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Peabody has been receiving a small but steadily increasing number of applications from home schooled students over the past few years. Admissions policies regarding home schooled applicants seem to vary from state to state, and from school to school.  Unlike liberal arts colleges and universities, Peabody’s admissions policy is biased heavily toward an applicant’s level of musical performance.  At the same time, we are a Maryland school, and must comply with state regulations.  The following official policy meets both needs.

In order to be an entering student at a college in the state of Maryland, an applicant must be a graduate of an accredited high school. In lieu of a high school diploma, an applicant can qualify with a high school equivalency certificate or diploma (GED).

Home schooled applicants are encouraged to submit the GED in lieu of a high school degree. Without a high school degree or GED, Peabody will consider musically acceptable applicants for admission on a case by case basis. Applicants must show evidence of their ability to do college-level academic work. The following forms of evidence will be considered:

  1. A transcript or other documentation from an accredited home schooling agency that the applicant has satisfactorily completed the equivalent of a high school degree program. Any such submission must include the name of the accrediting body.
  2. SAT,  ACT, and/or other standardized test scores.
  3. Results from Peabody placement tests.
  4. Transcripts from a college or university showing completion of credit-level courses.

Peabody bases its acceptance decisions on our best estimate of an applicant’s ability to thrive in our musical and academic community.