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  1. Probably, though I’m not happy about early registration. The schools we are looking at give credit. I am questioning at least one for which taking credit might not be desirable in the proposed major. Aside from the question of whether an AP course is even worthwhile in itself, I do think that the exam prep has some positives. It provides motivation to throughly review the material. It’s not so unlike studying for college finals, even with the AP format. I do question how motivated seniors will be to study for very many of them, though. There is a short list of AP exams I would never have my kids bother with.
  2. I think the only reasons to keep math tests and other work would be a) if you think you might pursue an accredited diploma for your homeschool later in high school b) you think you might switch from homeschooling to a brick and mortar high school before graduation or c) an umbrella school that requires it. Keeping English papers or some lab reports is something I’ve seen recommended as something a very few colleges might ask for.
  3. Maybe. It depends how the data is put together, but from my quick look I thought it said it was for the neighborhood the school is in, which could be better or worse than the neighborhoods the students live in.
  4. I’m looking through it now and thinking along these lines, but I don’t see much from the PDF that is pertinent to my family as homeschoolers, other than the few things I already included, like size of town, average SAT scores for the local school system, and availability of public school classes and sports. I shake my head at some of the things in Landscape and wonder how colleges will use them and how they could honestly be meaningful for college selection. The crime indicator, for instance.
  5. We set up the student account the same way, same code. I would think the universal ACT code for homeschool would be fine, too, but the link that came up with the “school not listed” button doesn’t seem to show any homeschool codes, and I honestly didn’t think of looking it up and using it. It could be that the ACT homeschool code is actually the correct thing to do. If so, this needs to be spelled out better on the site. I may be contacting them, too. Edit: I found a link that makes me feel more confident that I am on the right track. It spells out more thoroughly what is in the other link, though it does not mention the 999999 code. They do not make any of this easy to find. There are a lot of help topics I have looked through over the last few weeks, but I only found these particular ones when I googled. It seems like you should be able to edit the school code(s) for one or both of you to be the same, whichever ones you decide on.
  6. I am going through this for the first time, but haven’t submitted yet so don’t have a success story to share. I did not use any CEEB codes. I ended up with the 999999 code and was able to check off “homeschooled” and then enter a school name if desired. I followed the instructions in this link: -#2 addresses “if you are homeschooled”- which suggest to not use the universal homeschooled ACT code, and ended up with the 999999 code. There is another help link somewhere that indicates this code is also the correct one when your school doesn’t show up anywhere. I don’t see anywhere that it says it is invalid. As to whether it matters whether your codes match your student’s, I don’t know. Have you tried to link up her transcript yet, will it let you? I saw an older thread here that there was a problem when the recommender didn’t match the student for codes, but I would hope that has been resolved by now. I hope you get a more satisfactory answer from the help desk and post when you do!
  7. I think the OP is on to something when it comes to men advocating free range parenting. But what I’ve seen with free-range discussions is more about women judging other women, just one more skirmish in the mommy wars. When I first hear the term, I took free-range parenting to mean allowing middle-elementary kids and up to do more on their own like they used to do in Gen X childhoods: walk or bike to school and after school activities, use buses and trains on their own, play without always having play dates arranged for them, not have mommy heavily involved in their friendships. I can get on board with some of those things. But more recently it seems to include things that seem a whole other level of child-centered (really self-centered) parenting philosophy, just under another name, where we presume even pre-logical young children are going to figure things out for themselves without guidance, never mind how this might affect other children or adults, or whether they are learning appropriate standards of behavior for the situation, i.e. socialization. And that I don’t think is such a great thing.
  8. We didn’t do true combined GB courses all four years, but of those we did that way, I listed them as “________ Ancient, or Medieval, or Early Modern, etc.___ Literature and History” as one course, and explained in the course descriptions how many credits and how the credits were divided. I didn’t want to call it “Great Books”, because I don’t want someone looking at the transcript to wonder what that is.
  9. I think they did make a change either last year or this year already. And this year they recalculate the homeschool GPA. I guess before they did not, and just took whatever the transcript said for weighting?
  10. Who comes up with these crazy schemes? It seems like there could be an easy way to screen for some of this with a question or two on the College application, which already asks many personal questions. They could ask whether the parent/guardian is parent or guardian, and ask when guardianship was established. More recent could be a flag to look more closely, Maybe it is legal from the financial aid standpoint, but it seems like there would be fraud involved somewhere. Don’t you have to give a very good reason for the judge to change guardianship from a living parent? That might involve lying to the court. There would also be tax implications. And is the teen really living with the guardian full time? I wonder if anyone has done this sort of thing just to get in-state tuition or in-state scholarship money. If you live in a state with limited options, transferring guardianship to a grandparent or other relative in another state for a couple of years would work. I can’t imagine doing something like that, but there’s always someone.
  11. Does anyone who has used this have any tips, applying as a homeschooler? I was hoping we could use Common App since it is more established and there seem to be more helps for it, but though most schools on our list take either one, one or two only take the Coalition. I have a counselor account, but that’s all I’ve done.
  12. All I can find online is that it is done different ways at different schools. I am tending towards giving one credit for both, since they will be taken in succession in the same year, and from what I can tell, that is what seems right given that AP Chem, BC Calculus, and Bio get one credit each. But they are two separate AP exams. But then, they are shorter exams. I would not be overthinking this, except that some colleges weight AP’s in calculating the GPA. I don’t want my student to be at a disadvantage.
  13. Yes, it’s very individual on your student, family situation, and area. Whether you have DE readily available, what admissions criteria are (some have age minimum), what the costs are vs. self-study with AP exam or online AP class, whether your student is old enough to drive or can take public transportation and how much travel time is required. We are using some AP because DE wasn’t as convenient an option for us, and particular AP classes seemed the best option for subjects that I didn’t feel comfortable teaching myself anymore. My student will do one DE class senior year for which there isn’t an AP equivalent. Another reason was that midway through high school, we began to figure out what sorts of colleges are on his application list, and it turned out that all of them will reliably give AP credit, but for the ones that are out of state, it is more questionable on whether the equivalent DE here would be accepted.
  14. To me, this just shows why we shouldn’t put much stock into these ratings. They tweak their formulas however they want, and the metrics they use may or may not be meaningful, or in this case even accurate, in deciding whether one institution is better than another, In a way it is even comical. So now Berkeley is unranked. Does that mean anything? Is Berkeley a lesser school because some of their data was wrong? Everyone knows it is a great and competitive public university, and the USNews ranking doesn’t change anything.
  15. I just saw that Veritas online school has a Calculus 2 that says it is a BC class with approved syllabus. I never found any last year except some of the virtual schools of different states.
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