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About Denise Boiko
Denise Boiko and her husband, Ron, homeschooled both of their children from kindergarten through high school. With acceptances to multiple colleges, their daughter earned two biology degrees at Stanford University before going on to medical school, and their son chose the University of Southern California, earning an engineering degree.
Since then, Denise has successfully walked more than 150 homeschooled and traditionally schooled students through the college admissions process, with acceptances to universities such as MIT, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, UCLA, UC Berkeley, Duke, and Rice. As a speaker at homeschool workshops, and in one-on-one sessions, Denise loves to partner with homeschooling parents and lend a hand as they construct customized curricula, create credible transcripts, and craft compelling counselor letters.
Homeschooled & Headed for College was written to help other homeschoolers benefit from the many years of research and personal experience that facilitated the Boiko students’ admission into selective colleges.
With a degree in biology and a lifelong passion for writing, Denise has taught biology, composition, and literature since 2006 at a local homeschool academy and at other homeschool class sites. Since she seeks to make these subjects come alive, a classroom visitor might witness a mock-up of the Berlin Wall, an Ides of March party to conclude Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar, or a lively model of the cell’s plasma membrane, composed entirely of teenagers.
In her pockets of spare time, Denise enjoys making friends with neighborhood cats (especially black ones), baking lemon bars and peanut butter-oatmeal-chocolate chip cookies for the holidays, watching old Monk crime drama episodes, creating colorful quilts, meeting former students for coffee, and reading dozens of books while running on the treadmill or climbing the never-ending stepmill.
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Can homeschoolers successfully navigate the path to college?
The answer is an enthusiastic “Yes!”
If you love homeschooling but need a clear road map for the journey from high school to college, this is the book for you.
You’ll appreciate this practical, detailed guide that walks you step by step through the entire process—from the beginning of middle school to the day you give your college freshman one last goodbye hug.
Countless “how to” tips packed into 440 pages will relieve stress as you creatively design a high school program strong enough to stand up to even the most rigorous admissions process.
You’ll discover how to use the middle school years to jump-start your high school planning, how to create customized curricula, and how to find materials, support, and sources for courses—often in the most unlikely places!
You’ll gain confidence in keeping orderly records, calculating GPAs, and constructing professional-looking transcripts and portfolios.
You’ll thoroughly grasp the entire spectrum of college prep considerations:
- Locating or designing honors and advanced courses
- Seeking out leadership opportunities that provide fun, growth, and positive attention from admissions staff—even at highly selective universities
- Preparing your student for college entrance exams
- Helping your high schooler navigate community college courses
- Tackling college applications and coaching your student through personal statements
- Gathering insightful recommendation letters
- Scouting out scholarships
- Planning a gap year if your student desires a time of exploration
Best of all, you’ll learn how to leverage the #1 college admissions secret, for which homeschoolers are excellently positioned.
Packed with tips and advice based on years of meticulous research and personal experience, this expanded second edition of Homeschooled & Headed for College brings you insights from a veteran homeschooling parent who has successfully navigated the selective college path for her own children and has guided hundreds of other students through the college prep process.
Homeschooled & Headed for College maps out your itinerary so you can relax and enjoy the journey!
You’ll love this book, because the journey of a lifetime deserves a personalized GPS.
Grab a copy today to gain momentum for your own adventurous road trip.
She had often been tempted to play the matchmaker, but had never mustered up the courage. After all, these were college students, and she was their English professor. What if it didn’t work out? What if they found out that she was behind the scheme? It would have to be done with an abundance of caution and subtlety.
But in this case, the temptation was too perfect to resist.