It’s a phrase I use in many of my talks and seminars. In case you missed it, let me explain what I mean by “Core 16”.
When homeschooling to college, it’s important to pay attention to admission requirements. Typically, admission requirements include having a minimum of these high school courses before even attempting to apply to a college or university:
- 4 math courses
- 4 English courses
- 3 science courses
- 3 social science courses
- 2 world language courses
That’s 16 courses. Thus, the “Core 16”.
Don’t high schoolers need even more credits than just these 16 classes? Yes, they do. There are physical education courses to take, fine arts credits to take, and electives to consider, too.
Shouldn’t students also aim to exceed the requirements in each of these areas, to increase their chances of getting accepted to selective colleges? By all means. More is always better.
I’ve written many articles about the Core 16, college admissions, and other high school requirements.
These links should guide you to anything else you may be searching for:
You’re also invited to work through my College Prep High Schooling Mini-Course HERE (focused lessons on every topic you can imagine) and my Common High School Fears Mini-Course HERE (addressing fears and debunking myths).
Dr. Marie-Claire Moreau is a college professor who traded in her tenure to become a homeschool mom 20+ years ago. A homeschooling pioneer and the founder of many groups and organizations, she works to advance home education, and is an outspoken supporter of education reform coast to coast. Her book, Suddenly Homeschooling: A Quick Start Guide to Legally Homeschool in Two Weeks, is industry-acclaimed as it illustrates how homeschooling can rescue children and families from the public school system, and how anyone can begin homeschooling within a limited time-frame, with no teaching background whatsoever. A writer, a homeschool leader, and a women’s life coach, Marie-Claire mentors in a variety of areas that impact health, education and lifestyle. A conference speaker, she has appeared at FPEA, H.E.R.I., Home Education Council of America, The Luminous Mind, Vintage Homeschool Moms, iHomeschool Network, and many other events. Her articles have appeared in and on Holistic Parenting, CONNECT,Homefires, Homemaking Cottage, Kiwi, Circle of Moms, and hundreds of sites and blogs nationwide. Marie-Claire can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.