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  1. It's nice to have teachers for a couple of different subjects he would like to highlight. My last daughter had several possibilities and always offered as many as the school allowed, though trying to keep the recs from being repetitive. Other options are a coach, a music teacher, a spiritual leader.
  2. That sounds like the way the programs we worked with functioned, though one of ours was technically a “charter school.” I understood what you meant 🙂 It May still be true that a college would ask for a transcript directly from the program from the 9th grade year or whatever. We switched programs for one daughter after 9th grade, and a couple of places asked for a transcript directly from the program. Again, unlikely to be a big deal, and I think you are probably fine to stick with your program until you want to switch out for dual enrollment purposes.
  3. I don't think it will be a big deal, but some schools may want a transcript sent directly from the cover school for any high school years in which the student is enrolled. But you would still want to list courses taken while in the charter on your own final transcript.
  4. Congratulations to your daughter, and it is great to hear about her experience. You could be a great resource for the aspiring Questbridge applicants here!
  5. Consider the possibility of the onset of an anxiety disorder or depression too. Everyday normal stressors can feel overwhelming with anxiety/depression.
  6. My degree is in nursing, and I worked as a nurse for close to a decade, but I've been out a long time now. Still pretty connected to people in the field though. I did start a nurse practitioner program at one time, though I ended that pursuit after the birth of my daughter :-) It doesn't matter where you get your degree, though it may simplify things to take the licensing exam in the state where you hope to get your first job. Not completely necessary though. There can be some hoops to jump through as you move from state to state as far as licensing, but it's not too difficult. I highly recommend doing a direct admit program if at all possible. I watched a friend's daughter have to leave school after sophomore year because she did not get her admission to the nursing program and they couldn't afford her spending an extra year at the school while waiting to apply again. I knew plenty of people back in the day paying for a fifth year of school for the same reason. Getting an additional undergraduate degree might be useful if it scratches an intellectual itch for her, but it's not likely to increase her chances of getting a clinical nursing job. Could come into play though perhaps for grad school, especially if she goes into an area other than nursing, or if she wants to do administration. If at all possible, she should carefully consider the sort of work life she envisions for herself and she if she can talk to people doing that work. Nursing really is a hard job, the hours are generally tough, and the politics are intense. The great thing about it is that you can usually find a job just about anyway, and part time work is a real possibility.
  7. The warning I give everyone considering dual enrollment (and especially for a young student like your son) is to remember that these grades will follow the student all the way through college and be on grad school applications. You do want to be quite certain that the student is well prepared to do quite well at the college. It's much easier to make academic course corrections when you are homeschooling in ways other than dual enrollment. AP classes will generally be more highly regarded by selective colleges because there is some standardization there. Quality of CC courses can vary quite significantly. This all depends on the student, of course though, and what else they bring to the table. I'd look at doing SAT subject tests before I'd do AP exams though, if you are looking at the testing as some sort of additional validation of mastery. Many selective colleges will require at least one or two subject tests anyway, while AP exams will not be required. There's really not much point in doubling up on AP and SAT subject tests unless you know he will attend somewhere where he can get credit for the AP.
  8. What is her goal here? Is she looking to do math or engineering in college? Is she just an advanced math student who needs something rigorous for senior year? Am I understanding correctly that she has completed math through Calc BC but has also done AP Stats? If she is considering engineering, I think doing more calculus at the CC is probably going to serve her better than Stats 2. Some school districts consider computer science a subject in the math category. If you are just looking to fill the math hole, and she doesn't have specific goals, that might be an option. Editing to add that I missed your last post, and now see that you are looking to "get 'er done" as far as math! If that's the case, I think the stats 2 would be fine, or comp sci if she has an interest. The AP Comp Sci through PA Homeschoolers was really quite good.
  9. It's funny, my dad just brought up this topic when we were on the phone yesterday. He played football at a now Div 1 school (I think the designations were different back then). He is quite opposed to college athletics now, at least for his grandchildren. Nephew is going to play football now at a Div 2 school, and truly his primary interest in the place is that they would take him on the team. It's a sport with a high rate of catastrophic injury, and there's no way he will be pro. So it does seem an odd choice. But, as I think I said earlier, I do understand that it can be really emotionally difficult to end involvement with a sport when you have put years of effort into it. The colleges make the kids feel like celebrities for a time too with the signing ceremonies and such.
  10. I actually really love college tours but have yet to have a child that shares this interest. And the third isn’t looking promising in that respect either 😂 Husband and I are headed to Boston this week for the marathon and I’m fighting the urge to tour schools there big time 😂😂😂
  11. Haha, I can relate. 🙂 Very cool it worked out for your young man, and exciting as he figures out the last decision. Hopefully Janeway’s son finds just the right place too.
  12. I do believe Princeton asked us specifics about the school costs for our older daughter (overlap of one year), though they use a different supplemental aid form and not the CSS. They also provided opportunity to flesh out our financial situation in general and unusual expenses we have had. I’ve described the high medical costs incurred for a family member who is no longer technically a dependent and this year I went on at some length about earthquake damage 🙂 It sounds like Yale may have some sort of formula that presumes some level of cost incurred by a dependent child regardless of actual school charges? Does seem odd. It’s a drag it’s not working out for them. The financial aid piece of the college puzzle sure can be eye opening.
  13. We are one of those $40,000 families at the vast majority of schools 🙂, and my daughter’s first year at Princeton was well under $10,000...$6500, if I recall correctly. Got many many financial aid packages (18 for second daughter) and ran tons of calculators between my own two daughters (for us, $15,000/year was pushing the limits of affordability) and the young man I was helping last year (who needed an EFC under $2500.) Carleton was on my oldest daughter’s list, though she was not accepted so we never got so far as receiving a package 🙂 We do have friends with kids at both Mac and St Olaf. All that to say, that’s where my impressions come from. It sounds like you got an amazing deal, though I’m not clear on whether our family could have afforded your package.
  14. I think the problem may come in defining great aid. 100% need met is not terribly meaningful for the typical middle class person for whom the FAFSA declares they can pay $40,000/year per kid for college. A $25,000 scholarship sounds amazing on paper but when you look at the amount left to pay, it’s just not enough for many people. Also many schools package significant loans into a full need met offer. When I think great aid, I’m thinking full tuition at minimum. But different people will define it differently, of course. We personally couldn’t afford some schools even with full tuition covered, because room and housing was so high.
  15. You need to start by figuring out your budget. Having some numbers for the cost calculators on the school websites will be helpful/important. For each school of interest, take a look at their automatic scholarships for academic achievement, and see where your son stands there. If National Merit is a possiblity, look to see what the school offers for merit. If you are willing to pay full price anywhere, well, that opens up lots of options :-) When I think of schools that offer great aid, Carleton/Macalester/St Olaf do not come to mind. One thing I would highly recommend is heading over to the financial aid forum at College Confidential and look at some of the pinned threads. UTD does offer some great aid, and has a reputation for being a good place for intellectuals. I certainly wouldn't discount it.
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