My 19-year-old son, Eli, started attending the local community college when he was 17 years old in the fall of 2008. This past December, he earned his Associate in Science degree there. We chose the community college route for Eli for several reasons:
The first reason was so he wouldn’t have to take the ACT/SAT. His weakness is in English and anything related to it, and his strength is in math and science. Although he may have done fine as his math would have been high, though who knows with science based on the type of questions on the test, and he would have probably done average for English, we didn’t feel it would be as advantageous to go this route. Plus, his processing speed is slower, so having a timed test would have added pressure that wasn’t necessary.
The second reason was so he could take the English related requirements at the local community college for three reasons: the difficulty level would probably be less than a state or private college, he could have the support of his father and me in mentoring him in a way that works best for him, and he could take the courses on-line which works better for him in this area.
The third reason was that the private university he wants to attend will accept an Associate of Science degree from a community college as fulfilling their first two year core requirements. In this way, when he attends a larger and more difficult learning setting, it should mainly be in his strength areas of computer programming and math. I know, geek city, and he’s proud of it!
So, though this is just the first step for him (as he may take his education to a master’s level), Eli is officially my first “graduate” from a mass schooling institution.
Further, since I have Abbey’s transcript posted on my blog, I thought I would also share my transcript for Eli. In this way, you can see how unique each of the children are as it pertains to what their education looked like in our unschooling lifestyle.