Non-Accredited Home Schooled Student Admissions Policy
According to the policies of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia, an applicant whose SAT I combined (Verbal + Mathematics) score is at or above the average SAT I score of the previous year's fall semester first-time freshman admitted to the USG institution to which he or she is applying and who has completed the equivalent of each of the CPC areas as documented by a portfolio of work and/or other evidence that substantiates CPC completion qualifies for consideration for admission.
The following items are necessary to complete an admissions file for Non-Accredited Home Schooled applicants to Georgia Highlands College:
- The GHC application and $20 Non-refundable application processing fee
- The GHC Certificate of Immunization
- Official SAT or ACT scores sent to GHC directly from the testing agency:
◦ For Fall Semester 2006, the Georgia Highlands College average freshman total SAT score was 900. The equivalent ACT Composite score is 18.
◦ In addition, applicants must meet the minimum required SAT verbal score of 330 and minimum SAT math score of 310. The ACT minimum equivalent scores are English- 12 and math- 14.
- Official transcripts from any conventional public/private high school and colleges attended with at least a 2.0 grade point average in College Preparatory Curriculum
- Completed Home School CPC Evaluation Form
- Home school applicants must present to the Office of Admissions an Academic Portfolio detailing all 16 required college prep courses in the subject areas of English, math, natural science, social science, and foreign language. Courses in progress should be so noted.
- An Academic Portfolio must include the following information:
Complete course title, Length of time of course, date completed/will complete
Course description, course syllabus
Primary teacher/instructor for course and education credentials
Once all application materials received in the Office of Admissions, the home school applicant’s Academic Portfolio is forwarded to the GHC Admissions Committee. The Committee will review each portfolio to determine if the applicant has fulfilled the college prep course requirements. Please allow four weeks for the Committee to complete its review. Upon completion of the committee’s review, the Office of Admissions will send in written notification to the applicant his/her admissions status.
Accrediting Organizations for Home Schooled Applicants
Georgia Highlands College accepts Home School credit from institutions and curriculum providers that are accredited by the following organizations:
The Accrediting Commission
for Independent Study, Inc.
P.O. box 909
Roswell, Georgia 30263
Association of Christian Schools International
P.O. Box 1537
Snellville, GA 30075
CompuHigh (Whitmore School)
515 Wilson Ave.
Morgantown, WV 26501
Accredited by SACS
1- 866-859-0777 (toll free)
GeorgiaAccrediting Commission, Inc.
GeorgiaAssociation of Christian Schools
3375 Milledge Avenue
Athens, GA 30605
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
1866 Southern Lane
Decatur, GA 30033
The Georgia Private School Accrediting Commission
Please refer to the web site for The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (www.sacscoc.org) for a listing of acceptable national accrediting associations.
The curriculum must be regionally accredited for GHC to accept it.
Hope Scholarship Information
Requesting Retroactive HOPE Home School Reimbursement
Students who completed a non-accredited Home Study program in 1997 or later and are requesting HOPE home school reimbursement must be HOPE eligible at the 30th attempted hour and have a current financial aid file (FAFSA or E-HOPE) on file. All other HOPE eligibility requirements must be met.
Required documents must be submitted to the Office of Student Financial Aid (OSFA):
- Signed letter from student requesting HOPE home school reimbursement.
- Home school academic transcript.
- Intent to Home School document from student’s county Superintendents office (Declaration of Intent to Home School).
- Official Georgia Highlands College Academic Transcript. (If you attended other colleges or universities prior to GHC for the first 30 semester hours, you must submit an official academic transcript to the OFSA).
For additional questions about the HOPE scholarship, please contact the GHC OSFA at (706) 295-6311 or the Georgia Student Finance Commission at www.gacollege411.org.