Or university classes without testing?
Here is the back story.
Last year DD (11 1/2) started taking one art class per semester at the community college and, after a bit of a rocky start due to lack of organizational skills and unfamiliarity with non-homeschooling education, suddenly everything clicked and she is doing tremendously well. The community college has a very good art department (a greater variety of offerings than some universities I’ve looked at) and now that DD has proved she can keep up with the classes she is free to take almost any class she’s interested in.
DS (9 1/2) will start his first class at the community college in a month, 3D Graphics and Design, and we’re looking at Introduction to Programming in the spring. The community college does not have a great variety of offerings in computer and technology classes and at the rate DS is going in math and computer programming there might not be anything interesting for him by the time he’s twelve or thirteen. (Just typing that makes me panic.)
So here’s the problem: I feel like we need to relocate (my dad was in a car accident last year, cognitively he hasn’t fully recovered and I feel like I should be closer to home) and the city I’m considering only has a university, not a community college, so both children would have to take both the Compass and ACT in order to be accepted. I explained this to DD and she told me that if we move she wants to take “that test” as soon as possible so she can take art classes. She “likes being with people that are likeminded and think about art a lot” and I believe she would feel a significant void if her art classes were taken away from her. DS is fine for now with his online classes (YouthDigital, QuickStudyLabs electronics and Fun Programming) but I don’t know how long I can keep him challenged without outside help.
But if we move I just don’t know what to do about the ACT! Both children excel in their areas of interest and are working at or ahead of grade level in some subjects (DD in reading comprehension and grammar and DS in math) but neither are ready for the ACT. Could I teach to the test for a year or two and get them to narrowly pass just so they can take their classes of interest? I’m not interested in having them pursue full time college or degree seeking, but just getting the two of them into the educational opportunities they crave. Is there even the remote chance anyone would let a couple of kids take one class a semester without taking the ACT?
I’m totally stressed out about this. For years it’s been an uphill battle trying to find resources for my children, now we’re doing well at the community college and I would get this overwhelming feeling we need to move next year Even my DH isn’t sure I haven’t lost it.