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Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?

Homeschool High School: Affordable and Elite Private Colleges? Are you CRAZY!?
Many colleges are changing the way they distribute financial aid, making it much more affordable for ordinary students to afford extraordinary colleges. Read about these examples! Brown - "Brown University is eliminating tuition for students whose parents earn less than $60,000, after decisions by fellow Ivy League universities to bolster financial aid as their endowments grow." The New York Times.MIT - "Given our commitment to meeting our students' full need, when tuition goes up, we make...
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Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records

Why Write Course Descriptions for your Homeschool High School Records
Why write a course description?Some colleges will ask for them and some will not.  There are a few situations when course descriptions are extremely important.1. When applying to a very selective college.2. When parents can't afford college.3. When the child wants to go to only ONE college.In each of those situations, providing detailed homeschool records can improve your child's chances of admission and scholarships.The transcript is the bare minimum requirement (there are VERY few that don't...
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Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy

Homeschool High School Transcripts and Activity Lists: An Analogy
Here's an analogy you may enjoy: Transcript is to course description as transcript is to activity list. On the bottom of the transcript is a place for a VERY abbreviated activity list.  Keep a separate page to list all the details about those activities.  You know the difference between a transcript and course description... same difference between a transcript and an activity list.  The transcript provides just the name, credit value, and grade for each class. ...
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A College with 50% Homeschoolers!

A College with 50% Homeschoolers!
Getting to know colleges is very important, because you are trying to find that perfect fit for your student. I was reading an article about Christendom College in Virginia. A strongly conservative and devoutly Catholic college, 50% of their student body has been homeschooled! That college is the perfect match for someone.One day you, too, will find your child's perfect match.Read the article in US News.Do you enjoy these daily doses of high school homeschool wisdom?...
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NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers

NCAA 101 for Homeschoolers
If you don't know, NCAA means National Collegiate Athletic Association.  If you don't know what it is, you probably aren't worried about it at all.  But if you DO know what it means, then as a homeschool parent you may feel stressed or insecure.  Let me help! Let me unlock the mysteries of the college application process (NCAA and otherwise) in this free class! Click to register: College Applications Simply Explained First, it's important to remember...
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Guest — Tiffany
Does anyone have a list of homeschool online programs that are approved? Or are none of them, at this point?
Wednesday, 08 April 2020 15:13
Guest — Susan HEfner
ExcelsiorClasses.com also has several courses that are NCAA approved.
Sunday, 28 June 2020 20:03
Guest — Dara
HSLDA Online Academy is approved by NCAA. They offer AP English, Math and Science, History, and Spanish. Several others. Their app... Read More
Wednesday, 20 May 2020 14:30
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Homeschooling High School: Senior Year Public School or Community College Dual Enrollment?

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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Guest — Diana
Wow, Lee and Cyndi, I am going through the exact same thing~same ages and everything! The only thing different is that for the las... Read More
Thursday, 21 July 2011 08:57
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Homeschooling: What About Prom?

Homeschooling: What About Prom?
When you tell people you are homeschooling high school, you may get some pretty unusual questions. What about college? What about scholarships? What about socialization? For me, the strangest question was always, "What about Prom?" Yeah... what about it?Homeschoolers who want to have a prom can create one! Read this article, about a homeschool group that got together to make a Prom for their high school students. Appleton-area homeschoolers experience razzle-dazzle of high school dance Teens...
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Guest — Beth
Our 16-year old dd just finished making her Empire Era ball gown (green crushed velvet with a black velvet sash complete with long... Read More
Saturday, 23 July 2011 20:01
Guest — J W
I don't think I've ever gotten to use my snappy answer for the "what about prom" question, but I'll share it anyway... "Gee, I th... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 22:01
Guest — Sabrin Justison
We LOVE prom....for our homeschoolers! I've been blessed to chaperon for 9 years now, and each event has been elegant and fun. I... Read More
Saturday, 16 July 2011 18:08
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The Best High School Guidance Counselor

The Best High School Guidance Counselor
You are the best high school guidance counselor for your child!  This article illustrates one way that you are better than a school counselor For the College-Bound, Smart Ways to Borrow."Families should recognize that higher education is a business, backed by Madison Avenue-scale marketing, and the advice they receive is likely to be biased. High school counselors encourage students to apply to "name" colleges to boost the high school's reputation, says Bissonnette. College financial aid officers...
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Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records

Yummy Dessert of Homeschool Comprehensive Records
When providing colleges with the information they need, going beyond a transcript can  improve your chances of scholarships.  A transcript may be the cornerstone of admission, but colleges want more than that if you expect them to give you scholarship money.  They generally like to see more comprehensive homeschool records. Samples of student work are the icing on the cake, the yummy dessert of comprehensive homeschool records.In our homeschool records, I provided three writing samples with...
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Homeschoolers Grow Up!

Homeschoolers Grow Up!
Guess what?  One day they grow up and graduate from homeschooling!  I'm not kidding - it's true!  Here is Michelle's story. Hi Lee,Thanks so much for your enthusiasm and everything you do to support homeschoolers and promote homeschooling through high school. I will briefly share my experience in case you want to blog about it - hopefully it will encourage others.We started our homeschooling journey when our boys were 5 & 7. David was just coming...
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Guest — Jeri
Well Done Michelle! Thank you for sharing your success. I applaud your choice to home school your sons. You gave your children t... Read More
Friday, 16 January 2015 11:09
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Homeschool High School: Parent Training A La Carte

Homeschool High School: Parent Training A La Carte
What is the difference between a video and Parent Training A la Carte?  Do you like to learn on the computer, or hold something in your hand? Thank you SO much for all the great information!  I am a bit overwhelmed right now though!  It's so much to absorb!  I have a question; how is the Parent Training A la Carte different from Preparing to homeschool high school dvd?  Are all the Parent Training A la...
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Homeschool High School Graduation 2011: Delight Directed Learning Success!

Homeschool High School Graduation 2011: Delight Directed Learning Success!
Do you know what makes successful homeschool graduates?  Delight directed learning!  Listen to Elena's story of her son. Hi Lee,My homeschooled Senior is Sam. During high school he has taken piano lessons for 4 years, organ for 2, sung in the church choir and gone to competition with them twice, been active in the youth group and played on the homeschool soccer league. He taught himself guitar before starting classical guitar with private lessons. He started...
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Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early

Preparing Homeschool Records & Transcripts Early
Mary graduated her son this year and was EXTREMELY successful as a homeschool parent.  Still, she confesses that the job would have been much easier and less exhausting had she done the work before senior year.  Here is Mary's story:Hi Lee!!!Haven't contacted you since my senior, Bryan, was accepted into the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in April!  The School of Filmmaking is a fairly exclusive program and I am so very proud...
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Are AP Classes Necessary for Homeschoolers?

Are AP Classes Necessary for Homeschoolers?
Do you have to take AP classes if you don't want to? Debbie wrote on Facebook:"I have a 12 yr (7th grade) daughter who is currently doing 9th grade work. As I pick her school work is it necessary for her to do AP classes and how do I know which home school courses are AP? In other words, can I make any curriculum an AP course and how?"Debbie, anyone can take an AP test, even...
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Melissa Hunt
What if the AP course is outsourced to PA Homeschoolers online which is an approved (by the CB) AP course? Do I list the course wi... Read More
Thursday, 01 November 2018 18:13
Lee Binz
Melissa, I always list any classes my children take on their homeschool transcript, whether the entity that provides the class giv... Read More
Saturday, 08 December 2018 18:20
Guest — Lee
Sure, Linda! I'll fix the text of the post as soon as I can, too, so there is less confusion ... Read More
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 19:25
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The Validity of High School Diplomas - Encouragement for Homeschoolers

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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