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  1. One of my daughters took AP Bio without having taken a previous hs biology course. She did have physics and chemistry first though.
  2. Social and emotional will always win for me. I don’t really care if they have access to the highest level math class so much. But it sounds like either option in this scenario might be fine 🙂
  3. Oh, we have that one. I like it. Things aren’t perfectly dry but it’s quite good.
  4. PlansRMe daughter was accepted to Ga Tech in 2016 and attended (and I think is at Stanford now for grad school). My daughter did not attend, but was accepted in 2016 and awarded the Stamps there (and was just accepted for a Ph.D program there). They seemed very open to homeschoolers at the time that my daughter applied, though it also seemed that they wanted a certain amount of validation of grades.
  5. My daughter did precalc (Derek Owens) in 9thgrade, as well as AP US Gov. we did not use PAH though. Thinkwell was our curric (and I supplemented with many real world activities. It was a non-Covid election year 🙂 )I thought Thinkwell was good (she got a 5 on the exam), and did not come with the pressure of assignments that were due at specific times, so more flexible. Her other classes were physics, Chinese, and composition. She maintained a heavy sports schedule as well (competitive figure skating, ballet, and comp rock climbing.) Oh, and a heavy music schedule (piano and violin). All that to
  6. FWIW, I have not taught math to any of my homeschoolers past the elementary years and am somewhat surprised (and impressed) to read all these posts from people teaching themselves math. I am good at identifying curriculum and finding additional help if needed (which has only been the case for one daughter so far.) My second daughter graduated with an electrical engineering degree last year and youngest is solid in her precalc as a high school junior. I mean, you can certainly teach yourself math and that it valuable and admirable, but it’s not strictly necessary for homeschooling.
  7. Yeah, if she has not looked at what he did, that’s the first thing I would do.
  8. In that case, I would almost certainly leave the middle school courses off your older son’s transcript 🙂 He has plenty of English credits and listing the others will look like padding (if I am understanding the conversation correctly, which I very well may not! 🙂 )
  9. You've gotten a lot of good advice. I'll add a bit. As far as colleges (generally, not at every school, but certainly at more selective schools), it's important to show increasing difficulty in course content through the years. Your plan to stick with the "8th grade level" course and then test into 10th grade level would likely be fine. It would show progression. Even going into the 9th grade course after that would likely be fine, for most schools. It's important that your son learns to write, so whatever course fits his need is the course I would do. On the other topic, I will agre
  10. Oh! Well, wishing her the best of luck! The Class of '20 got a good bit of attention for the things they missed (and I have a '20 college grad, so totally get it), but I tend to think Class of '21 is getting a worse deal, in most parts of the country anyway. I'm even stressing a bit about my '22 grad, who has a personality that really needs to see places to get her mind wrapped around differences. I guess we may try some summer visits/walkarounds, depending on...various things. EA apps are going to hit fast in the fall, and fall is a terrible time from our location as far as visits.
  11. How did it go? I'm getting here late. My daughter did a few online interviews because of our distance geographically from schools. Never a full scholarship weekend online though! That is next level for sure 🙂
  12. Ah! As far as that sort of thing, my philosophy is to do it if it is affordable and meets a need/desire for the student as far as interests/passions. I would not do it if it's simply to impress a future college admissions panel. It's unlikely to be useful as far as that goes.
  13. Ah, is that the cousin that was creating the math angst recently? SIL sounds like someone you might need to tune out a bit. 🙂 Younger brother does seem to be a curious sort and his love for his brother is super sweet. In that case, I am not sure he really needs a reason why that school would not work out for older brother. It can just come down to a vague, "Brother needs a different kind of school", possibly naming a reason the other school is better for him (sports? better high school prep?) All that to say, I'd tend to simplify the answer and likely not be concerned about providing
  14. Not sure if you mean actual courses or camps. One of mine did a marine biology camp at Texas A&M Galveston. I think it was great, though she was not really in a good headspace for it (boyfriend back home). A&M had a lot of great programs, if I remember correctly. There MAY be high school credit available for some, not sure. Another daughter did an actual summer class at our local university, Calc 2. It was fine, just a faster moving version of a regular semester class.
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