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We Got a Scholarship!

We Got a Scholarship!
Here is the thing about February and March.  It's the months when homeschooling is the most difficult.  The doldrums set in, and life seems more tedious. But for me, early spring is my FAVORITE time of year!  That's when all my seniors start hearing about admission and scholarships!  Although deadlines for admission are often much later in the spring, the early bird gets the worm!  Those who applied earlier in the fall are now reaping the...
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Hi Lee, That's excellent. The truth at least for me is that most of the home-schooled students I know are incredibly smart and ha... Read More
Thursday, 24 February 2011 19:35
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Homeschooling and Boy Scouts

Homeschooling and Boy Scouts
Confession - my boys never did boy scouts.  The local public school had a group of truly rotten kids that I didn't want my boys to play with, so we never started the boy scout tradition.  But scouting is such a great activity!  Especially in high school! Some colleges have told me that an Eagle Scout is GREAT for college admission!  The military academies particularly love Eagle Scout candidate. It demonstrated leadership, physical fitness, volunteerism, and...
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You can Lone Scout as a homeschooler. You don't have to join a troop. My son has done this, for the last three years. We join loca... Read More
Sunday, 19 May 2019 19:51
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Common Homeschool High School Questions

Common Homeschool High School Questions
One of the things I do the most is point people to homeschool high school resources. Often the answers are simple, you just know where to look!    One mom had this list of questions: "I will be going onto your site later tonight when everyone is done with school but I have two questions how do they take the SAT's?  Also I want to make sure she doesn't have to take the GED® to get...
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How Do You Decide Between Colleges?

How Do You Decide Between Colleges?
When you have multiple college offers with wonderful scholarships, how do you decide between colleges?Here are two methods. First, you can develop a chart and compare each college.  Make sure that comparison includes "your dollars out of pocket each year of college" as your only financial comparison, because there are too many variables to compare any other numbers.The second method is the livability test.  Where does your student want to live for the next four years? ...
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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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Monday, 17 January 2011 03:32
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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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Rotten Homeschool Admission Policy

Rotten Homeschool Admission Policy
What if the college you want to attend has a rotten homeschool admission policy?"Hi Lee,   We are having some difficulty with homeschool admissions policy for the U my dd wants to go to, ie, special testing only for homeschoolers. Would like to discuss with you sometime.  Have you heard of this before?  Have a peaceful day."~ Jane Jane,I have an article about what it means for a college to be "Homeschool Friendly."  You can read the...
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Wednesday, 12 January 2011 04:26
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Eagle Scout Scholarship

Eagle Scout Scholarship
If you have an eagle scout that is a high school senior or older, perhaps they can fill out this application for a college scholarship this week!Eagle Scout NESA Merit Scholarships Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2011. This application is only for the Hall/McElwain and Robert and Rebecca Palmer merit scholarships for Eagle Scouts. The number of  scholarships awarded varies annually depending on the funds available. Recipients are chosen based on Scouting participation, character, and...
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5 Final Reasons to Get The Comprehensive Record Solution Today!

5 Final Reasons to Get The Comprehensive Record Solution Today!
Today is the final day to get my Comprehensive Record Solution at the introductory price of $97. Tomorrow the price goes to it's regular price of $147.  We have written extensively why documenting your homeschool students comprehensive records is a smart idea for every college bound homeschool family.  Here are five final reasons you should consider today before the price increases. College admissions is a high stakes, highly competitive game and you need to present your...
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Hi Karen! Thanks for saying such nice things about my writing! So the Comprehensive Record Solution is not just about the books.... Read More
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Lee If I already have all your other books what is different in this one? The books I have are excellent. Isn't this one all of t... Read More
Monday, 06 December 2010 06:59
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Our Second Comprehensive Record Solution Review!

Our Second Comprehensive Record Solution Review!
On this Thanksgiving, we are so blessed by this review from Annie Kate of the Tea Time With Annie Kate blog.   You can read her whole review here, but this was my favorite part!So far I’ve enjoyed some of the videos and studied a few of the E-books and documents.  The videos are basically well-organized talks with notes, something that fits well with my learning style.  Lee has a pleasant voice, and it has been...
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Our First Comprehensive Record Solution Review!

Our First Comprehensive Record Solution Review!
Sally is a client I helped with comprehensive records.  She made such beautiful records, I asked her to review my latest creation, the Comprehensive Record Solution.  By the way, Sally let me include all of her course descriptions in the my Course Description Collection, which comes with the purchase of the Comprehensive Record Solution.Dear Lee,WOW!!!!!!  I love this product. Oh, how I wish it would have been available a couple of years ago!!  Still, the info...
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Encouragement from The Other Side

Encouragement from The Other Side
It's nice to hear stories from parents who have been where you are, but have now graduated a student.  Have they ruined their children's lives?  Have the missed out on college admission or scholarships?  Hardly!  Mostly I hear stories that I call "Shock and Awe!"  Parents write to me and confess the wonderful results of homeschooling high school.  The most common feelings when high school is over?  Shock that it worked, and Awe at the admission...
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Thankyou so much for sharing your fears and success. I am very encouraged by all of your stories of struggles, growth, and success... Read More
Thursday, 07 October 2010 17:27
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Providing Work Samples

Providing Work Samples
Do colleges want work samples mainly from the child's senior year?~TheresaDear Theresa,Thank you for your question!  Some colleges will want samples of work, and other colleges will not.  When a college asks for work samples, they may not all want the same sort of thing.  In the colleges that we applied to, one wanted a written lab report from science, another wanted a math paper in the student handwriting, and a couple of colleges wanted a...
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How Much Does an AP Class Weigh?

How Much Does an AP Class Weigh?
If you were going to measure an AP class, how much would it weigh?  The number you see on the scale isn't what they are talking about when parents mention "Weighted Grades" on transcripts. A public school mom said  that if my child takes AP classes they are weighted heavier and you need more than a 4.0 to get into  some colleges...Only in 9th now...have time to figure it out but  how do you weight AP...
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Sunday, 30 May 2010 18:21
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This is such good advice, Lee. When I was in high school, back when the earth's crust was still warm, there were no AP courses or ... Read More
Saturday, 29 May 2010 09:02
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Should Homeschoolers Worry About Portfolios?

Should Homeschoolers Worry About Portfolios?
Dear Lee,I am reading Homeschoolers' College Admissions Handbook by  Cafi Cohen.  I know the books is a bit dated.  Should  homeschoolers worry about portfolios anymore?  I don't really recall you talking about them.Blessings,~ KatePortfolios are also called course descriptions, comprehensive records, and other names.  A portfolio is technically more of an art major or unschooling "scrapbook" of work.  That's why I opted to call mine a comprehensive record.Many colleges (most?) want course descriptions, and it can...
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Accommodation For The SAT

Accommodation For The SAT
I have a daughter who may never be able to do well a "bubble" test, due to vision issues.  (However, she is not legally blind.)  What sort of a paper trail of her trips to vision specialists, etc. should I be keeping so she can get accommodations on her college admissions tests?~ Janet on the blog Dear Janet,I’m not exactly sure about what to do about a paper trail,  but I know where to find the...
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