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  1. Wouldn't setting her back two years be the same as entering as a freshman without the DE credits? My eldest two earned a bunch of credits while in high school (one chose to earn an AA and the other just had over 100 credits) and both still chose to spend four years at university earning their undergraduate degrees. My third dd plans to save one year at university by entering with her AA.
  2. So far about 50/50 here. In both cases the professors were given some choice on how they wanted to teach this semester. One dd has an indoor mask mandate and vaccination or weekly testing requirement. She has one class that was always going to be online, one that switched to zoom (not too happy as it is a 4000 level language class) two in-person, but one switched to one day a week instead of two. Second dd has an indoor mask mandate but no vaccination/testing requirement. One class was always going to be online, the second is in person, the third chose to do the first two weeks over zoom with the intention of switching to in-person on week three if the covid numbers are reasonable. This is a lab class, so she is really hoping they at least meet once a week for lab. Her fourth class was supposed to meet three times per week, twice for lecture and once for lab. It is meeting once per week in the lab and the professor is doing lecture and lab at that time. The rest of the week is online. We are in week two now. No major issues yet at either college.
  3. I have found this to be true in my circumstances. I am reluctantly back in school for some of the reasons listed in this thread. Surprisingly, (to me anyway) 25% of my cohort are, like me, women over 45 with grown children, just starting a career or new career. Another 25% are women 30-45 with children at home (none homeschooled). In my local, close friend group, every single one of us is obtaining additional education or skills for a midlife career change.
  4. Yes, we're very lucky here. The school he is zoned for told me they do not offer that exam, but gave me the name of the public school where their students who use FLVS or study independently take the exam. We actually live closer to that school than our zoned school. I reached out to them and they were fine with him sitting it there.
  5. I'm sorry. I don't want to sound like I am complaining when others cannot find a spot to take the exams, however, my local public school says my son can take the exams for $96 per exam. That seems high to me. None of my daughters took AP classes. Is that a reasonable price?
  6. Is this a private school? I cannot imagine any public high school approving such a plan. What I would do - Tell my daughter exactly what I've been told, including what she would be doing and who would be driving, and ask her if she would like to participate.
  7. My son took Algebra I last year and is taking Algebra II this year. Yes, the bulk of the teaching was in the live lesson (but last year there were two live lessons per week) and yes, they were optional. There is no penalty to watching the video recording instead or just doing the assignments without any instruction. Some kids just didn't need the direct instruction and never came to the live lessons. There is usually a discussion board question each week and a response to those is always required. Last year there was one study hall per week, but this year there are three. Study halls were great, too. The instructor would go over whatever the students had questions about. Those were also optional.
  8. I'm seeing the same thing here. I'm in Florida. And in this county the public schools start back in two days. No surprise seeing an increase in homeschooling in these two states. 😞
  9. The cheap spiral notebooks from Walmart/Target. We buy a bunch each August. Mostly college ruled, but graph paper spirals for math. My kids use a separate notebook for each subject. At home, the kids also use one folder per subject if there are any loose leaf papers involved. My dd in college prefers one slim accordion folder with several pockets for all loose papers. She still uses one notebook per subject. But, honestly, my kids do most of their work and keep most of their notes on the computer. Only math needs multiple notebooks in a year - usually three or four.
  10. She originally had an appointment at the local hospital, but the negative test must be within three days of flight. So she needs the results to be back in under 48 hours in order for the test to still fall within the three day requirement for her connecting flight. Only the walk in clinics can give results that quickly. Many people are in a similar position and flying out at the same time. She was there for a term at university. The dorms are closing and everyone needs to leave the same week. All of the US students were just notified last weekend that they would need the negative test. She plans to be there when they open on Monday, but I would imagine many students will have the same plan.
  11. You will need a negative COVID test to fly back to the US, even with a vaccination card. I have a daughter flying home next week. When she left only a vaccination card was needed, but now she needs to get tested this Monday. I'm not too excited about this as she has to go to a local medical clinic to get tested. The clinic is a walk-in only. I cringe to think how many people (and germs, not just COVID) will be at a no appointment, walk-in clinic. And she has to get the results printed in English (as well as the local language) which they were not able to confirm they could do. (At least you shouldn't have that issue.)
  12. Or just sign her up for a standard ACT or SAT. You don't need permission from the school for either of these.
  13. It sounds like an open door or open window alarm. If you are starting to leave your windows and doors open the neighbors are probably doing the same. It could be that it is an older person/couple that lives in the house and they cannot hear the alarm anymore themselves. If it is going off at night when you are trying to sleep you can call the police non-emergency number. In our county they will go out and investigate for you (assuming it is a slow night for them.)
  14. I had this job while in college. The pay was decent then, not union in Florida though. At our center it was 16 hours a week. 4am - 8am four days per week. There were all ages there. It was a part time college job for many, but also a second job or extra income for many people 30s to 40s. It is loud as there are lots of belts running and semis unloading as you load all the trucks. Some of the packages are heavy. You have to be able to quickly read zip codes/addresses in order to sort/load the packages quickly. It was a little stressful, at least where I worked, because there is a supervisor standing on a deck above all of the workers. The supervisor takes daily recordings of your loading speed (number of packages sorted or loaded in a specific amount of time) and if you aren't working fast enough you will be fired. I believe you could take one five minute break per shift. I have no idea whether all of that is standard or just the way it was run where I worked.
  15. All three of mine started in Intermediate Algebra despite PERT placement. The pace for both Intermediate and College Algebra is much faster than high school classes. I wanted them to get a solid math foundation and acclimate to the amount of material and homework covered in a week before jumping into all new information. I also don't trust the PERT to be particularly accurate at placing students. In this county students can also dual enroll the summer between junior and senior year, so they have five semesters. Maybe that is an option for you as well? Statistics is a good summer course.
  16. I've found that one of the real benefits of homeschooling, when it comes to college applications, is the ability to decide on an individual basis what the high school transcript will look like. My son will have 16 elective credits - all of them fine arts credits. I felt this was a way to really showcase the depth and variety of his arts background and support his portfolio. I am not putting any additional electives such as health or PE as I feel it would take away from the transcript and those type activities will show up in other areas of the application through his jobs, volunteer work and extra-curricular activities. I made different decisions about what the transcript would look like for each of my children based on their differing focuses while in high school. ETA - Each of his art classes is a 0.5 credit, though eight of the sixteen classes will be DE classes, so a total of eight credits of fine arts on his high school transcript. 🙂
  17. How far are they running and biking? Most kids triathlons are fairly short distances. A mile run and three or so miles on the bike. It doesn't sound like any of the training is too intense. If they keep with triathlons, it does become an issue later on. And it is important that they get enough sleep. Trying to give my son the amount of time needed for sleep has been our biggest challenge in high school.
  18. I personally would not attempt to homeschool a high school student that did not want to be homeschooled. I would be very fearful of how that might jeopardize my future relationship with my child. Though I agree you could try and convince them if you want them back home again. I had one that chose to go to high school for 9th and 10th grade and has now chosen to homeschool for 11th and 12th grade. But that is only because we have the option of dual enrollment here. She would never have come home again to be schooled by me or to take online classes. Due to these choices her grades are not as good as her three siblings, but our relationship is better without me trying to instruct her. She is just as ambitious as her siblings and she has other qualities and skills that will offset her grades when she applies to colleges. I feel confident she will find her way.
  19. She's not applying to any top tier or private schools, just state universities. Honestly, I had to laugh trying to picture my daughter's face if I suggested she apply to 20+ colleges. We would definitely be using the common application! One of my daughter's friends was pushed to apply to eleven colleges last year and her friend group was shocked and showered her with sympathy for such torture. 😂 Most kids here apply to the state flagship (which is local) and one or two other universities. She only wants to apply to two herself, but even state universities are not a guarantee anymore. All three that she will be applying to now have acceptance rates under 50%.
  20. I never did the common application for my first two girls. My third is getting ready to start college applications. She is planning to apply to three universities. If all three accept either the common application or their own application should she just do the common application? I have heard so many negative things about it and we haven't found the state university applications to be too difficult, but it has been a few years and two of the three universities are schools neither of her sisters applied to anyway. Has the common application gotten easier since it was first introduced? And it looks like she could start the common application now? I don't want to have her create an account if she isn't going to use it. I'm guessing it opens her email up to quite a bit of spam.
  21. Ours is the same. She could have graduated with her bachelor's in one semester if she wanted an English degree. However, as she had a full tuition scholarship she chose to go into advertising instead. ETA: Actually ours are a little less. Most four and five credit hour DE classes equate to one high school credit, but many of our three credit hour DE classes are only given a half credit of high school credit - nearly all humanities/social studies/history classes are only given a half credit. ACCAgenda02142020-AppB.pdf
  22. Looking at my children, it is the public schools that are padding the transcripts. Lol DD1 - 24.5 high school credits (117 college credits through DE) homeschooled DD2 - 29.5 high school credits (70 college credits through DE) homeschooled DD3 - 36 high school credits (75 college credits through DE) public schooled 9th & 10th, homeschooled 11th & 12th DS1 - 30 high school credits (60 college credits through DE) homeschooled (planned only, as he is entering 10th)
  23. If he had actually taken the class DE or if we had even worked through a college algebra text for 100+ hours at home I would have awarded him a full credit. For myself, I'm not comfortable giving credits for testing out of a subject. The modern states class is a four week review. We will do enough additional study on top of that for me to be comfortable giving him a half credit only because he needs these credits to apply to university. If he didn't I would leave them off. Hopefully he will also test out of College Comp I and II using CLEP simply based on his skills without taking any classes specifically labelled as college level English classes. That will not show up anywhere in his high school transcript as he will already have enough English credits. I know in the link it says that each college class equals a high school credit, but in Florida the state has put out an equivalency list and most classes are actually a half credit (though College Algebra is one that equates to a full college credit when taken DE). All of his classes next year are outsourced. I am just listing them on his transcript the same as they are listed on the websites. Some are presented as honors classes and others are not. I'm not going to raise a class to honors status for passing the CLEP. However, if I were teaching it at home I would be comfortable naming it as honors if he passed the CLEP. ☺️
  24. I was just thinking about this myself. My son is going to be the first of my children to take CLEP exams. I am planning to give him a half credit each for the two math CLEPs because otherwise he will not have the four math credits needed to apply to our state universities. He will do the Modern States prep classes and he will do additional prep at home with me to justify the credits. So his transcript will have a half credit of College Algebra and a half credit of College Mathematics. The other CLEPs I will not give credit for because he will have had a class beforehand - government, American history, etc. and he does not need any additional credits in those subjects.
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