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  1. I am not worried about COVID for my kids any more than I worry about anything else for them. Looking at the data, there is very little reason for me to worry about the virus for them. If I was going to worry about this virus, I should be just as worried about the flu for them. Also, unless I want to try and shut down their lives for years over whatever small risk there is, they are going to get the virus eventually. 

    My ds is headed to the beach with friends today and I am more worried about their planned stop in Philadelphia and the rising crime rates in many cities. I'm more worried about him drowning in the ocean or getting in a car wreck. Honestly, I'm by far more worried about my kids sitting at home with nothing to do for the next year than this virus. 

    My dh is an essential employee and at far greater risk than either of my children. And yet, he goes to the office each day and we live our lives and hope for the best. Again, looking at data, chances are good he will be fine. 

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  2. I do know a local homeschooling family who was able to put their daughter into a Virginia public school in 11th grade and receive credit for the work she did in 9th and 10th grade. The girl had taken a very challenging course load and likely had testing to back up some of the work she had done. This is not the norm, though.

    On the other hand, I had a friend years ago whose stepdaughter came from Germany to live with her the summer before 10th grade and they would not accept her 9th grade work for credit. She wound up returning to Germany because she did not want to repeat 9th grade. This is the same school that later accepted the homeschooled student's credit.

    It is all dependent on the school. However, I would frankly be wary about counting on anything the school promised ahead of time. It is one thing to check out the situation and see if they would accept credits already earned when you already have a child going into 10th grade and seeing if it will work out. It is another to pull the student to homeschool based on the word of some administrator in the school system saying they will accept the kid back the next year, imo. If it was me, I wouldn't count on it working out unless the school published a statement on how they would treat students who homeschool this year or they had a track record for accepting homeschoolers part way through high school.


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  3. My ds, who did not take any AP classes, started college with a semester's worth of college credit because of CLEP testing. My dd has taken CLEP tests in macro and microeconomics this summer and received credit at the college she will be attending. 

    I wasn't aware of the Modern States vouchers, but even without those, CLEP credit is far cheaper than even a class at the community college by us. $80 for a CLEP test vs $500+ for a cc class.

    You can also sometimes get permission from the college to take a CLEP test over the summer. My ds is entering his junior year and got permission to CLEP out of sociology this summer.

    Most of my ds's CLEP tests were taken at the end of a class in classes he was strong in. So, he took Government and American history at a local coop and then studied and took the CLEP. We used the online REA practice tests and the Peterson's practice tests . We used the ACDC econ videos and practice packet for the econ classes. 

  4. On 6/6/2020 at 8:41 PM, RootAnn said:


    Looks like so far, it is a mixed bag -- some uptick in local enrollments for regional schools, much lower international enrollment, loss in OOS.



    So maybe it won’t have too much of an overall impact on most schools’ enrollment? I’m kind of surprised about that.  My sister told me last night that VA Tech is short housing for 1,900 incoming freshman again this year, which also surprised me.

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  5. My dd’s school announced yesterday that they will have all students back on campus by August 24th. They will have live classes, but practice social distancing, which should be interesting. They will also offer online options for students and faculty with health issues. They are eliminating fall break and moving to online instruction for the final week or two after Thanksgiving break.

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  6. Smart idea to have your ds register for a few extra classes than he needs to give him wiggle room to drop the ones that aren't as good. My dd's school had mentioned potentially starting later in the fall at one point, but everything they have online at the moment indicates they are planning on a normal start date. Everything is subject to change at a moment's notice I imagine.


  7. On 5/29/2020 at 6:27 PM, JadeOrchidSong said:

    He plans to go to the U of MN Twin Cities for computer science. Is that competitive enough? It is for him. He did!'t get in the DE program and is attending another college for DE. He applied to the U of MN again for DE. Unfortunately due to the virus, it is pushed back one more month at the end of June to send out their notice. He will apply this November for early application for 2021.

    Ah, well I really hope he gets in. I really was just trying to ease fears about the impact of students deferring. My ds has some lds and I was very worried about him getting into college a couple of years ago and he got in every place he applied, but none of them were highly competitive schools. (I think the lowest acceptance rate was about 60%.) My dd is a super high achiever and we skipped most of the super competitive schools because they didn't offer what she wanted. She found a lot of less competitive schools that seemed to be a better fit for what she was looking for. I overly stressed throughout the whole process with both of them.

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  8. On 5/19/2020 at 11:03 PM, JadeOrchidSong said:

    I know people learn differently and online classes may be a torture. But then next year with more students applying for college, it will be more competitive. I also wonder what they can do if they take a year off because traveling and looking for jobs both are harder now. 


    Is your son thinking of applying to super selective colleges? If not, the whole process isn't really that competitive. If he is, it's hard to imagine selective college admissions getting much more competitive than they are now anyway. 

  9. Mine will be attending, whether classes are online or not. She greatly prefers to be on campus, but there doesn't seem to be a huge upside to taking a gap year when opportunities will likely be limited for the same reason campuses would be closed. At least online classes give her some structure and opportunity for moving forward with her plans.

  10. Have you checked The Potters School? I know they offer AP Spanish Language and get good results on the AP exam. It is surprisingly difficult to find good AP Spanish classes that are offered online to homeschoolers. I'm not sure why. 

    Matroyshka on this board had offered to teach AP Spanish Lit to a bunch of students on this board, but didn't get enough of a commitment to go through with the class, I believe. She might be someone to check with.

  11. My dd really considered this class because she loved Dr. Fisher when she had her for Latin one year. But, in the end, we ruled it out because of the writing assignments. She had already done so much of that type of writing. I haven't really looked at it, so I don't know how much it's changed since we considered it, but here's the syllabus for the class. https://www.quia.com/files/quia/users/mcsueberry/MuseontheLoose/Syllabi/2017_MOTL_Syllabus

    You can find many of the Lukeion syllabi by googling "Lukeion Quia" and whatever the class name is. I've found that really helpful in determining which classes we really wanted to take.

  12. On 4/29/2020 at 9:39 AM, RootAnn said:

    I think many colleges are trying to protect their enrollments by announcing they plan on being in person in the fall. It is clear to them that graduating high schoolers do not want to start college online, and their current students don't want to continue online. So, it is to the college's advantage to say they plan to be in person.

    I hope they are, of course, but I think it is too early to really hope it will be so.


    I agree. But there does seem to be a momentum toward starting to consider to reopen things and that makes me hopeful.

  13. Both of my kids' schools -- CNU and URichmond, have let us know their first choice is to have students on campus and that if there is any way they can do that, they will. I am hoping and praying this is possible. Richmond says they will be making a decision by the beginning of July, if not sooner. CNU hasn't given us dates, but I have full faith in President Trible and if there is any way he can have the students on campus, I know the man will do it. Richmond held a webinar last night, addressing student and parent concerns and sharing their hopes and contingency plans and my dd and I felt very positive about the administration and their handling of the issue. 

    Richmond spoke about many students having asked about deferring freshman year and said they were considering even allowing a semester deferral, so that students could begin in the spring. This could be especially important for international students. Another thought they had was being open to starting the fall semester a little later than usual. 

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  14. On 4/10/2020 at 5:19 PM, regentrude said:

    Because colleges need to prepare if they want to offer GOOD online instruction that is comparable in quality to in seat. Let's face it, what is happening now is not quality online instruction - just like what parents are doing who suddenly have their kids home and are working form home is crisis schooling, not homeschooling. We do the best we can, and my students are quite happy with my classes, but I would never have structured my courses the way I did, had I designed them for online delivery from the get go.

    For example, right now, we are working on developing a version for physics labs for online instruction  for summer and perhaps fall (the resources we are inundated with by the publishers are sub par and barely high school level,). This takes time

    Frankly, I’m highly doubtful that GOOD online classes will be offered by most schools no matter how much time they have to prepare.  My kids have participated in many and the good ones have been far and few between. So, before tanking kids’ education for another semester, they could at least wait until the end of April or May to make a decision for September.. Shouldn’t 3 or 4 months be enough time to prepare for a semester-long class? Thankfully, most colleges aren’t jumping on this bandwagon yet.

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  15. On 4/13/2020 at 10:05 AM, BookwormTo2 said:

    I thought the wording on Boston University's announcement was confusing. Some students posted comments under the announcement which indicated they were confused about when classes would begin. Does it mean online classes might begin in January but physical classes won't start until Summer 2021? Or does it mean there may not be any classes this fall at BU and fall semester will be pushed off to January? 

    I read it as rather than move to online classes in the fall, they would wait until January to begin in-person classes. But I could be wrong, of course. I often am.🙂

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  16. 18 hours ago, JennyD said:

    Boston University announced, basically, a plan for a plan.  An excerpt:

    "The Recovery Plan recognizes the possibility that the beginning of the fall term may have to be delayed, and that a January reopening may be necessary, in which case summer 2021 academics would replace those now planned for fall 2020. It also accepts the possibility that international  students are likely to face unique burdens, such as travel restrictions and interruptions in the processing of visas, and it suggests that some popular master’s programs may have to be offered remotely."

    This is a far more appealing plan to me.

  17. There are a lot of schools that seem to be putting a very heavy emphasis on admissions from full pay international students. Franklin & Marshall, a school my dd applied to, gets 25% of their freshman class from China and India. The school my dd is supposed to attend also has a very large percentage of students from overseas. These schools are really going to be hurting if travel restrictions are still in effect this fall. I'm also wondering how many international students will not accept offers here because of the unknown situation we will be facing this fall.

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