the Private School option, you must also have your HiSET (GED) transcripts sent from the appropriate testing authority.