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  1. Backpacks only. Their classes are timed so that they can leave books at home and just take what they need for that particular day.
  2. College planning isn't bad. The biggest things are keeping on top of deadlines for college admissions, scholarship applications and the admissions testing. We are finishing up our last one with the ACT on Sat. Just make sure she is prepared for testing (ACT/SAT books etc.) and know what score they will need to get into the college that they choose and start as early as you can. You have time because your dd is 14. Personally, from what you have said about the private school, I'd probably pull out. My ds was in a private before we began hsing and I kept him in for the last year we had paid for (no refunds). If I had it to do over, I would have just pulled him out. The last year at that school was very unproductive and I had to work double-time to make up for it. One thing you might want to explore in lieu of the private high school is dual enrollment at a local community college. All of mine started at 14 and received 3 years of free college. If your area doesn't have that option, you might consider having both of your daughters take some CLEP and DSST tests for college credit. Just be sure to check with the colleges they are looking at to double-check their CLEP and DSST policies. Most colleges take them, but may have some restrictions. Hope this is helpful! Good luck with your decision!
  3. My daughter is taking the Sept ACT and has been taking practice tests. She worked through all the tests in the Real ACT and Barron's. We also found a site that offers pdf downloads of retired ACT tests and scored sheets. Many of the posters on CollegeConfidential recommended the site. It is really good and my daughter was able to older tests that she could get additional practice on. The link: http://www.crackact.com/
  4. Don't forget to check out the new changes to the ACT Essay!! It is supposed to be different starting with the Sept 2015 testing.
  5. My last one is a senior this year. She has been dual enrolled for 2 years already and has her AA so she is working on her BS in Biology. This summer she has been working on practice tests for the ACT so she can get a Bright Futures Scholarship. She takes the Sept test. :) Our oldest graduated college and our middle just graduated high school in May and has her AA from 3 years of Dual. She is working on her Pharmacy Degree with Bright Futures and other scholarships. We are in the home stretch and things are right on track! Good luck to all our 2016 grads and dedicated parents!
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