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An Infographic for Planning College Prep High School Classes

An Infographic for Planning College Prep High School Classes
Here are general guidelines to help you plan high school courses. English Provide 4 years of reading and writing at your child's level. This can inclu...
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Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements

Washington State Homeschool Graduation Requirements
For many homeschoolers, college follows shortly after graduation. Gaining college admission and scholarships is the concluding act of your homeschooling career. Let me show you how to do it. Click to register for my free class: College Applications Simply ExplainedHomeschool law may not be the same as the law covering public or private schools. In Washington State, for example, public school is covered in one area of the law, and homeschool law is covered in an entirely different...
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Lisa Lane
I have been seeing that the high schools are changing their graduation requirements for different graduating years. For example, ... Read More
Monday, 24 February 2020 23:38
Lee Binz
Hi Lisa! Robin is absolutely correct - you only need to follow homeschool law graduation requirements, not public school graduatio... Read More
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 18:47
Robin
Hi Lisa, Thanks for your comment! You identified a really important point - all homeschool parents must watch homeschool current e... Read More
Tuesday, 25 February 2020 00:25
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Homeschool Foreign Language Requirements

Homeschool Foreign Language Requirements
Washington State requires 11 basic subjects during the 12 years of school.  The 11 required subjects are reading, writing, spelling, language, math, science, social studies, history, health, occupational education, and art and music appreciation. Do you notice anything that seems to be missing?  Linda did! I notice you didn't list a foreign language; once again is that only required for college entry but not for high school graduation?~Linda in WashingtonForeign language is not required from homeschoolers...
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Guest — Katherine
My daughter is really enjoying French with PowerSpeak this year! Thanks for your help in choosing language curriculum!
Tuesday, 29 September 2009 01:35
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How Much Should My Homeschooler Write in High School?

How Much Should My Homeschooler Write in High School?
Ann emailed me to clarify her email address for my newsletter, and asked this question for my blog:As long as I'm writing, how many papers do you think a 10th grader and 12th grader should be writing in English? We were signed up with (an online program) and they required 24 plus a term paper. I'm trying to do it on my own this year, and I have no idea what is a typical number of...
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Guest — J W
Believe me, I told her that her writing is a gift, and I told her not to change! It's just that 6 paragraphs takes longer to edit... Read More
Thursday, 04 December 2008 17:14
Guest — Lee
Hi Joelle, First of all, I have REALLY missed you at church, and really REALLY missed you at choir! Secondly, surely you know th... Read More
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 20:13
Guest — J W
And how do you get a child to quit writing 6 paragraphs when one will suffice? ;-) That's our brand of "annoyance" (see http://w... Read More
Wednesday, 03 December 2008 19:56
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High School Graduation Requirements

High School Graduation Requirements
I saw this article in the morning paper about Washington State developing stricter criteria for graduation.They are thinking about increasing the graduation requirements to match college admission requirements, so that more kids can go to college.  The high schools are hearing from businesses and colleges that their students are not prepared for college OR for the work force.  This is their solution to making sure the kids are educated in high school.  The problem?  They haven't...
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Guest — valerie
The other problem with these kids like my ds who is special ed are now going to be doomed to a lifetime of mennial jobs because th... Read More
Friday, 15 August 2008 11:07
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Give 110% to the College of your Choice!

Give 110% to the College of your Choice!
Karen asks: "I wonder if you could post something explaining the shift of colleges from a 4.0 grading scale to the whatever-it-is-now! I can't understand why a 4.0 student now is not the top of his class, and how this all fits into meeting college requirements for seniors." Back in the good ol' days, giving 100% meant giving it your all. And back in the good ol' days, getting a 4.0 in high school was a...
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Guest — Lee
Julia, You can read the AP policy here: http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html Blessings, Lee... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 12:08
Guest — Julia
Hi Lee, I found this article while doing research for my cousin. She was home-schooled in a rural environment through high schoo... Read More
Friday, 24 August 2012 08:09
Guest — Lee
Dear Karen, Excellent question, and I'll talk about that on tomorrow's blog post. I've heard wonderful things about Tapestry of G... Read More
Tuesday, 27 May 2008 17:21
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