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Homeschooled Students

Simon’s Rock welcomes applications from homeschooled students. We appreciate the unique qualities they bring to our campus.

Homeschooled students demonstrate the initiative, love of learning, and active engagement in their own educational process that characterize our campus culture. You’ll find other self-motivated students and the support you’ll need to adapt and succeed at Simon’s Rock.

Homeschool Application Guidelines

We look forward to learning about your academic talents and your unconventional academic paths. As part of the Simon’s Rock evaluation process, homeschooled applicants are asked to follow regular application procedures. This process begins by completing your online Common Application and the two Simon’s Rock writing supplements. Please follow our application guidelines on our “How to Apply" page.

Transcripts & Curricular Information

Please provide official transcripts for any courses completed (online or in-person) at any educational entity. Educational entities include homeschool umbrella programs, high schools, and accredited colleges or universities.

When official transcripts are unavailable for any part of your high school curriculum, we request the following information:

  • A detailed outline of the homeschool curriculum, including subject areas studied, level of instruction, time spent on each discipline, texts read, work produced, and assessment of performance or grade.
  • A short narrative summarizing your instruction for the most recent years. The summary should be written by the person, other than yourself, responsible for your overall academic program.
  • Optional: You may submit a comprehensive list of the books you have read during the high school years outside of your formal homeschool curriculum.


Please submit two recommendations written by non-family adults. We prefer two academic references. If this is not possible, recommendations should come from people who know you as a student and person and who have worked with you in a teaching and learning setting. This includes music or art instructors, athletic coaches, clergy, or job supervisors. You are also welcome to submit a third recommendation written by a parent or guardian.

Submitting Additional Work & Scores (Optional)

Homeschooled students may wish to submit additional writing samples beyond the required application essays. This can help to demonstrate the breadth and depth of the student’s knowledge and thinking in particular subject areas. Please submit this work to

While we do not require applicants to submit standardized test scores, we strongly encourage homeschooled students to submit scores from any standardized test they have taken—e.g. AP, IB, ACT, PLAN, PSAT, SAT, or SAT Subject Tests. Our codes are as follows: SAT/PSAT/AP 3795; ACT/PLAN 1893