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Formula for Putting Dual Enrollment on a High School Transcript

Formula for Putting Dual Enrollment on a High School Transcript
For all classes on the transcript, I recommend either a whole or half credit, not smaller or larger. Here an easy to remember "formula" for dual enrol...
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Online Dual Enrollment Classes

Online Dual Enrollment Classes
Online dual enrollment classes are available in many states, but, like anything else, have pros and cons. Before enrolling, become informed,...
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3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications

3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications
3 Tips for Including Dual Enrollment on College Applications Dual enrollment classes on the transcript Use an acronym before the class title to clearly show which classes were taken at the community college. That shows that senior year classes are harder than last year - a good trend to show.  You can read about that trend in this blog post, Acronym for Outside Classes .  For the classes your student is currently enrolled in, replace the...
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Dual Enrollment Senior Year

Dual Enrollment Senior Year
Senior year for most college-bound homeschoolers is usually packed with college applications, scholarship essays, forms to fill out, and choices to make. It’s always a busy time! In fact, it's SUCH a busy time, it's hard to fit it all in! Particularly when your child is doing dual enrollment... “Senior year seems like a really busy time. Is it possible for a student to successfully do both dual enrollment and complete scholarship applications and essays, etc.?”...
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Do you REALLY need that test?

Do you REALLY need that test?
The SAT and ACT are college admission tests, used for college admission purposes.  Some colleges will want those test scores even if your child is older, in order for them to enter for an undergraduate degree.  Because it's hard to forecast the future, I suggest giving one of those tests to students regardless of the situation.  Although it's relatively painless to take the test as a high school student, it would be much more painful to...
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Why did you decide to homeschool high school?

Why did you decide to homeschool high school?
I hesitated to start because I didn't want to be over-protective.  My younger son is anaphylactic to peanuts.  He is one of those children you read about that could die if exposed to the smallest, microscopic speck of peanut. I didn’t want to over-protect my children, and it was very difficult to balance protecting him from a life-threatening allergy and over-protecting him so he didn’t know how to care for his own life-long condition. I hesitated...
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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...
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How Important is the SAT for College Scholarships?

How Important is the SAT for College Scholarships?
How important is the SAT for college scholarships? Is it possible for a student to qualify for scholarships without having an SAT score? Let me explain, I have a child who will probably do some dual enrollment during her junior and senior year. If I understand that correctly, she  won't HAVE to take a SAT (will she)? If she doesn't, will that knock her out of potential scholarships at other schools? ~ Nicole Yes.  It is...
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Do You Really NEED to Take College Admissions Tests?

Do You Really NEED to Take College Admissions Tests?
Do you really NEED to take college admission tests?  Even when you have dual enrollment in a community college? Quick question. If my daughter is in the Running Start program,  doing dual enrollment, and will enter college as a transfer student, does she need to take the SAT? Thank you in advance, Leslie Dear Leslie, Quick answer:  yes! Long answer:  She doesn't rally "have to" take the SAT in that position, but it will help.  If...
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Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships

Dual Enrollment and Freshman Scholarships
One small detail about going to college as a freshman means you have to remain a freshman until you begin at the University.  Taking college classes within the context of dual enrollment is fine.  When college classes are counted toward high school courses, then they are counted as high school courses, and the student is still considered a freshman in terms of the university admission.  In senior year, you can take college classes that are placed...
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Community College and Final Desperate Appeal!

Community College and Final Desperate Appeal!
When I speak to groups, I sometimes express my dissatisfaction with dual enrollment community college.  In Washington State, students can access this opportunity for free, and it's called "Running Start."  Extremely popular with homeschoolers, I often get asked why I am hesitant about such programs. My feeling about Running Start is that it's often a "Rated R" environment, even when you control the teacher AND the curriculum.  If I could do my life over, I wish...
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Ready for Community College?

Ready for Community College?
Joyce asked:  Do you believe that the risk is community college itself (i.e., is it WORSE than the universities in moral issues - which I cannot imagine!) or is it the age at which our h.s. juniors and seniors are when they encounter it?  I'd really like to hear what you think about this. Dear Joyce, I do NOT believe that the experience at community college has anything at all do do with the age of...
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What is "Running Start?"

What is "Running Start?"
Running Start is a Washington State dual enrollment program, which allows students to attend community college while in high school, paid for by the state.  The good news is that it's paid for by the state, it's college level, and it looks good on a college application.  The bad news is that it can be just like public school, with all the same issues of a public school.  In addition, they oftentimes have even more of...
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