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What Colleges Need

What Colleges Need
Different colleges ask for different information from homeschoolers.  It can be difficult to determine what extra information they may require from you.The only way to find out is to check their website and also speak to them in person.  Some colleges will have one policy posted, but admission personnel require more or less than the posted policy.  Other colleges won't have a policy posted on their website, but the admission personnel will know the details (or...
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Weighting Grades

Weighting Grades
Weighting Grades Is the stress of weighting grades weighing you down? Let go of that burden!Teri on facebook asked this question: How to compete with the 5 pt grading scale in public school...they take a college credit type class and it's weighted at 5 pts vs 4pts for an A then their GPA can be higher than 4.0 overall. A friend told me that some exclusive/ivy league colleges aren't even looking at kids unless their GPA...
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Lee Binz
Each college is unique. Always do as your favorite college asks. That is why it is important to get to know the college. Many coll... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 14:21
Laurie Beth Keller
FWIW, I followed your advice, unweighted all grades and have "Unweighted GPA: x.x" on the transcript. My student and I called the... Read More
Friday, 06 April 2018 10:56
Guest — Homeschool High School Credits
Weighted grades are for honors classes, college courses, AP classes, etc.  Since these course are more rigorous, they have a great... Read More
Monday, 28 March 2016 00:05
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Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions

Applications, Course Descriptions, and Questions
Start your college applications early.  It can be complicated, and questions can come up.  Read how it took this mother weeks to prepare detailed course descriptions. Plan ahead, like Leanne.Hello, Lee-I have been working for weeks now preparing detailed course descriptions (like yours in your publications on the subject). I take my son to Grove City College next week for an interview.I was wondering about a course that you really only have a pass/fail grade for....
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Honors Science

Honors Science
What is honors?  When do you put honors on a title?  Is Apologia Science an honors curriculum?Is Apologia Science courses, plus labs considered honors on a high school transcript. (Biology, Chemistry, etc.) - SallyDear Sally,If the authors/publishers of your curriculum, Apologia Science, say it is a honors course, then you can call it honors.If your child passes a honors level test after taking taking the course, then you might call it honors. (AP or CLEP exam...
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Guest — J W
How about calling it "honors" if the course is better than what I had in high school? But then again, with my alma mater, that's ... Read More
Thursday, 10 November 2011 21:39
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Senior Year Grades on the Transcript

Senior Year Grades on the Transcript
Senior year feels so awkward.  You have to submit the transcript during applications, but your child is still in the middle of senior year!  What do you do with the classes they are currently taking?Hey, Lee-I wanted to tell you that Evan's interview at Grove City back in Sept. went well and the Admissions person loved my notebook with course descriptions and said that's exactly what they want to see. He said to send it when...
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Guest — Ann
hi Leanne-- If I were applying as an undergraduate, I would be very interested in Grove City! That said, I wanted to mention tha... Read More
Saturday, 05 November 2011 13:20
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A Mom's Perspective

A Mom's Perspective
We've all experienced change at one time in our life or another. Allison wrote to tell us how The HomeScholar helped her prepare for that change even before she knew she would need it!I've been following your column / blog / Facebook / emails for several months now, assuming I was preparing myself for homeschooling high school in 2 years - little did I know, my son would decide to come home from public school 3...
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Hit the Ground Running

Hit the Ground Running
The best success comes to parents who plan ahead.  What does that mean exactly?  It means parents with elementary students who "listen in" when others talk about high school.  It means middle school parents who learn how to homeschool high school BEFORE panic starts.  It means taking challenging classes each year, just in case one year you can't get everything done.  It means seizing junior year tasks with gusto.  But you know what?  Everything can still...
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Parent Training Made Easy!

Parent Training Made Easy!
Parent Training A La Carte HomeschoolThruHighSchoolThis budget-friendly solution perfect for busy homeschool parents will give you information on just one high school topic at a time. What are the classes?1. Delight Directed Learning2. Getting the Most Out of Your Homeschool This Summer3. Homeschool Planning - Your Goals this School Year4. Planning High School Courses5. Getting the BIG Scholarships6. College Scholarships for High School Credit7. Making the Grades8. High School Testing9. Finding a College10. College Admission EssaysWhat do...
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Too Many Credits

Too Many Credits
For the problem of “too many credits” you can handle it a few different ways. You can keep only the most recent credits. You can lower the credit value of all classes. You can eliminate classes that could also be considered an “activity” instead (so ballet would be an activity and not a PE credit.) You can pick and choose some classes to drop off the transcript if you have more than the usual requirements. (Drop...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Robin and June, Most high schools say that 22-24 credits is "College Prep." However, some very competitive high schools may... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:40
Guest — Robin E.
What is too many credits, and in what sort of situation would this be a draw back. If I recall correctly from your book The Easy T... Read More
Sunday, 23 October 2011 07:18
Guest — June
I wondered about this before, too. So what would you consider to be "too many"?
Friday, 21 October 2011 16:35
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Transcripts in Process

Transcripts in Process
Have you ever changed your mind?  What happens when you change your mind about a transcript?  Nothing bad, actually!If you change your mind about grades, you can change your transcript.  You are the teacher and principal and administrator, right?  And sometimes we get more information that can change how we assess a grade. You can consider your classes and transcript "in process" until the point you submit it to colleges.  Once you have submitted it to...
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Guest — Lee
Hi Kristine! Go, team, go! You can do it! Write it as a rough draft first. You can edit the class titles, grades, credits, etc... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 08:18
Guest — Kristine
Perfect encouragement, as I'm facing this right now. Although my daughter is in 11th grade, I just have scraps of paper with cours... Read More
Thursday, 20 October 2011 06:55
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How Colleges View Transcripts

How Colleges View Transcripts
Whenever colleges are looking over students to admit, it’s quite a lengthy and arduous process for them. Rather unpleasant, they point out! They typically have only a couple of minutes to make a thumbs-up or thumbs-down on an applicant. For that reason, the transcript might be the only section of information they utilize for that determination.The transcript is designed to whet their appetite. Do they want more of your student? or not?Similar to an appetizer prior...
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Guest — Lee
Dear Tee, You don't have to set up a time - if you purchased The Total Transcript Solution, you get a free 20 minute phone consult... Read More
Monday, 09 December 2013 06:39
Guest — Tee Jenkins
Thanks Lee!! I needed to read this today (December 7th, Sunday 9:43 a.m.) as I have been seriously dragging my feet on completing... Read More
Sunday, 08 December 2013 06:44
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New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution

New Bonus Feature on the Total Transcript Solution
Have you ever bought the Total Transcript Solution or The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts?  Each time we make improvements, the new and improved version is available to you, no matter how long ago you made your purchase. Recently we added a new bonus to the Total Transcript Solution: Surprise Bonus # 1 is the Emergency Transcript Solution.  Designed to help the most-panicked parents, this is a quick, "just the basics" class that can give you a...
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Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges

Transcripts the "Love Language" of Colleges
Catherine asks: How important is it to have a typical looking transcript with grades and a GPA vs a more narrative type of transcript or even one with courses listed but no grades, since our goal is mastery and so they’d all just be A’s anyway?Hi Catherine,Perhaps you might attempt to think about this a little differently. Imagine yourself being a foreign language translator. Your job is to translate what you have completed in your homeschool,...
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What is Perfect for Your Family?

What is Perfect for Your Family?
When you are making your comprehensive homeschool records, it’s a great deal like cooking Thanksgiving Dinner. There is usually a whole lot of work involved, that’s true, however there are a great number of  choices! You can find a huge number of “correct ways” to create great homeschool records! You can  choose to create your information appear the way that is JUST RIGHT for your family. I offer  options as well as templates you are able...
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What documentation does my homeschooler need?

What documentation does my homeschooler need?
Typically the transcript is extremely important. It’s the one page synopsis of your student so the college or university can give them a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” quickly. It’s a excellent strategy to have some outside documentation besides your transcript.Commonly that’s the SAT or ACT test. Sometimes it can be online classes, dual enrollment, or letters of recommendation. It depends on the college the amount of emphasis they put on tests, because each and every...
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More Encouraging Posts

  • May Gold Care Club Update

    Welcome!  Here are the new resources for this month in the Gold Care Club.

    How To Training Courses

    Quick Start: How to Homeschool Independently
    Beginner: Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 1/3
    Intermediate: Starting Strong: Freshman and Sophomore
    Advanced: How to Homeschool College
    Encouragement: Get the Most out of Your Homeschool this Summer 

    Members Only Webinar

    Beyond Academics

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  • November Gold Care Club Update

     New this month for my Gold Care Club members ...

    Gold Care Club members ... be sure to read your email for an important announcement about consultation changes for the week of Thanksgiving.

    How To Training Courses

    Quick Start :Grades and Credits
    Beginner : Preparing to Homeschool High School - Live Convention Part 3/3
    Intermediate : High School English in Plain English
    Advanced : Options After

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  • March Homeschool Calendar Reminders

    Each month there are homeschool calendar reminders that will help you in your homeschool journey! Have you looked at the calendar for March? How are you doing?

    Middle School: Get your homeschool high school started right. Keys to High School Success (Kindle Book)

    Freshmen: Start your child's activity list now so when you get to their senior year, you won't forget

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  • Homeschooling Teenagers: Choose Your Battles

    There are challenges with homeschooling teenagers. A resistant 16-year-old can certainly have an attitude, at times, that makes you want to throw in the towel! It's hard to be a Christian parent homeschooling a resistant teen who doesn't want to homeschool anymore. It may seem like an uphill battle, but there are ways to find the right path for your Read More
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Lee has three core beliefs about homeschooling: homeschooling provides the best possible learning environment; every child deserves a college-prep education whether or not they choose to go to college, and parents are capable of providing a superior education to their children. Lee does not judge your homeschool or evaluate your children. Instead, she comes alongside to help and encourage parents homeschooling high school.

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