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  1. I have used these Math Mate workbooks for mixed review. They follow the Australian curriculum and have one page per day of problems. They do include word problems and geometry but I'm not sure if they go high enough for what you are looking for.
  2. I was curious about your situation as some states have mandated credit for AP classes for scores of 3 and above for public colleges and universities. Apparently, Virginia has not mandated credit but it looks like the Virginia Community College system should give credit for the AP Calc class (see below from Board of Governors website). What does the AP credit policy show for the particular community college? I would imagine they need to abide by that policy. https://go.boarddocs.com/va/vccs/Board.nsf/Public (see Section 5 - Educational Programs) Credit for Prior Learning (C)
  3. I am really curious how this is going to work for English Language, The traditional FRQ is a 40+ minute essay but a single essay wouldn't be a fair guage of the course content. Maybe shorter FRQs similar to the Multiple Choice questions but without any choices given. I sure hope they are outsourcing the infrastructure to support all these online tests for over a million students. Their recent in-house infrastructrure couldn't even support large numbers of students logging in to get exam scores each year as they have to stagger the access across a week. This could be a complete debacle if
  4. Apparently the College Board has been surveying students as to whether they would prefer a 45 minute online MC or FRQ test. There seem to be at least two versions of the emails - one for the MC option and one for the FRQ option. It seems that the MC option would be easier to administer - you could randomize the questions and grade it automatically. Curious why they would choose 45 minutes as the time limit - this is much less than the current exams, especially for the FRQ. I think this is a move in the right direction but they definitely need to extend the testing window for many student
  5. The College Board has issued a statement regarding AP testing. Looks like they plan on staying with original exam dates and permitting some flexibility for later testing on case by case basis. I don't really think this will hold as more schools close or extend closures from the original two weeks. In Washington State, schools are closed until at least April 24.. This doesn't give much time for AP prep unless instruction continues online. I hope they don't cancel as we have spent a lot of time preparing but it seems like there will a lot of disparity in student preparation with current cha
  6. I'm stressed - this is my first senior. Of course, just my luck the #1 choice uses the Coalition app instead of the Common app so now we have to make sure we get all the pieces in place for both. Still trying to finalize the college list. DS would be happy with two but I think we need to have some other alternatives just in case. Here's where we are at:First deadline - Nov 1 (others due Nov 15 and later)App Activities Listing - Ds is working on this. LOR - Completed. Counselor Letter - Working on this. All the samples I read are not helping me. School profile - CompletedTranscript - Alm
  7. Mostly looking for information on the general atmosphere/culture on campus.
  8. Margaret - Wondering if you have any updates on your dd's experience at Norwich. My ds is really interested in Cybersecurity and they appear highly ranked in that regard. He also loves cold weather. I don't think he's interested in the Cadets at this time but we just started researching.
  9. My ds is a senior interested in Computer Science. We are aiming for our in state school University of Washington. However, CS is very competitive for admissions there right now and they basically say don't come if you don't get admitted directly as a freshman. So, I am looking for some other safeties in the mountain states where tuition would be low due to the WUE program. Does anyone have any anecdotal experience with University of Utah, Universtiy of Idaho, or Montana?
  10. Excelsior Academy has a class called WWII: Stories and Analysis at Excelsior. that focuses on military history. It's taught by Gene Doremus. There is also Battles that Changed the World. At Open Tent Academy, they have International Justice. Big River Academy has a few Criminology classes as well.
  11. When I signed up for a teacher's account, I did it under the Washington State Homeschool code. I have access to reports on all the subjects in which I submitted an approved syllabus. The reports show all the students who took the tests using the Homeschool code including my sons. Since they took 5 exams this year, I was able to see the number of participants and scores for each of those exams. I was also able to look at last year's reports as well. The reports list the actual scores and grade level for each student and also show a comparison with overall State and National statistics. Art His
  12. Thank you for posting this. I didn't realize we could access scores that way. I'm surprised how few homeschoolers take APs in my state - even the popular exams only had 3 or 4 students. I guess everyone does dual enrollment instead.
  13. 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.
  14. 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 sai
  15. 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 qua
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. If you're going with Notgrass, you might find used copies at a discount on ebay and homeschoolclassifieds
  20. How about Paradigm Accelerated World History? Well written and straight forward survey course. Also available on Rainbow Resource and CBD.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
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