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  1. I posted a similar query a year or two ago and unfortunately got no replies. It seems like 6-8 years ago, Scholars Online was a more popular option but now with several new online academies (like WTM and Wilson Hill etc.), it's not mentioned much. From the old reviews, it seemed to get high praise for the literature and Latin/Greek classes and decidedly mixed reviews for the science classes. They used to use a text-only classroom for some their courses back then. I'm not sure if that's still true.
  2. Agree with Janeway. I don't think you're going to find a Modern History only curriculum in the format you're looking for as it's not a standard high school class. It's always good to go over history one more time to cement things better so even if your dd went through it quickly it would be worthwhile. Also, much of contemporary history hinges on some events that happened in previous centuries. However if you wanted to make it a full year course focused on more contemporary history, you could combine the second half of PACs American History curriculum and the second half of their World H
  3. Haven't tried the GC course but Udacity has a good free alternative. Introduction to Descriptive Statistics and Introduction to Inferential Statistics. These were developed originally for San Jose State as an online alternative to their Introductory Stats course. They are interactive courses i.e. watch a short video clip, answer a question or two, watch next clip, do problem set, etc.. If you don't mind the format, they do a good job covering the material in an accessible way. There is an interesting backstory to this course where many of the students failed; however, I think if you use it in
  4. Just a reminder that unlike SAT scores, you can delete AP scores if you wish. So poor scores could be deleted before an official AP report is sent to the college. Scores of 1 or 2 don't seem to garner any credit but some institutions do give credit for a 3 so I would be hesitant to delete those scores. The conventional wisdom does seem to be that AP scores carry little weight for B&M students but AP classes and grades are weighted heavily in admissions decisions. This kind of annoys me because there is often a big divergence between the two as demonstrated by the AP score distribution
  5. You can add Wasko Lit for Literature. They offer a 4 year Great Books type program. The same organization WriteatHome also offers writing instruction online.
  6. No experience with Horizon unfortunately but If he wants a workbook approach, you could also look at Fresh Approach to Algebra or CLE. These both provide a solid Algebra 1 presentation. Foersters will have a greater quantity of practical word problems but these two programs cover all the important concepts. CLE isn't exactly a workbook per se. It comes in a series of individual light units or booklets. We used it like a workbook though, writing the answers in the booklet. While more complex problems may need to be done on a separate piece of paper, many of the problems can be solved and wr
  7. I've seen a number of posts indicating homeschool students who are participating in debate or Model UN activities. How do you do this? Is it through the local high school or some other organization?
  8. If you're visiting Goucher, you might drive a little further and check out St. Mary's College of Maryland. According to their web site, they are considered the honors college of the U of MD system and function as a small liberal arts focused college. The COA is about $29,000 instate and $44,000 out of state but they do offer merit to both in and out of state applicants. No idea about the culture on campus.
  9. Posted Today, 11:45 AM 3andme, on 17 Jul 2017 - 9:21 PM, said: St. Andrews is a 4 year program. According to their brochure, it's about $34,000 a year (26,000 GBP) for tuition and room and board in the Arts & Sciences. Of course, there would be additional expense for foreign travel etc. but still a good deal when compared with many American universities at $60,000 plus. I'm keeping this in mind for oldest ds who hates cities and likes cooler climates. They have a well regarded International Relations program. Admissions for Americans seem to be fairly straight forward as long
  10. You might also consider some of the small Canadian liberal arts colleges like Mount Allison, St. Francis Xavier, Bishops Univ. The total COA in US dollars for international students is $30,000 or less. Also, St. Andrews in Scotland is a popular alternative for US students.
  11. If you need merit, take a look at Trinity University and Southwestern. They both have very generous merit and also relatively low total COA (in the low 50's). Trinity has a matrix showing gpa and scores and how much merit a student will receive. For Southwestern, you can use their NPC to determine expected merit. I'm not sure about Trinity but "Chill & Hipster" were the two most common adjectives for Southwestern on Niche.com.
  12. Could this be it? Memorizers are the lowest achievers
  13. Some other possibilities across US: South Trinity Univ (TX), Southwestern (TX), University of Dallas (TX - Private), College of Charleston (SC), Hendrix (AR), Rhodes (TN), Centre (KY), Oglethorpe (GA), Sewanee (TN), Agnes Scott (GA) NE/Mid Goucher (MD), St. Lawrence Univ (NY), Clark (MD), Sarah Lawrence (NY) Midwest St. Olaf (MN), Gustavus Adolphus (MN), Knox (IL), Ohio Wesleyan (OH), Kalamazoo (MI) West University of Puget Sound (WA), University of Redlands (CA), Willamette (OR)
  14. I feel bad for the students. This is really on the school administration. There are very specific guidelines for the seating and they just didn't follow them. It's going to be hard for students to score well after a 2 month hiatus and some of them probably can't make it due to scheduling conflicts with camps etc.
  15. Here's a list of schools that do NOT offer Merit Scholarships. This might help to cross some selective schools off right away. However, still worth checking the Net Price Calculators on these since schools like Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford may provide some need-based aid to families making up to $200,000. Ivies; Brown Cornell Columbia Dartmouth Harvard Princeton University of Pennsylvania Yale Other: Amherst Barnard Bates Bowdoin (except $2500 NM award) Caltech Carleton (except $2000 NM award) Colby (except $500 NM award) Colgate Connecticut College Georgeto
  16. If you are looking for colleges that provide merit below the full tuition level, I've found Collegedata's College Match search tool to be valuable in narrowing down the field by geographic area, selectivity, and major. You can then sort your results page by the % Merit heading at the top to find those schools that are most generous. However, I've found you often need to dig a little deeper to really understand the true merit picture. Some schools offer a small amount of merit aid to many students while others offer more generous aid to a smaller group and it's hard to discern the differe
  17. wapiti - Strange, I also remember that thread and even posted on it but couldn't find it either despite a lot of googling.
  18. I've had good luck buying college texts on ebay for significantly less than listed on Amazon. You can set an email alert when new items are posted. However, this works better when you have a few months in advance to buy the books as the deals don't pop up all the time.
  19. The College of Creative Studies at UCSB could be a hidden gem for the right student seeking an intellectual, small college experience within the large UC system. If you're looking for merit (non-need based) scholarships, Chapman, University of San Diego, and Santa Clara are worth a look. They are all mid-sized private colleges. Chapman is strong in film/entertainment studies and business. USC and some of the Claremont Colleges give merit as well but it's much more selective. Also, if you're in N. California, you might consider looking north to Oregon and Washington. There are some nic
  20. If you don't want to deal directly with a proxy server, you can try earlyscores.com or apstudents.net. These sites were created by students so I can't vouch for their technical security however they do make it easy to get your scores without a proxy. For some added protection, I changed the CB password before using it and then changed it again immediately after just in case. Good news here! 5's on Microeconomics, US History, and Comparative Govt. This is our third year doing AP tests and I feel like my ds and I have finally found a good formula for AP prep - solid subject preparation and t
  21. Score distributions have been released for about half the courses and more should be released this week as grading was completed for all exams last Friday. The history and Calculus scores should be coming up next.
  22. Trevor Packer from the College Board has just started tweeting out the new score distributions. You can also see a running summary for all tests at https://www.totalregistration.net/AP-Exam-Registration-Service/2017-AP-Exam-Score-Distributions.php
  23. If you're looking for a less common AP test, I found it's worth checking with your local school first even if they don't appear to offer it. My local school has been really accommodating and will proctor any AP exam for high school students or homeschoolers.
  24. Some schools cover APUSH over two years splitting it chronologically. and some do a first pass of all the material called Pre-AP history followed by APUSH.
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