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  1. If the College Board really believes this index is valuable, why are they keeping it hidden from students? Don't students have a right to know what kind of information is supplied on them via the CB. If personal data is used to build the index, I believe the student's should have the ability to determine if the index is supplied with their scores as it may influence the admissions decisions.
  2. The strangest thing happened today. Dropped my ds off at local high school to take the AP Art History exam. He was the only one taking it so they escorted him to a counselor's office where the counselor would proctor the exam. I arranged to pick him up after the exam. The exam starts at 12:00 and was supposed to last 3 hours. I arrive at 3:00, 3:30 passes, 4:00 rolls around and now I'm really confused - where is he? Stop in high school office to inquire and they confirm he is still taking the exam. Finally about 4:20 my son comes out. Apparently, the counselor reading from the instructions said homeschoolers get an extra hour and a half. My son told the counselor he really thought it was only 3 hours but she insisted it was 4 1/2 hours. What??? I really hope his score doesn't get cancelled for this. Earlier in the week, I had gotten an urgent call from the school regarding my request for a scribe for ds' broken hand. Scribe?? I informed them at the time that this was a mixup - he did not need any accommodations and he did not have a broken hand. Wondering if they somehow got confused again and gave him an extra time accommodation instead. Anyway, exam seemed to go okay - he was just left twiddling his thumbs during the extra time. Finally, convinced the counselor to release him from the FRQs before the time was up. This will go down as the longest AP yet. One more to go tomorrow, AP Macro, hopefully they will keep it to the scheduled two hours.
  3. If you might qualify for financial aid, I would suggest looking first at the list of schools that meet full need. Almost all of these schools would be considered reaches for even the best students in the current admissions environment although some of them might be a match. Many of these are liberal art schools that would be likely to have pretty good philosophy and classics departments. Some of these schools may also provide merit aid for those ineligible for financial aid. However, generally the more selective the school, the less likely they will offer merit. If you think you will qualify for little to no financial aid, then I would look for schools with good merit. Trinity University in San Antonio has a good reputation as a solid liberal arts univ. with good merit aid that would probably be a match. University of Dallas is a Catholic university which has a strong focus on the classics and philosophy - not sure about merit but I think this would be a match. St. Johns College (in Annapolis or Santa Fe) has a unique curriculum but might appeal. Further afield some smaller liberal arts schools that offer merit and would probably be matches: In the midwest, Lawrence, Gustavus Adolphus, Denison, College of Wooster, Knox, On the east coast, St. Lawrence Univ, Hobart and William Smith are ones that do not meet full need but do offer some financial aid as well as merit. On the larger side (5000+), try University of Tulsa, University of Rochester, Case Western, Fordham, Wake Forest, St. Louis University.
  4. Has anyone had a dc take the Admissions Essay Workshop (Maya Inspektor) at PAHS?. Or can you suggest another workshop or private consultant that can help edit/provide advice on college admission essays? I just feel like ds will not be very receptive to my input on his essays and I'm hoping to find some intermediary to help him.
  5. Hopefully Lanny will check in, I believe his daughter is graduating from Texas Tech's High School and that seemed to be a traditional correspondence course. Other possibilities include BJU (you can do the online videos/dvd or just textbook), American School, Oak Meadow and maybe BYU.
  6. Here's a link to ASU's Vietnamese Language program. It looks like they have an online class. You can also see which books they use for the Beginners Class.
  7. If you're going with Notgrass, you might find used copies at a discount on ebay and homeschoolclassifieds
  8. How about Paradigm Accelerated World History? Well written and straight forward survey course. Also available on Rainbow Resource and CBD.
  9. Uggh! I just found out from our local school district that they will no longer be proctoring exams for AP courses they don't teach at the school as they did in previous years. So now at this late date, I am trying to find a school in the Seattle area which will administer the AP World or AP Art History exam for outside students. I have contacted a number of schools so far with no luck but was hoping someone in the Seattle area might have a lead for a school which they had used in the past that would be open to homeschoolers taking the APs.
  10. Well, I guess I'm at the other end of the spectrum. My oldest was born when I was 38 so his upcoming 18th birthday makes me feel "old". I have a lot of anxiety about the whole college application process but I'm hoping it will all work out in the end. On a day to day basis, I find it difficult to know where the right balance is between nudging/pushing and hanging back as they get older. DS doesn't show too much interest in college and being independent at this time but I know things can change a lot at this age.
  11. If you are looking for AP Calc AB, someone on another thread recommended Regina London at High School Math Live.
  12. Arcadia - What has been your kids experience with the time commitment for AP Chem as a first course in Chem?
  13. Thanks for the continuing suggestions. This has been really helpful as most of these colleges have not been on my radar. Adding Fordham, Alleghany, Ursinus, St. Norbert, Norwich, Knox, Loyola Chicago, Miami Univ of Ohio, Gonzaga, and Whitworth to my research list.
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