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College Applications for Homeschool Students

If you're anything like I was end of my junior year, the college application process is going to hit like a ton of bricks. I knew better than to put o...

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The Teaching Company's The Great Courses for High School Credit

This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.The Teaching Company provides excellent college level lectures, called The Great Courses. We used them often in our homeschool, to supplement areas our boys were interested in, such as science and economics, and to fill in the gaps in my own weak areas, such as music. Today they are available not only on CD and...

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CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?

Using CLEP exams in high school can get complicated. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does that mean that you are given the college credit for that class but are also given a C on the college transcript like on an AP test?  My daughter is studying for her first CLEP and I want this figured out before we put the time and money in to it.Thanks...

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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

Many times music scholarships really aren't a scholarship at all.  They are really more like a WORK STUDY PROGRAM. Music scholarships many require many hours invested in practicing and accompanying.  Students may spend hours playing music they don't like to accompany other musicians and singers.  This level of commitment may be required by a music scholarship.  A music scholarship may have relatively low monetary value, and may represent a work study program earning far below minimum...

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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

Hi Lee,I have a question and maybe you can advise me in. I have been homeschooling my 4 children for the last 7 years. My oldest will start her senior year sometime in the next few months. My next one will be starting her junior year. For the last year, they have done nothing but beg me to send them back to public school. Suddenly they want to experience it. My head says it would be...

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The Validity of High School Diplomas - Encouragement for Homeschoolers

HSLDA reports that colleges are now required to determine the validity of high school diplomas from public and private schools. How exactly can the college determine validity?  Will they be requiring course descriptions from every applicant?  That would be a lot of reading for the admissions team.  Homeschool parents often think about their own transcripts and validity.  Yes, you are valid!  Isn't it interesting that public and private high schools are now having the same concerns...

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Highlight on High School History

Many parents ask, "What is the difference between history and social studies?" or "Are social studies and history the same thing?" Those are good...

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Apologia Science is Great College Preparation

Apologia Science is Great College Preparation This post contains affiliate links. If you click and buy I may make a few pennies, but not enough for a latte.img class="aligncenter wp-image-14863" alt="Apologia Science" src="https://hhhblogs.s3.amazonaws.com/2012/08/apologia.png" width="553" height="414" Apologia Science is a very rigorous college preparation series. I don't usually recommend specific curriculum because I know it's more about how it fits your child than the textbook or curriculum itself. When it comes to science, though, we had such...

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College Scholarship Infographic

Every year there are lots of scholarships awarded to ordinary teenagers. Some of those scholarships are for some really weird things!  Check out this college scholarship infographic, with lots of fun information!You can use scholarship essay writing as the basis for your homeschool English class. Wouldn't it be awesome to MAKE money on English class instead of SPENDING money on curriculum?Source for college scholarship infographic: Affordable-Online-Colleges.netCheck out this book: "College Scholarships for High School Credit: Learn...

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Why College Preparation is Important for Homeschoolers

High school is like driving on auto-pilot. You arrive at the destination, but can't remember driving! When you homeschool high school, sometimes life ...

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It's College Fair Time!

Put that College Fair on the Calendar!It's college fair season, and it's time to get that responsibility on your calendar before it gets full!  Attending a college fair is a key to finding a college, and I strongly recommend that every homeschooler attends a college fair in Junior Year.  I think they are great for freshmen, fabulous for sophomore and seniors, but should be required for Juniors.  One of the major tasks of Junior year is...

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AP Exam or AP Class

You do NOT need to have an official and approved AP course in order to give colleges the AP exams they want! Not all public schools offer every different AP classes.  Although colleges may like kids to take those classes, they know they aren't available in all schools. Colleges are looking for the exam.The College Board likes to think they have sole rights to putting a capital A and capital P together on a transcript. If...

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How to Homeschool College

Homeschooling college might not be for everyone, but for the student willing to put in the work, it can be an effective fast track to a college degree...

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Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges

Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay. Reporting SAT Scores To Colleges I was just talking to one of my Gold Care Club members about the cost of sending SAT scores to colleges. Without planning, it can get priceyWhen you register for the SAT test, the student can indicate up to four college recipients during registration. Only four score sends are included with your registration;...

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Coast Guard Academy Admissions

Please note that as of January 2021, The College Board has discontinued SAT Subject Tests® and SAT® essay. If you are a prepared homeschool parent, no doubt you’re steadily working on your child’s transcripts, you have test dates on your calendar, and perhaps even a few college visits planned for the summer of junior year.  But even with all that preparation, it’s important to remember that admission requirements are often unique between schools, and what one...

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