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Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers

Homeschooling Teens – Colleges Seek Independent Homeschoolers
Stanford University Magazine had a write-up regarding a gifted homeschool student.  I love this quotation: “It’s the spark, the passion, that sets the truly exceptional student-the one driven to pursue independent research and explore difficult concepts from a very early age-apart from your typical bright kid.  Stanford wants students who have it.  Looking very closely at homeschoolers is one way to get more of those special minds, the admission office has discovered."  As Reider explains it:...
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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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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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13 Commandments of Homeschool Science

13 Commandments of Homeschool Science
Homeschoolers tend to think that there are actually 13 commandments, and that biology, chemistry, and physics are the extra three.  It’s not true! You can branch out when you teach science!  There is astronomy, geology, botany, robotics, astronomy, ornithology… you name it!  Now probably colleges would like to see at least one of the standard sciences. If your child wants to go into a scientific profession then biology, chemistry, and physics might be important.  But for...
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Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?

Homeschool High School: GRAMMAR - To Teach, or Not to Teach?
An "understanding" of grammar is important.  You need it in order to write well. You need it in order to score well on the SAT and ACT tests.  However, grammar is NOT taught every year in high school.  Colleges don't require or test the ability to diagram a sentence. Taking a special grammar class every year is not necessary for the critical life skill of writing.  You may want to teach grammar separately in high school,...
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Guest — Lee
I like using the "Real SAT" books. Here is an article about the SAT and ACT that will help: http://www.thehomescholar.com/sat-tes... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 19:43
Guest — Vanessa S
I'm just starting high school this year with my oldest (and with 6 children, I'll be doing it for a quite a while - 16 more years!... Read More
Thursday, 11 August 2011 18:00
Guest — Rebecca
We study grammar very seriously through junior high, so by the time they reach high school, so much is simply review. I have had ... Read More
Monday, 08 August 2011 20:22
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Test Scores and College Admission

Test Scores and College Admission
Test Scores and College Admission Anne gave some great advice for others about test scores and college admission on my Facebook page after getting her own question answered:I just wish I had asked it at least a year ago. However I have 3 children yet to graduate so I can still use all the help I can get. My oldest son is graduating in May of this year and we have had some disappointments. He did...
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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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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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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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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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Tips for your First College Fair

Tips for your First College Fair
When you are trying to figure out what college might  be a good fit, a college fair is often the best first step. Laura wrote on Facebook:"Lee, I'm taking my almost 14 year old to his first college fair this weekend.  Any suggestions on how to make the most of it?"Have him dress nice, look them in the eye, shake hands firmly. Come prepared with a couple of questions to ask each college, something like "Do...
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Encouraging Girls in Math and Science

Encouraging Girls in Math and Science
There are more girls going to college than there are boys.  Girls are in the majority, so they are less likely to receive admission and financial aid.....  except in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.  In those areas, girls are still in the minority.   You can encourage your young women to pursue a college major in STEM, and it might improve their chances of admission and financial aid.  One of my clients recommended Expanding Your Horizons conferences...
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CLEP Exams: Grades or College Credit?

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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Guest — Madison S., “The CLEP Review Gal”
Hi Lisa, each school has its own CLEP policy, most use the ACE B-Level Recommendations. See http://professionals.collegeboard.com/... Read More
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 15:31
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Give Colleges What They Want

Give Colleges What They Want
One tip to getting a good scholarship is to give college exactly what they want.  The happier you make the college, the more they like your student. That means they may give you money in scholarships!   Here is Ann's recent experience: Recently, Ethan received a letter from the Dean of Admissions at CCSU. It said his application was important to them, and they wanted to interview him. We didn't know what to make of that, but...
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