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How do I list TPS on a college application?

Applying to U.S. colleges

If you are a U.S. student taking TPS courses (or some combination of on-line and local courses that you choose for yourself in managing your own academic plan), then you are legally “homeschooled” under the laws of your state.

If you are a non-U.S. student taking TPS courses, you may be homeschooled (if your nation’s laws permit it) or you may be using TPS as your “accredited diploma program” (if you are in the TPS diploma program). In all of these cases, for both U.S. and non-U.S. students applying to U.S. colleges using TPS courses, you should apply as a “homeschooled” or “home educated” student. On applications you should write “homeschooled” or “home educated” rather than listing TPS (or any other course providers) as your registered school of record. Listing a school implies that the school controlled all of your academic requirements, course selection and academic records, which is not true if you managed your own high school career (U.S. or non-U.S.).

When the application asks for information about your school, list your home address and write “Not applicable” in any blocks asking for class rank, size, or other related institutional data. If the application seems not to support your home school background, then ask the college how to fill out the application as a homeschooler (you may even be using the wrong application). Note that the “common app” can be filled out as a homeschooler. In filling out the forms, do not just list some school or enter some address of one of your local or on-line course providers, as this could lead to problems with the reviewers understanding and processing your application.

Your transcript that you send as part of your application is where you should list all your courses and their sources (e.g., TPS – The Potter’s School). You should also include grade records (accredited transcripts preferred, or at least signed grade reports) from your course providers. But you should not list any of those course providers as your school of record in the application.

If you receive a TPS accredited transcript or signed grade report, you may also request a “school profile” document from TPS to include with your transcript. This profile provides information about the rigor and scope of TPS courses and enhances your ranking. If you are a TPS diploma student, you may ask your TPS adviser for guidance with this process (but you should not list your TPS adviser as your “guidance counselor” on any application).

Here is more information about applying to college as a homeschooler.

Applying to non-U.S. colleges

Most non-U.S. colleges do not recognize home education (or “self-managed education”), so you will almost surely need an accredited transcript for all of your courses (TPS and non-TPS) for all four years of high school. You will also want to ask the college how to complete any parts of the application that do not apply to you. In filling out the forms, do not just list some school (including TPS) or enter some address of one of your local or on-line course providers, as this could lead to problems with the reviewers understanding and processing your application.

The exception to this is if you are a TPS diploma student applying to a non-U.S. college that does not recognize self-managed or home education. For TPS diploma students applying to non-U.S. colleges, TPS can act as your registered school for some parts of the process. Please consult with your TPS adviser for specific assistance.

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