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Alternatives to College After High School

Alternatives to College After High School

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I originally discovered Praxis when a blogger I follow on Facebook shared a Praxis post. I started following Praxis for the thought-provoking information and articles that they share. I found the idea of Praxis as an alternative to college after high school an interesting one. So when I was presented with the opportunity to share a bit about Praxis with my readers, I was all in!

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Alternatives to College After High School

Over the past five years there has been a significant uptick in people discussing alternatives to college after high school. These alternatives include apprenticeships and entrepreneurship. It’s become obvious that college and huge amounts of college debt are not the best decision for many young adults. But what is?

Praxis could be the answer for some of them. It is a nine month program that includes a three month educational boot camp followed by a six month internship with a start-up. The goal is to place the student in a full-time job with the start-up at the end or prepare them for other options that they might wish to explore.

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Praxis and Homeschoolers

Praxis is an especially good fit for homeschoolers who are interested in something other than college. Why? Homeschoolers are generally self-starters, more mature, and more ready to take their place in the “real world” because their education has been conducted in the “real world” instead of a classroom or school. In fact, Zach Slayback (the founder of Praxis) gives some thought-provoking reasons why homeschoolers should stop trying to get into college.

Another Praxis article to consider is 5 Ways Homeschooling is Like Entrepreneurship. We’ve lived the reality of homeschooling and entrepreneurship in our own family life. Once you “leave the system” for work or school, it is a much easier step to “leave the system” in other areas of your life. For homeschoolers, entrepreneurship is simply a continuation of their educational journey. If you can “do” your own education, you can “do” your own professional life as well.

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So if you and your child are looking for alternatives to college after high school, Praxis might be a good fit. Even just exploring the ideas behind Praxis will help you sort through the best choices available for your son or daughter whether homeschooled or not so I encourage you to check them out.

Alternatives to College After High School


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  • Thanks for this post. It is something that we have been thinking about.

    Our local school district is, in my opinion, running a college applications mill.  There are tons of impressive-sounding activities, but fewer National Merit semifinalists and finalists than I would have expected. Over 90% of the graduating seniors plan to go on to college.  That fact alone suggests to me that the status marker for employability is about to shift to something else, probably based more on actual work/business experience.  Praxis seems to be on the leading edge of that trend.

  • Hi Peggy!

    I’m glad you found this helpful. That’s really interesting that you call your local district a college application mill. Also interesting about the National Merit scholars. I was thinking the other day about how a 4.0 doesn’t mean anything any longer. When I graduated from high school, it was the rare exception and you worked your tail off for a 4.0. Now they pass them out like candy.

    I agree that Praxis is on the leading edge of a new trend. It will be interesting to see where it all goes.


Sallie-Schaaf-Borrink-060313-B-250x250I'm Sallie, teacher by training and now homeschooling mom of Caroline. My passion is to provide products, encouragement, and information that helps others discover and do what works with their children. I also write about living a cozy life as a highly introverted person. Welcome! ♥

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