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  1. You could probably also skip the workout with the battle ropes. Stay warm
  2. At least this move forces the NCAA's hand. I have read reports that college sports generated over 14 billion dollars last year, with March Madness alone generating $900 million last year for the NCAA. It is ridiculous, imo, that the athletes don't get a share of this profit. (I don't buy into the NCAA claims that these student athletes are getting a college degree in exchange for their play because most of them are not) At least now the NCAA is saying that "changes are needed". Changes have been needed for decades. It is unfortunate that the state and federal governments needed to get involved in order for these kids to be treated fairly...
  3. I doubt that the Varsity Blues Scandal is even on the NCAA's radar, especially now that California's Fair Pay to Play bill was recently signed into law. (It is about time. Hopefully other states will quickly enact similar laws.)
  4. College is a big adjustment for many kids, even those who grew up with tons of formal classroom test experiences. This is why some colleges don't even award grades the first semester - they want to give the students time to adjust. Your daughter should definitely go speak with her professor as soon as possible. Good luck and hugs to both of you.
  5. I think that was a joke (or at least I hope it was). My D was annoyed when she realized that the subject test she had just taken was being dissected on reddit before the kids on the West Coast would have been in the exam rooms. Reddit would blow up if the kids had an opportunity to redo answer questions.
  6. I agree. The ACT folks must also agree since they are not permitting kids to just register to take 4 individual tests - they must take an entire ACT test before they can register for an individual subsection sitting. I wonder if colleges will require students to submit the scores from the test taken in a single sitting, or if the students can simply submit four subscores obtained from 4 individual sittings. This move will just feed the testing frenzy and line the pockets of the ACT.
  7. In my opinion, that approach would be overwhelming and detract from the important components of the application document. Fwiw, I had one sentence in the school profile that said that subjects were studied to mastery. My kids were accepted by both state schools and private schools with no issues.
  8. My transcripts for all 3 of my kids were each one page long. I submitted multi-page course descriptions as a separate document.
  9. All three of mine were around 1.5 pages and extremely personal. Good luck to everyone going through the application process this year - it is the only thing about homeschooling that I don't miss...
  10. Lukeion Latin was my biggest online class failure - the pace was too intense ( the condensed semesters certainly didn't help), the structure was too rigid, making it difficult to be available to submit assignments, and Quia added a ton of extra-busy work . Zero regrets about dropping it. Good luck with your decision!
  11. I agree. The OP's son will definitely know where he stands once he begins reaching out to coaches. I am not familiar with the crew recruiting time-frame, but I just read an article this week stating how the recruiting process for my son's sport has accelerated since he went through the process. I thought my son was early when he accepted a slot in March of his junior year, but now, some kids are now going through the process in their sophomore year. OP, if you are not familiar with the recruiting time frame for crew, I would check in to when the process starts. A coach is given a specific number of slots by the admissions office. You want to make sure your son gets on the radars of the coaches before they give away all of their slots. Good luck!
  12. My kids would have withered as well if we would have used that approach. We did AP classes in their areas of interest and AP material was the natural progression of their studies. Many of the AP classes were also home-brewed, so they didn't have the time pressures of deadlines like they would with an online class. We also schooled year-round, with a much lighter load in the summer, which also enabled the kids to fit in their time consuming ECs and still have downtime each day. I did not have much luck when selecting online classes and ended up dropping the vast majority of them a few weeks into the class. I have read some comments over the years that people think that taking an online class or coop class "looks better" to colleges than a home-brewed class. From my conversations with coaches, the grades from an online class or coop carries no more weight than the grade that I assign in a home-brewed class - all are unknown entities to the adcoms.
  13. What are you currently doing that you are only doing because you feel like you have to in order to "play the game?" Does your son feel like he is missing the freedom of homeschooling? If he could have complete control of his education, would it look similar to how it is now? I have a son who was a 5-star recruit looking to attend highly selective colleges a few years ago. He limited his recruiting to the Ivy League (D1 "lite") and the NESCAC, so I don't have any first-hand experience with other conferences. I will share my son's journey in case you would find it useful. My son followed his passions in high school, and his transcript reflected his interests. The only time he felt like he was "doing something to look good to colleges" and "playing the game" was when I made him study a foreign language - which he did for 3 years and hated every second of it. The vast majority of his classes were "home-brewed." He did not have any DE classes. He did have high SAT scores, Subject Test scores and AP scores, though, which the coaches told him he needed to validate his transcript and get him past the admissions offices. However, these standardized tests were testing topics that he would have studied in our homeschool even if there wasn't a standardized test that tested that knowledge. The college application process is different for a recruited athlete than it is for a traditional applicant. Your son should begin reaching out to college coaches by at least the beginning of next year. I have found that the college coaches are much more forthcoming when answering questions compared to an admissions officer. The college coaches will be able to tell your son what he needs to do in order to get past the pre-read process in admissions and be offered a slot by the coach. Bottom line is that your son does not have to give up the freedom of homeschooling if he wants to continue his sport at a highly selective school. But, based on my son's experience, he will have to take a few standardized tests beyond the ACT/SAT in order to validate the grades on his homeschool transcript with the admissions office. Good luck.
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