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Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?

Online Classes, Community College, AP, or CLEP?
Are you wondering just what to do next? There are so many options for your homeschooled child!I remember what it felt like to worry around in circles over these options! Choosing between community college, AP courses , CLEP exams, online classes, and other options depends on your child. I have recommended each option to different homeschoolers.When you're making the decision for your family, take a step back and think about what your goals are for your child. If...
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Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!

Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School!
Three Months of College Can Equal One Year of High School! In community college, they don't spend a whole year working through a calculus textbook; they spend three months. Students in community college also don't go through a level of French in one year, they spend three months, instead. It takes a whole year to get a credit in high school American History. In college, you can finish the course in a quarter or semester. Students will usually take three...
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Guest — Debbie
My experience with community college classes began after I (a mom of three, my oldest daughter finishing her Senior year) graduate... Read More
Thursday, 20 August 2015 08:36
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Debbie, Thank you for sharing your experience! Lee says we should always prepare our children for college, because of that ve... Read More
Friday, 21 August 2015 00:37
Guest — Nancie
My daughter is taking dual enrollment at our Jr College, but she is only allowed to take 6 units/ 7 with permission of the Dean. ... Read More
Monday, 04 May 2015 11:06
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Our Community College Stories

Our Community College Stories
I go to a lot of college fairs in my business. At one community college, I was taken aside and warned to tell homeschoolers not to send their young children to community college!  I was told felons, including predators, were known to be on campus, and the staff worry about innocent homeschoolers.Although my children started attending community college early, they were well prepared for college. While there were some positive aspects to community college, they also had...
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Guest — Robyn Campbell
We have had a mixed reaction to our child's CC experience. The thing that worries me is how I see her changing. And she doesn't se... Read More
Tuesday, 13 October 2015 10:05
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Oh, Robyn! I'm so sorry! I have watched SO MANY of my homeschooling friends go through the same thing! It's disheartening, I know!... Read More
Wednesday, 14 October 2015 21:25
Guest — Lisa
I think this could apply to any college be it a community one or not.
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 07:41
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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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Recent Homeschool Graduate Discusses Community College

Recent Homeschool Graduate Discusses Community College
I have written extensively about community college, and how it can be a "Rated R" environment.  I'm the first to admit that my opinion is a little uncommon, and that many homeschooler have great success with dual enrollment community college.  I express concerns that community college may include some inappropriate content, perhaps including sexual or profane language from teachers, students, or curriculum.  It may include crude behavior by other students, or presentation of values that may...
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Guest — Jessica
Thank you for your article, it has been helpful to me in deciding whether I should allow my 13yr son to begin CC next year. I'm ac... Read More
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 05:18
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
Dear Jessica, I hope Elizabeth sees your comment, but it's been three years since this article was posted, so she may not. Lee wro... Read More
Wednesday, 17 February 2016 21:08
Guest — Rebecca E.
I was not homeschooled, but I do now homeschool my children. I attended an elite women's liberal arts school on the East Coast, a... Read More
Monday, 22 July 2013 17:01
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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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CLEP, AP, or Community College?

CLEP, AP, or Community College?
When you are looking at using CLEP, AP, or Community College, you may wonder which one is best.  "Best" is not always easy to decipher.I'll tell you the big truth about all of this:  it depends on the college your child will ultimately attend.  If you ask 10 different colleges, you might get 10 different answers.  Some very prestigious colleges feel the same way about AP exams and community college classes.  It's almost impossible to tell....
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Guest — Lee
Mary, yes, one transcript for all the colleges. You can make it look just perfect for your top choice college, but use that same v... Read More
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 06:59
Guest — Mary
I assume we need to have one transcript that is the same and is sent to all the colleges we apply to...correct? It would be so ni... Read More
Monday, 18 August 2014 18:34
Guest — Lee
Margie, Ron is correct, but only SOME colleges limit credits, and it's not ALL state colleges. Every college will have unique re... Read More
Tuesday, 20 August 2013 08:51
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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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Important Dates

Important Dates
Seniors – Fill out an application for College and Register for TestsIt normally takes a rather long time to finish a college application form. Get started right now, and mail the application in as soon as the colleges begin taking applications. Financial decisions could possibly turn out to be made “first come first served” and applying early might possibly enable you to obtain the most beneficial financial aid package. Sign up for ACT test by September...
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Guest — J W
I know - and I've watched your business grow from day one, I've read your Home Scholar blog all these years, I have at least one o... Read More
Tuesday, 30 August 2011 06:03
Guest — Lee
Joelle, that is SO EXCITING! I knew your sweetie was getting TALL but she's also getting older at the same time?? How does that ... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 20:30
Guest — J W
I copied this text to my personal files and bookmarked this page so I can have a rough idea of what to do when. We now officially... Read More
Monday, 29 August 2011 18:14
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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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Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada

Lovely Landmines: Community College Experience in Canada
Eunice had some feedback about my  blog post "What’s Next? 8 Options After High School" http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/8-options-high-school/5374/She provided a great argument in favor of community college.  This would be good to compare and contrast with my article Facing the Community College Fad - http://www.thehomescholar.com/recent-articles/community-college-fad.phpPlease read Eunice's experience with community college, then leave a comment and share your opinion and experiences!  It's important to share information with each other, so each parent has as much data as possible...
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Teen Wants to go to Public School

Teen Wants to go to Public School
There are certainly some challenging things that can happen to homeschoolers.  One of the biggest challenges is a child that wants to go to public school.  Nobody will have the answer for you, and nobody can solve this problem.  It's something you just have to work through - and pray over.  If you are in the midst of the struggle, I can consult with you on the phone if you are a Gold Care Club member....
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Strategy for Community College Classes

Strategy for Community College Classes
When thinking about community college credits, it can be useful to think about it being "proof" or external documentation of the different areas of education.  When you look at it that way, you want to have at least one class in each of the following areas: * English* Math Social Studies/History Science with Lab Foreign Language PE Fine ArtMath and foreign language are especially difficult at that level, because they move so much faster than high...
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[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Bethany LeBedz, Lee Binz. Lee Binz said: #Homeschool strategy for community college cl... Read More
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Facing The Community College Fad

Facing The Community College Fad
My recent newsletter included an article called Facing the Community College Fad.  It's always good to keep your eyes open when looking at any situation you think may be appropriate for your children.  If you have ever considered community college, this will be a thought-provoking article for you. There are a couple of things I wanted to share about that September 1st edition of my newsletter.Feedback on Community College ArticleThank you for going against the tide...
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Guest — Ivette
I appreciate the "other side of the coin" in your article. I think it is only fair to point out that a 4 year college is not much ... Read More
Tuesday, 28 April 2015 09:23
Guest — Assistant to The HomeScholar
You're right, Ivette! That's why Lee really stresses making visits to colleges (whether children attend community college or not) ... Read More
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 01:27
Guest — Marissa
It's unfortunate to hear such "horror" stories about ones experience at a community college, but I have to disagree that they are ... Read More
Tuesday, 18 November 2014 06:52
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Community College or Homeschool College?

Community College or Homeschool College?
It's difficult to decide between community college and credit by examination.  One reader had some tremendous trouble with community  college, and was asking about CollegePlus! as an alternative. Hello Lee,I noticed you have a link to College Plus on one of your web pages. Can you tell me anything about what you think about them as an option to community college? Or what other options you are referring to when you mention Homeschool College?Two weeks into...
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Guest — Gerri
Dear Linda, I'd like to respond to your question about CollegePlus. I have personal experience with the CollegePlus program as a ... Read More
Friday, 18 June 2010 09:14
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