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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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The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!

The Secret to Getting BIG Scholarships!
Learn the Steps to Getting BIG Scholarships!  You're not just a homeschooler.  You are the Homeschool Parent PLUS Counselor PLUS Mentor PLUS Advisor.  Don't worry, though. Homeschool parents are GREAT high school guidance counselors, motivated by love and a long term commitment to their child's success.  But even the most determined and steadfast parent may quake at the cost of college! Learn how to market your child for college admission.  Marketing can increase your chance of...
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College Application Essays for Homeschoolers

College Application Essays for Homeschoolers
College application essays take time and effort - they don't just happen overnight!  Take some time to learn about them now.  You and your children can practice some application essays now - BEFORE senior year - and make your life that much easier down the road. What's the big deal about a little essay?  If you have ever faced resistance from your children about a writing assignment, boy are you in for a treat! You haven't...
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What is a Homeschool Friendly College?

What is a Homeschool Friendly College?
What is a Homeschool Friendly College? In general, a homeschool friendly college is one that treats a homeschool applicant the same as a public school applicant. Your child would be requested to take the exact same tests as any other student - more tests are not required of a homeschool applicant. Some colleges say they are homeschool friendly, when in reality they have "hoops" that we have to jump through.Read the complete article from 2008  What...
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Guest — Penny
Thanks for reposting this article. With a son entering the high school level soon enough, it's good information to know ahead of t... Read More
Saturday, 09 April 2011 14:20
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Better Grades Through Baking

Better Grades Through Baking
As you can imagine, I get a lot of "interesting" press releases.   Recently I received information about how grades improve when the house smells good. Here are the very important statistics: We’re working with homeschooling mom and the founder of Mom Bloggers Club, Jennifer James, to let people know about this new study which shows that 84% of students reporting GPAs of A or B reported positive childhood home smells, such as lemon, mint or “clean.”...
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Guest — BobbieSue
While it is impossible to prove a causative relationship between the smells at home and grades at school; it is reasonable to say ... Read More
Friday, 08 April 2011 06:42
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Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs

Perfectly Petrifying Parent Partnership Programs
Great News!  Colleges love homeschoolers for their academic preparation, socialization, and specialization. They love us and they want us at their school.  Another group also loves us:  alternative education and parent partnership programs.  They love us for a completely different reason, however!  They love us because they can make money when they make us afraid about homeschooling. Don't be afraid!   Your children can achieve anything with a homeschool education!  They can get into college (with wonderful...
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Music Scholarship or Work Study?

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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Guest — Lois
Lee- I was a music major, and I tried to get as many music scholarships that I could. In band, there were many non-music majors wh... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 08:27
Guest — Lee
Hi Ann! Check to see how much practice/playing time is required, then do the math to see if it is a good investment of his time. ... Read More
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:59
Guest — Ann
hi Lee-- Is a performance grant the same thing?
Friday, 18 March 2011 07:15
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Using CLEP on a High School Transcript

Using CLEP on a High School Transcript
CLEP Exams should come with a big disclaimer saying "it depends."  Although CLEP was wonderful for my family, using CLEP test really depends a lot on the university where the student will attend.  In this blog post, we will compare different college policies on the use of CLEP scores, and see the wide variety of how those test are used. What if you just pass the CLEP exam let’s say with the score of 50?  Does...
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Guest — Lee
Good timing, Stephanie! Have you checked the possible colleges to see if they accept CLEP? Even if they don't, it can still be g... Read More
Monday, 21 March 2011 05:44
Guest — Stephanie in OH
Lee - My 14yo is just starting to prepare for her first CLEP later in the year, so I thought I'd hop on to review your blog posts ... Read More
Thursday, 17 March 2011 09:20
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College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants

College Policy Discourages Homeschool Applicants
Don't be shy!  Speak up, and colleges may change their admission policy!  A client contacted me about a college her child wanted to attend.  The website provided a homeschool policy that was not very homeschool friendly.  I wrote to the college to ask about their admission policy and received a favorable reply. This is the email I sent to the admission department:To: AdmissionsSubject: Homeschool Policy Discourages Homeschool ApplicantsDear William Woods University Admissions,A homeschooler has contacted me...
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Guest — G B
Can you please do the same thing for me? I am a homeschool applicant with no parents to help me and I have been trying to transfer... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 14:44
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear GB, As Lee stated in her article, you are welcome to to edit her letter for your own use. Lee encourages you to include spe... Read More
Monday, 17 September 2012 22:40
Guest — J W
LOL - Lee said "They objected to ME teaching biology labs, and they are the university that gave me my nursing degree. In other wo... Read More
Thursday, 10 March 2011 20:04
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