Student Credits Homeschooling for Perfect ACT & SAT Scores

A high school senior who was homeschooled until 7th grade credits homeschooling for helping him earn perfect scores on both the ACT and SAT.

Connor Long, who lives in Bowling Green, Ohio, and now attends a private high school in nearby Toledo, said his mom played a key role in helping him achieve a 2400 on the SAT and 36 on the ACT.

“My mom would prepare lessons and use a curriculum that worked for me because she was tuned into how I learned,” Long told Yahoo Parenting in a recent interview. “She was really committed to us learning. It was more than a full-time job for her.”

The National Home Education Research Institute reports that homeschool students typically score 15 to 30 percentile points better than students who attend schools.

“Two factors that have been shown to lead to academic success are parents who are involved in their children’s education, and kids who are engaged in learning,” said Michael Donnelly, a staff attorney for HSLDA. “Homeschooling allows for both of these: parents have to be committed to take on the responsibilities of educating their kids, and they tend to foster an environment where the child is inspired to really learn, not respond to what a teacher wants.”

Approximately one student in 5,000 obtains a perfect SAT score, while the ACT states the odds of a perfect finish are one in 14,000.

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