I have 7 children ages 1 to 16 and have homeschooled the entire time. I have experience teaching the younger years, but preparing kids for college is new and I wondered if a few of you would be willing to take a look at our high school plans and see if this seems competitive enough for state schools like U of Texas, Texas A & M, Texas Tech, UTD (dh and I both graduated from UTD), etc. We can't afford elite schools and would be full pay so we've told the kids those are off the table.
Ds is 16 and finishing up 10th. He is interested in either electrical engineering or something business related (economics/finance).
English 1 - WWS 2
Algebra 2 - Saxon Algebra 2
Biology - Apologia thru a local class taught by physics professor
Fine Arts - Piano, Music Theory, Attendance at various performances
We did some American history with Beautiful Feet this year, but I decided not to assign a credit for it.
10th (through Classical Conversations Challenge 3)
English 2 - Shakespeare and Poetry through CC
Geometry - Saxon Advanced Math
Chemistry - Apologia, labs with CC
American History - CC
Western Civilization - going to combine philosophy and theology from CC for this credit
Logic - CC (1/2 credit)
Plans for future:
11th (through CC Challenge 4)
English 3 - Ancient Lit through CC
Pre Calculus - Foersters Precal
Physics - Saxon through CC
World History - CC
Speech and Debate - CC
Health - at home w/various courses such as gun safety, first aid, driver's ed, and reading assignments (1/2 credit)
Engl 1301 - community college
Calculus - Foresters Calculus
Chem 1411 - community college
Gov 1301 - community college
Econ 1301 - community college
Spanish 1301 - community college
Spanish 1302 - community college (Spanish at home didn't work out in 9th grade and Latin was a flop this year, so we've unfortunately put it off to the end. He's more than capable of learning it, though.)
He'll also have 1/2 credit each year for competitive home school basketball. He's competed in regional and national tournaments each year, and he won regional awards both freshman and sophomore year. His team won the regional championship this year.
Total credits = 24
Knowing him, I anticipate a GPA around 3.75, which is what he has now.
He'll have 2 years work experience, which I've heard is a plus.
I've told him to select a place to begin volunteering regularly with the goal of amassing 50-100 volunteer hours.
10th grade PSAT score was an 1150. We are going to work at least 2 hrs a day all summer to bring this up. The goal is 1350.
Does this seem like enough to reach our goals? I've been researching this on my own and it seems to meet college admission guidelines, yet I see others doing quite a bit more.
Edited by Jazzy, 21 April 2017 - 01:18 PM.