The IUPUI SPAN Division can help families who are homeschooling their children. We understand that there are many reasons for deciding to homeschool and that each student’s situation is different. Whatever your reason, we will work with you. Since 1984, SPAN has served hundreds of homeschooled students, and it has been a great fit. The SPAN Division boasts a 100% success rate in transferring college credits earned by SPAN students to state colleges and universities.
The SPAN Division offers high school students the opportunity to:
- Earn high school and college credits simultaneously (dual credit)
- Get an early start on a college degree
- Explore over 350 majors offered at the IUPUI campus
Currently, over 40% of our SPAN student population is comprised of homeschooled students! Our home-educated students have performed exceedingly well and are by far our top academic achievers.
Imagine the prestige that will be added to your college application when you attach both your high school transcript and your college transcript from IUPUI. The SPAN Division boasts a 100% success rate in transferring college credits earned by SPAN students to state colleges and universities.
How to Apply
Acceptance into the accelerated college immersion programs is based upon self-motivation, courses already completed, and the curriculum used—thanks to a special arrangement with the IUPUI Office of Undergraduate Admissions. The successful applicant should be working at an accelerated rate when compared to a public school student counterpart. Please note that homeschooled students are not required to have SAT, PSAT, ACT, or PLAN scores for entrance into our programs. However, an ACT or SAT test score would be helpful in assessing a student’s strengths and weaknesses and in planning future coursework.
To apply, simply complete the SPAN application (parent will sign under the School Endorsement section). Also provide the following items:
- Brief letter written by the student about why SPAN participation would be beneficial to his or her education.
- Brief letter written by the parent(s) or educator confirming that they believe the high school student would meet the academic rigors of college coursework and that the student has their support and endorsement. Please be sure to include information on the student’s participation in any other academically gifted programs or other information that may prove beneficial to our admissions personnel, such as awards and extracurricular activities.
- High school transcript—creating a high school transcript is easy. Please itemize each course completed by academic year. Provide the grade earned in the course. If the title does not make it clear as to subject content, please include a brief description of the course. For example, we understand what first-year algebra will cover in content, but we will not know what first-year integrated mathematics entails. In addition, please state when the student will complete all required courses. Then sign the transcript as the homeschool educator. We consider that transcript as official.
- Curriculum, author, and textbook used for each course.
Many homeschool parents purchase curriculum for their homeschool. Since IUPUI offers many of the same classes, if your student is ready, why not maximize your investment by utilizing SPAN's accelerated college immersion programs? Your tuition dollars could be deductible on your taxes (consult your tax professional), and your student would benefit from the dual enrollment. Keep in mind that as a dual enrollment student (enrolled in high school and college), every college class your child takes can satisfy both high school requirements AND college degree programs (B.A. or B.S. programs).
Some courses are designed specifically to fill the gap left between high school and college. It is not unusual for high school students to have graduated and still not test to the level required for all college-level work. To fill this curriculum gap, IUPUI has a small group of classes designed for high school material, but taught at the college. Most homeschool students test far above this level even though they are early college entrants. However, if a student is ready in other academic ways to be on the college campus full time, these classes can be used to fill in the gap created by a subject a student has difficulty grasping.
It is not unusual for a student to have subjects they are particularly gifted in and another subject they find difficult. These basic skills courses can fill the gap while allowing the students to maximize their strengths.
Proof of grades: It is a good idea to maintain the transcripts and materials (all written tests, quizzes, and other supporting material, including workbooks) to verify your child’s high school courses. In case there should ever be a question about the completion of a course or a final grade, a written record would support your position. Keep in mind that as a dual enrollment student (enrolled in high school and college), every college class your child takes can satisfy both high school requirements AND college degree programs (B.A. or B.S. programs).
A brief letter written by the parent/educator should contain your recommendation for the program, endorsement of skill level, and participation in other gifted or academic programs. Other important information may include awards and extracurricular activities.
IUPUI has everything available for the SPAN early college participant to complete the Core 40 high school diploma while simultaneously completing the freshman and sophomore years of college in any degree program except for geometry. Although geometry is not a prerequisite for any math class through Algebra III and Trigonometry (MATH 15400), it is required for the Core 40 diploma. To meet this requirement, there are several options available. For more information, please contact Asha McCauley or Dr. Russell at (317) 274-0382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.