Georgia Southwestern welcomes home schooled students. Our First Year Experience program along with our small school atmosphere is a perfect environment for home school students to continue their education. Students with a diploma from a regionally accredited home study program or a diploma from the Center of the Accrediting Council for Independent Study (Georgia only) will be given the same consideration for admission as a student from a public high school. Admission decision for home schooled students from other programs through non-accredited schools will be made based on the criteria below. Please print the packet with the checklist and other necessary forms.
Completed application with the $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
Official SAT or ACT scores - Home Educated students must take the SAT I or ACT and meet the minimum total score of the average combined score of the preceding year's enrolled Freshman class. The standard is a combined 1000 on Critical Reading and Math or an ACT composite of 22.
Official transcripts from any conventional public/private high school and colleges attended.
Letter from primary teacher and student certifying completion of high school and date of high school graduation.
Two Letters of recommendation from non-family members (Examples: Employers, Clergy, Civic Leaders, Tutors)
Copy of current Declaration of Intent to Home School as filed with local Board of Education.
Transcript detailing courses taken or in progress, grade achieved, and year taken. If a transcript is not available, please complete the Home School Required High School Curriculum Credit Evaluation Form.
- In lieu of a transcript from a properly accredited high school, Home School applicants and applicants from non-accredited high schools must present to the office of admissions an academic portfolio detailing all 17 required high school curriculum courses in the subject areas of English, Math, Science, Social Science, and Foreign Language. An academic portfolio can best be described as examples of student work for each of the required high school curriculum courses. Please list the course on each example of work. The following items should be included:
● Mathematics: Four units including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, and a math higher than Algebra II.
● English: Four units of English which have as their emphasis grammar and usage, literature, and advanced composition skills.
● Science: Four units of science. Students need at least one laboratory course from the life sciences and one laboratory course from the physical sciences.
● Social Science: Three units of social science, with at least one course focusing on United States studies and one course focusing on world studies.
● Foreign Language: Two units of the same foreign language emphasizing speaking, writing, listening, and reading. Two units of American Sign Language may also be used.