Home-schooled Admission Criteria

Home-schooled Admission Criteria

 

 
Introduction
Brock University welcomes applications from home schooled students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. We understand the nature of homeschooling, and the fact that no two applicants will present the same academic preparation. For this reason creating a single admission policy and admissions criteria guidelines can be challenging.

In order to determine eligibility for admission to Brock you must first decide whether you are a Category A or Category B home schooled applicant. If you have trouble deciding, or you need clarification regarding any of the information below, contact the Admissions Director at 905 688 5550, ext. 4445 or mlea@brocku.ca for help. Once you know the category you fall under, the application process should be easier.
 

Home Schooled Category A:
Preference is given to home schooled applicants who, after the eleventh year of home-schooling, complete the final year of secondary studies through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school, and present six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits. The 4U/4M credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school. Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and three mid-term results are submitted to the Admissions Office (applicants should contact admissions@brocku.ca for guidelines regarding estimated admission average for program choice). Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration.

Applicants may be considered for admission to any program as long as the applicant provides evidence of:

  1. the minimum average necessary for admission (calculated on the six best 4U/4M credits including perquisites – three finals and three mid-term grades are necessary to calculate an average and make a conditional offer),
  2. prerequisite subject requirements are met: Admissions Criteria Chart
  3. a minimum of 40 hours of community service (or in the process of completing)

Important Notes:
Preference will be given to those applicants who complete their grade 12 studies over a period of one academic year (rather than part-time over a period of several terms or years). Chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology courses should be completed during the final year of study leading up to entry to university (not during the eleventh year of study).

Scholarships
Applicants will automatically be considered for a Brock Scholars (Entrance) Award based on the final admission average, determined using the top six (including prerequisites) 4U or 4M credits from the Ontario accredited secondary school(s).
 

Home Schooled Category B
Home schooled applicants who do not fall into the ‘Category B’ description will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Normally admission is limited to:

  • BA General Humanities
  • BA Social Sciences
  • BSc Sciences

Upon successful completion of first-year studies at Brock University, applicants may apply to declare a specific major.

Applicants may be considered for admission to any of the three programs listed above as long as the applicant can provide evidence of:

  1. the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma including six grade 12 academic level credits (considered equivalent to grade 12 Ontario courses)
  2. the minimum average necessary for admission for entry to General Studies which is 70% (calculated on the six best grade 12 academic credits including prerequisites – three finals and three mid-term grades are necessary to calculate an average and make a conditional offer
  3. prerequisite subject requirements are met : Admissions Criteria Chart
  4. a satisfactory Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT 1) or ACT test result (normally, minimum scores of 1650 on the SAT Reasoning Test -including Reading, Mathematics and Writing components, or 24 on the ACT)
  5. a minimum of 40 hours of community service (or in the process of completing)

Important Notes:
Preference will be given to those applicants who complete their grade 12 studies over a period of one academic year (rather than part-time over a period of several terms or years). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include Canadian content in their studies. Chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology courses should be completed during the final year of study leading up to entry to university (not during the eleventh year of study).

Scholarships
The Director of Admissions will consult with Student Awards to determine eligibility for a Brock Scholars (Entrance) Award. Scholarships are not automatic, and may be granted only to those applicants able to provide satisfactory evidence of the completion of the equivalency of Grade 12 with a minimum 80% average (as calculated by the Admissions Office). Applicants completing U.S. curriculum and using a 60% pass grading scale will have grades translated into equivalencies (to a 50% passing grade) for admissibility and scholarship eligibility. The grading scale is as follows:
A = 87%
B = 75%
C = 65%
D = 55%
F = Fail
 

Information on Ontario Curriculum
For information on grade 12 Ontario curriculum refer to www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/curriculum/secondary/grade12.html

To determine if a school is accredited and allowed to grant Ontario curriculum credits refer to www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/privsch/index.html (after reading the page scroll to the bottom and click on “continue”). Be sure the school you are considering clearly states the following: “Offers credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma”
 

Examples of On-line Learning Offering Ontario Curriculum
Examples* of on-line learning accredited by the Ministry of Education:
www.ilc.org/index-main.php
www.virtualhighschool.com/
www.ottawacarletone-school.ca/
www.virtuallearning.ca/
*No one program/virtual school is endorsed by Brock University. These are examples only.

 

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