Having read through the thread over on the College Board regarding average children and college, I've seen where many members have children with varying academic strengths and weaknesses. I started following this forum in the fall as my ds was applying to colleges. Wish I had started following years ago - it definitely would have affected some decisions we made. With that said, I am trying to wrap my mind around how to apply "lessons learned" to my profoundly dyslexic dd (9th grader, has a current assessment from an educational psychologist). It's going to be a whole different ball of wax with her.
1) More focus on ACT prep to get that 1-2 point bump
Problem: Dd would have to have the test read to her. At this point, I don't believe she would have the endurance to sit through 6 hours (I'm guessing here) of oral testing. I'm looking at test-optional schools for her, but the best financial deal for would be for her to go in-state/public (Georgia).
2) Satisfy at least one unit from each category of the University System of Georgia requirements through accredited options: DE, AP
4 Carnegie units of college preparatory English
4 Carnegie units of college preparatory mathematics
4 Carnegie units of college preparatory science
3 Carnegie units of college preparatory social science
2 Carnegie units of the same foreign language
2 units of American Sign Language OR
2 units of computer science3
Problem: So far, ds has gotten into every school he's applied to, but they all have been in more homeschool-friendly states. He did get into a smaller Georgia school with a high admit rate, but we are waiting to hear how the flagships play out. I feel like admittance as a homeschooler for him has been based on strong ACT scores and some accredited, economical state-funded DE and AP coursework.This plan won't work for ds unless I can get her enrolled in our local tech school's DE program.
3) Look hard at smaller, private LACs
Problem: Cost! I'm seeing there is lots of money out there for high achievers, but that's not going to be dd. Definitely will consider spending the money for her, but I would love to be able to send her in-state. Dd and I recently attended the International Dyslexia Association's Annual Conference and met with a rep from Landmark College in Vermont for students with Learning Disabilities. I would love for dd to do a bridge year there, but it costs $75,000 a year! Beacon College in Florida is less expensive but still a lot (@ $45,000?).
4) Consider other curricula choices
Problem: We have been doing Classical Conversations since 2011; a variety of curricula prior to that. I'm sure there are some more suitable choices for my dd, but meeting weekly with her peer group has done a lot to motivate this low-energy kid! She has to have an option that has built-in accountability. Due to years of struggling through interventions and tutoring for her dyslexia, we are about OVER each other! Add in perimenopausal years for me and adolescent years for her...I often wonder how we'll make it through high school!I've been reading through the curricula choices many of you list in your signature. Looks like some amazing choices out there.Considering problem #2, I'm thinking some accredited coursework might be of benefit if applying to state schools in Georgia.
5) Finding a school that fits your student's parameters
Problem: Parameters include a) smaller student body size b) excellent LD support c) majors related to students current strengths (costume design, fashion design, theater make-up design) but with enough options to allow for exploration of other careers d) in-state if possible but will consider private school if we can swing it e) test optional f) homeschool-friendly
Having posted this on the College Board, I have already received some encouraging, constructive, kind comments. Thank you in advance for any advice that you can share!