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More Competitive with CLEP?

More Competitive with CLEP?
What about using CLEP in high school?  Wendy asked these questions after she read my blog post about Capturing CLEP Credit on a Homeschool Transcript: If a college doesn't accept CLEP courses as fulfillment of a college class, will they recognize it as fulfillment of the high school course? And will this make the student's college application more competitive? Will organizations like National Homeschool Honor Society and other "honor" societies make a student's college application more...
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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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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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Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!

Join The HomeScholar for a Twitter Party!
The HomeScholar is excited to announce that we are having our very first Twitter Party!Join us for: a chance to win giveaways from The HomeScholar enjoy some time  to talk to Lee about homeschooling high school questions chat with other homeschool moms about homeschooling high school topics and concerns Here are the party details… Date:  Thursday, November 10 When:  3 p.m.- 4 p.m.  EST Where: use the hashtag #thsparty Parties are so much fun.  We cannot wait...
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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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CLEP Results

CLEP Results
Dear Lee,If your child takes and does NOT pass a CLEP exam, does the College Board® report that to colleges that the child applies to?Thanks,Sue Sue,When your child takes the test, you can choose ahead of time to send the score or not send the score. If you send scores later, after you know they pass, it costs more money. Here’s my tips: be SURE they will pass first, by making sure they get a good...
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Our experience has been that we didn't have to choose whether to send the scores until AFTER the test anyway so it wasn't a proble... Read More
Saturday, 29 October 2011 23:42
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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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AWANA

AWANA
Awana is a wonderful program, and a great way to get Bible credit naturally in a fun activity.  I know it take a LOT of work.  Because it takes so much time and effort, I usually suggest including it on your high school transcripts.  In private schools and many homeschools, families include Bible on their transcript as a regular subject area - just like math, or science, or physical education.  On my transcript, I had Bible...
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Dear Elise, I usually count boy scouting as a PE credit, and it can also be listed as an activity. These blog posts may clarify;... Read More
Monday, 07 November 2011 15:35
Guest — Elise Knight
Great advice as usual, Lee! One question, though. I thought you had said somewhere (who knows if I just dreamed this?! : )) to o... Read More
Monday, 24 October 2011 18:49
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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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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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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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College visits are like job interviews

College visits are like job interviews
You know why it's important to visit colleges?  So you can learn more about the college and they can learn more about the student.  While visiting, make sure your student is actively engaged in the visit.  I often say that students need to "look them in the eye and give a firm handshake."  But being present is MORE than a handshake.  Karen didn't want me to identify her school, but she has allowed me to share...
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I plan to read this article with my own children. I plan to discuss the social mistakes that the teen made and what could have bee... Read More
Wednesday, 19 October 2011 15:02
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How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?

How Do you FEEL about Homeschooling High School?
Let's talk about real feelings.  How do you feel when you think about homeschooling high school?  Do any of these words sound familiar? freaked out terrified hyperventilating procrastinating confused stressed overwhelmed immobilized with fear panicky ready to run obsessed worriedDo any of these words describe what you are feeling?  Thinking about homeschooling high school can make you feel uncomfortable.  But what you really need is some down-to-earth advice.  High school is not really terrifying.  It's just...
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Guest — J W
OK. Done. Had to log a field trip and no less than six (read in as many weeks) adult nonfiction books related to the field my ch... Read More
Saturday, 15 October 2011 20:07
Guest — J W
Procrastination. So I should quit reading this blog and get some recordkeeping done, LOL!
Saturday, 15 October 2011 19:36
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Can we get real?

Can we get real?
I really appreciate when other real parents allow me to share their stories.  Recently Lois contacted me about this blog post: Our Community College Stories.  Here is the story that Lois has allowed me to share about her daughter. Interesting Lee. One area my daughter did well in was in our local Community College.Our successful method was — talking to students about the professors; getting recommendations about them in conjunction with RateMyProfessor.com. I found the latter to...
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Guest — J W
OK - just tried out a French "little kid" book by Edouard Manceau. These are great once you get used to the cursive writing. Tin... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 14:12
Guest — J W
Actually four ideas, but two of them we've implemented for quite some time. The first idea is when we learn a rule of grammar, I ... Read More
Friday, 14 October 2011 11:16
Guest — Lee
Joelle! Don't leave us hanging! What are your great ideas for French? I've got to know! Blessings, Lee
Thursday, 13 October 2011 18:47
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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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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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CLEP Success!

CLEP Success!
You can give high school credit for students who earn college credits, regardless of how old the student may be.  Of course, when I tell that to parents, half of them laugh and think, 'MY child getting college credits in high school?  HA!"  I know it's easy to be skeptical - I remember thinking that way myself!  But when kids really start to learn a subject they love, it's completely possible to reach college credits through...
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