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  1. Our online private school is like J-rap's public school. They'll list outside classes on their transcript. So, I'll add Homeschool Spanish Academy and AOPS classes to that transcript. I'm not sure if we'll add all the CC classes or send a separate transcript.
  2. It's almost certainly worth visiting because it's near your home, isn't it? We plan to do the tours at Rice and U of H just to get a feel for liberal arts/elite/fairly small vs. huge state university even though I don't think dd will apply to either of them. I wouldn't do a road trip to visit UDallas if I were you, but I think it's worth a half day to tour. My dd is doing their summer Latin in Rome program this July. I'll post about her experience when she gets back. We're nominally Catholic but she wouldn't want to go to a very religious, very cloistered school so we'll see (for example, Notre Dame is fine, Franciscan University or Ave Maria would be a big nope for her).
  3. States can be so different! In Texas, every public university and CC has a 42 credit Core that every student has to complete. It does vary a bit from school to school (some require Communications, some Lit, some 3 sciences, some 2 science, one math, etc) BUT the 42 credit block transfers together as one big unit. So if you're Core Complete at a CC, even if you don't finish an AA or AS, you can still be Core Complete at a university. Here, you apply as a freshman if you're still in high school and you don't transfer the credits until after you're admitted. I'm a bit worried about Peachy Doodle's scenario, though.
  4. Totally agree with this. I would look at their courses in the US or Canada. Latin American police are feared and loathed by civilians for good reason. Someone who might talk back to an armed authority could easily end up in a bad place.
  5. What are your community colleges like? Do they have articulation agreements with UW? Which classes automatically transfer to UW? What classes are required as core courses for UW undergrads? What basic courses are required for your ds's potential major that would be worth taking in high school? I'm asking these questions to give you an idea of what you want to look for on UW and your local CC's websites to get a feel for what's available to high school students who dual enroll. For example, in Texas, our CCs are geared to providing the courses that will transfer to our state universities and the state universities accept those credits automatically. So it doesn't matter if you take the calculus sequence at your local CC or at UT, they will both count. Of course, some teachers are better than others, some schools are more rigorous than others, but the syllabus and textbook choices are standardized. If your CCs don't offer automatically transferable credits, I'd look at AP classes because those also offer an objective outside standard that leads to college credit (but will likely be more expensive if you have discounted or free CC DE tuition.) The reason my dd is taking CC classes in high school is to finish up the core requirements and basic classes before she starts at a 4 year school (in her case, probably UT Austin or Texas A&M). She is planning to attend university for 4 years but she'd rather be able to double major, take advantage of internship and research opportunities and study abroad instead of just checking the boxes for the extensive required coursework that TX public universities require. For a high school bio class, I did this one with my dd in 6th grade: https://quarksandquirks.wordpress.com/biology-hs-level/
  6. As always, scheduling realities changed this a bit. She had to drop Austen/Shakespeare and do AP European History at MPOA. She's going to take Calc and Honors Physical Geology at the CC. I'm psyched that we finally managed to get the Honors College to answer their email (they were changing staff and moving) and that she's now enrolled with them and can take honors classes. Of course, Honors Am History and Honors Govt both conflicted with the only in person Calc 1. (Seriously? They must know most honors students will take the calculus sequence. Couldn't they plan a little better?) In order to be able to finish the core requirements at the CC, T will have to take regular American history during the first summer session this year. Scheduling is a bit like whack-a-mole but I managed to bean each and every one of the furry critters for the MPOA diploma. Next year she can take any two classes, any schedule that fits around the CC, and we're done. As for the CC's requirements, if worse comes to worst, she can take some classes online because there are always more sections than the in person classes and you can enroll in a different campus' classes if absolutely necessary. I can understand why so many DE students don't manage to finish up all the core or AA requirements before graduating. It's like a jenga tower and it's easy to make a mistake early in the process that means you can't fit all the required classes in your schedule your senior year.
  7. I remember having to list my parent's educational attainment back in the olden days. I'm pretty sure apps still ask for that (I went and checked--they do). So they know immediately if you're first generation or not. I think I even had to say where my parents and I were born so they know if you or your parents are immigrants. They already have your zip code (and access to the marketing databases that describe its socioeconomic and cultural context in incredible detail). They can just zillow your home address if they have any doubts about your socioeconomic status without even buying the marketing database. They can check your high schools rankings and they know how many APs you took and your grades in them (or IB or DE). All of this information is already right there on the application.
  8. One of the teachers at the dojo where my kids took lessons when they were little worked part time as an Occupational Therapy Assistant (CC 2 year program) as well as being in the National Guard. Those interests seemed to combine well and worked for her schedule with her son as well.
  9. I wouldn't worry about reviews that say a class is too hard for a higher level Bio class. It's likely that the other class is a weeder for their nursing and allied health students. (This is especially true if it's A&P.) I'd only look at the reviews for the non-major intro class.
  10. Was your plan originally to do all AP level sciences in high school after doing regular first year classes in 6-8th? If so, maybe start with another AP first? How about Environmental Science? I'd avoid doing Bio as her first DE class. A lab science has more moving parts than a comp or history class and it would be easy to drop a ball for a new student. AP has the advantage of being a high school class that's going on your transcript. The worst that can happen is that you realize it's a horrible fit and need to withdraw and do it at home with you as the teacher. The high school class might be a nice idea if it gives her access to extracurriculars at the school. Could you schedule so that she could do band or choir or a sport back to back with the class? The driving is a pain, though, so really think through if that is worth the hassle.
  11. In all honesty, I'm just glad that they're not worse. I've known a few too many home schoolers IRL who started with good intentions but whose kids didn't really get a decent high school education. Either they had unidentified LDs that went unremediated and undocumented so now they're young adults who aren't able to enlist or find a trade that pays well enough to live on or the hs mom just sort of burned out and didn't get around to writing papers and doing algebra 2. (I live in a completely unregulated state where "Heaven not Harvard" is a common mantra.)
  12. Can she retake the class and substitute the grade with the higher one or at least average them? Policies vary but it's pretty common to be able to do this.
  13. I'd call and ask. The doctor may have more than one specialty if they deal with SN patients. I was surprised to find out our pediatric neurologist is also a regular neurologist so we didn't have to switch.
  14. Actually, as a National Hispanic Scholar your dd should have gotten in state tuition from A&M plus $3500/yr in merit aid. But UNC is an awesome school so it's TAMU's loss.
  15. TAMU ranks 66 in the US News rankings, Texas Tech ranks 187 (well below UT Dallas and U of Houston).
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