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Learn 100% About One College

Learn 100% About One College
What Colleges Want It's difficult to find out exactly what colleges want, because they are all different. Instead of the stress of figuring out what ALL colleges want, try to figure out what your number one college is and learn 100% about ONE college. Get to know absolutely everything about them. Learn their preferences and visit that college for sure. Then tailor your remaining homeschool years to meet their requirements.  In all of your communications, show them you love...
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Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?

Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?
Are you wondering just what to do next? There are so many options for your homeschooled child!I remember what it felt like to worry around in circles over these options! Choosing between community college, AP courses , CLEP exams, online classes, and other options depends on your child. I have recommended each option to different homeschoolers.When you're making the decision for your family, take a step back and think about what your goals are for your child. If...
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Our Community College Stories

Our Community College Stories
I go to a lot of college fairs in my business. At one community college, I was taken aside and warned to tell homeschoolers not to send their young children to community college!  I was told felons, including predators, were known to be on campus, and the staff worry about innocent homeschoolers.Although my children started attending community college early, they were well prepared for college. While there were some positive aspects to community college, they also had...
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Guest — Robyn Campbell
We have had a mixed reaction to our child's CC experience. The thing that worries me is how I see her changing. And she doesn't se... Read More
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Oh, Robyn! I'm so sorry! I have watched SO MANY of my homeschooling friends go through the same thing! It's disheartening, I know!... Read More
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:25
Guest — Lisa
I think this could apply to any college be it a community one or not.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:41
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Successful Strategies for Community College

Successful Strategies for Community College
Because many states pay for community college tuition for qualified high school juniors and seniors, a lot of homeschoolers are jumping on the community college fast-track to a free 2-year degree.  It’s all a pretty attractive opportunity. But homeschoolers need to be aware of the potential pitfalls, as well as possibilities, of a community college education, free or not, before they send their children into that environment.  As much as many public universities are very out there, liberal,...
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Guest — Heidi P
Great suggestions. We've used ratemyprofessor.com many times and have also found the actual reviews very helpful. Also, once a s... Read More
Saturday, 20 July 2013 13:42
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Community College Language on the High School Transcript

Community College Language on the High School Transcript
 Making a transcript isn't so hard....  Well....  Until it gets complicated, LOL!  Renee asked a question about how to put foreign language on the high school transcript when classes were taken at a community colleges.Lee,I am watching your DVD's for high school.  Question about college classes.My son took Elementary German 1 @ a college first semesterNow, 2nd semester, he is taking Elementary German 2So - in high school credits - would those classes each receive a credit,...
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Guest — Lee
It seems like each high school across the country does it their own way. Sometimes a school district will have a policy - but the ... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 19:20
Guest — Cassie Fishbein
Hi Lee, I wanted to just add a suggestion that parents consult how credits from college are counted by public high schools in thei... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:56
Guest — Renee
Unless of course you live in AL where the Dual Enrollment agreement with the cover schools (and public/private schools) states tha... Read More
Friday, 03 February 2012 05:45
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Can we get real?

Can we get real?
I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post: Our Community College Stories.  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College.Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found the latter to...
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Guest — J W
OK - just tried out a French "little kid" book by Edouard Manceau. These are great once you get used to the cursive writing. Tin... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 14:12
Guest — J W
Actually four ideas, but two of them we've implemented for quite some time. The first idea is when we learn a rule of grammar, I ... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:16
Guest — Lee
Joelle! Don't leave us hanging! What are your great ideas for French? I've got to know! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:47
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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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Community College Dual Enrollment

Community College Dual Enrollment
Community college dual enrollment is not always a positive experience. Rebecca on Facebook asked:Hello - I attended one of your sessions on Homeschooling High School a few years ago at Seattle Pacific University. I appreciated so much what you shared!! My son is now in 10th grade and we're considering Running Start (dual enrollment in community college.) But I had remembered that you mentioned Running Start caused problems for your boys and that you didn't think...
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Guest — J W
I'm also wondering - how bad can it get if all you do is those classes directly related toward a very specific career - namely a 2... Read More
Thursday, 02 June 2011 18:47
Guest — Lee
Great comments, Janet! Thanks! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 02 June 2011 08:55
Guest — Janet
It seems to me that there are several different ways of approaching running start: 1. To earn a 2-year transfer degree, to offset... Read More
Thursday, 02 June 2011 08:29
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How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?

How many acronyms do you need? AA, ACT, SAT?
How many acronyms does your homeschool student need? Amy on Facebook wanted to know: Lee, does my son need to take the ACT/SAT if he plans to graduate with his AA from community college before going on to the university? Will his AA be enough? He will be a junior next year and we are wondering whether or not to start ACT/SAT prep stuff with him. Thank you!Some college will also want the SAT or ACT...
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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.phpPlease read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data as possible...
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What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?

What if Your Homeschooler is Not College Ready?
What are your options when a college decides your homeschool child is "not college ready"? Dear Lee,I am hoping that you could give us some advice.  We have homeschooled our daughter all of her life.  She graduated this past May. She has done well with most subjects at home and at various co-op classes.  She has consistently scored low on the SAT and ACT tests throughout her life.  She took two classes for ACT/SAT prep in...
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Guest — Tweets that mention What are your options when a college decides your child is "not college ready"? #homeschool #homeschool -- Topsy.com
[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Lee Binz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: What are your options when a college decides your c... Read More
Monday, 17 January 2011 03:32
Guest — Janet
Not college ready or not a good test taker? Here's an interesting thing to try on the retake... http://blogs.discovermagazine.co... Read More
Friday, 14 January 2011 09:07
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Strategy for Community College Classes

Strategy for Community College Classes
When thinking about community college credits, it can be useful to think about it being "proof" or external documentation of the different areas of education.  When you look at it that way, you want to have at least one class in each of the following areas: * English* Math Social Studies/History Science with Lab Foreign Language PE Fine ArtMath and foreign language are especially difficult at that level, because they move so much faster than high...
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Tuesday, 02 November 2010 07:48
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Facing The Community College Fad

Facing The Community College Fad
My recent newsletter included an article called Facing the Community College Fad.  It's always good to keep your eyes open when looking at any situation you think may be appropriate for your children.  If you have ever considered community college, this will be a thought-provoking article for you. There are a couple of things I wanted to share about that September 1st edition of my newsletter.Feedback on Community College ArticleThank you for going against the tide...
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Guest — Ivette
I appreciate the "other side of the coin" in your article. I think it is only fair to point out that a 4 year college is not much ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:23
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
You're right, Ivette! That's why Lee really stresses making visits to colleges (whether children attend community college or not) ... Read More
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:27
Guest — Marissa
It's unfortunate to hear such "horror" stories about ones experience at a community college, but I have to disagree that they are ... Read More
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:52
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Community College or Homeschool College?

Community College or Homeschool College?
It's difficult to decide between community college and credit by examination.  One reader had some tremendous trouble with community  college, and was asking about CollegePlus! as an alternative. Hello Lee,I noticed you have a link to College Plus on one of your web pages. Can you tell me anything about what you think about them as an option to community college? Or what other options you are referring to when you mention Homeschool College?Two weeks into...
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Guest — Gerri
Dear Linda, I'd like to respond to your question about CollegePlus. I have personal experience with the CollegePlus program as a ... Read More
Friday, 18 June 2010 09:14
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Hi! I'm Family Friendly!

Hi! I'm Family Friendly!
Recently I was awarded the "Family Friendly" seal of approval from The Old Schoolhouse.   I was so excited - and it's a cute badge to put on my website, too! It puts me in a bit of an awkward place, though.  Sometimes the information I need to provide is NOT fit for general audiences.  When I speak about community college, I have to choose my words very carefully, so that I can convey the "R-rated" nature...
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Guest — J W
The way I look at it, church is a safe place to practice the "one anothers" that Jesus taught. Then we go into the real world. Th... Read More
Tuesday, 18 May 2010 03:32
Guest — Sarah
Sounds a bit like public school, I'd say... I say 16 is pretty old, so I find this post a little ridiculous. I took a sign langu... Read More
Sunday, 16 May 2010 17:19
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