Homeschooling in Highschool & University Admissions Information

One of the questions I’m asked the most is if I’m planning to keep homeschooling through high school. I think most people wonder if students homeschooled through high school and don’t have the official diploma can actually go to University.

Well, have no fear! Sarah is here!

Sarah Rainsberger calls herself the “homeschool guidance/university admissions counselor.” She has spent countless hours learning the ins and outs of post-secondary admissions – specifically for homeschoolers. Generously, she has compiled all her information and knowledge together in a couple of websites.

I have to quote her here:

“There’s nothing wrong with going to high school, earning a high school diploma and applying to university in the traditional way.  But what if you knew you that was just one possible path you could choose?  That’s right, choose. We’re not used to thinking of  high school as a choice,  but it is. It’s simply a choice that’s often made for us because we don’t know we have options.”

Ready to learn about your choices?

High School & University – This is a Canada-wide website. There is SO much information here. Lists of open and distance universities, how to get into university for many different groups (homeschoolers, university transfers, international, open universities, and more). She’s provided detailed information specifically for homeschooling families in Canada to understand what we need to do and how to help our kids pursue a post-secondary education. – Focused on Ontario, this website has LOTS of great information for anyone planning to educate their kids at home past Grade 8. A huge list of FAQs about homeschooling for highschool, how to get into university as a homeschooler, and a huge package that you can print out.

Thank you so much Sarah for all your amazing hardwork for us here in the alternative education world!

11 thoughts on “Homeschooling in Highschool & University Admissions Information”

    1. Alyson Belanger

      Dear Sarah,

      My 16 year old daughter is perusing homeschooling for her last two years of high school (grade 11 and 12)

      She wants to follow an online programme with teacher assist.

      I have looked online a bit and asked around but can’t seem to find an online programme with Canadian content.

      Can you point me in the right direction? I have found many online schools but most seem geared to American learning.

      Any info would help, we live on Promce Edward Island.

      Thanks kindly, alyson Belanger

      1. Sarah Rainsberger

        Hi Alyson,

        Since this isn’t my website, I usually won’t see questions posted here. If you email me from one of my websites ( or ) then I’d be happy to get some more information from you and answer any questions.

        I do know of a few Ontario-based programs that are probably what you’re looking for, but I’d want to know a little bit more information from you before I recommend anything in particular.

        Email me and I’ll get back to you!

        (PS I’m on PEI, too!)

  1. I have four children whom I home schooled through high school. All four have not got dogwood diplomas but all have gone to university. Two have graduated and two have one year to go. They are all graduating from different Canadian universities. They have all enjoyed university so I want to encourage any home schoolers out there to go for it. Find what fits your goals and learning styles and you can make it happen.

    1. Hello , I live in Aurora ,Ontario .can you tell me how home school is please and can we be out of country for short time like 2 or 3 months .
      Thnk you

      1. Hi there.
        You absolutely can homeschool. And you can do whatever you’d like in terms of travel. 🙂 Are you in high school? I’ll try to email you and see if I can answer your questions that way. 🙂
        Thanks for stopping by.

    2. Hi Elena,

      You mentioned that you where able to get all four of your children from homeschool into University. Would it be possible to give me a brief outline of what you provided to the University?

      Did you follow a particular program or did you select your own materials?

      Any information you could give would be really helpful. Especially since you have already been through it all.

      Thanks so much 🙂

  2. Hi. My 9 year old son is just finishing up grade 5. He is extremely interested in being a marine biologist but I have no idea what courses he needs in order to do this. Does anyone know what I should be teaching him. Also, he is a very difficult student because he has a mental illness. Most of his courses are done on the computer. He is doing Teaching Textbooks for one of his math coursed plus Switched on Schoolhouse for Science and L.A. Any suggestions of other programs that he can do on the computer without needing internet (we run completely off of generator and it is only on in the evenings), would be greatly appreciated.

    1. Hi Connie,
      Thanks for the question. I invite you to join us on Facebook, if you have it, because there’s a great wealth of wisdom in our online community there. Please consider the page for this website: and also our Homeschool Swap: Canada group which has homeschoolers from all across the country:
      I will ask and see if anyone has any suggestions for you.:)

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