Homeschool policies

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Homeschooled students bring unique qualities to our campus, and we welcome their interest in UW Tacoma. To become eligible for freshman admission consideration, homeschooled students must meet the minimum requirements.  An official homeschool transcript is required for all homeschooled coursework and students must complete the College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADRs).* For each subject studied, the transcript must include:

  • Course title
  • Duration of study
  • Short description of course content
  • Grade for performance (or comparable qualitative assessment)

To be considered official, the homeschool transcript must be signed by the teacher of record; this may be a parent. Official transcripts also are required for any coursework completed at other high schools or regionally accredited colleges. Learn more about Submitting Transcripts.

CADR Test Score Requirements

College Academic Distribution Requirements (CADR) subjects completed at a high school or regionally accredited college do not require test score validation. CADR subjects completed through homeschooled coursework require validating test scores. (The UW Tacoma does not have an established list of predetermined minimum scores but reviews each homeschooled applicant in light of their unique educational history.)

CADR Examination Options

Scores from ACT with Writing or SAT Reasoning Test are required of all freshman applicants and may also serve as a validation option for some CADR subjects.

  • English: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
  • Mathematics: SAT Reasoning Test or ACT with Writing
  • Lab Science: Validation is required for at least one of the following: Biology, Chemistry, or Physics. ACT with Writing or SAT Subject Test or Advanced Placement (AP)
  • World Languages: SAT Subject Test or Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Social Science: No additional test required.
  • Fine Visual & Performing Arts: No additional test required.