No sooner than homeschool parents finish the Common Application School Report than they have to turn around and submit the next document, the Mid Year Report. This can basically be the student’s transcript updated with official mid year grades from the various venues. You will also be asked to include course descriptions. This can be the complete document of all the courses listed in the transcript (again) or it can be a highlight of the senior year courses with new information on classes that have begun in the spring semester.
While the Common Application does not give the option of more counselor comments, it is an easy thing to include an short Update section immediately following the transcript and before the course descriptions (all combined into a single pdf).
What could be included in this?
- Changes in projected classes
- New awards or honors
- Resolution of a health issue that was introduced in the application
- Significant new volunteer activity
- Progress made on a research project or business venture
- Comments from teachers or mentors that are different from the recommendation letter
Only include information if it is new and adds value to the application. We do not want any repetitions. Our goal is to spark an interest in our student’s application, not irritate admissions officers.
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