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  1. Definitely. I missed this idea back at New Years, but I think my word for 2020 is flexibility. I've had a lot of practice so far.
  2. I'm sorry, OP. I hope 2021 is better. Don't beat yourself up over being anxious, everyone's anxious. There's no way to avoid anxiety this year.
  3. Found it! With Bonus Army Mustache Pete!!! (This is not a good look for him, or really for anyone...)
  4. Oddly enough, although TX pays a lot of lip service to freedom to homeschool, the reality is that it's hard for homeschoolers to get into the state flagships without jumping through hoops. In fact, it seems that it was considerably harder than CA up until this decision and now it's probably roughly equivalent. I'm astonished that the reactions to the same situation are so different. In TX, no one's pitched a fit, we just find the work arounds.
  5. Here are some questions that might help you all come up with a plan that works for your son. These are thing that dd and I thought through when we picked our path, except for the international option: If you want to keep the UCs on the table: Could your son manage to finish the AS during high school? How many APs would he need? Could he CLEP (another college level test, all multiple choice, computerized and you can take it at any time by appointment at the CC testing center)? Could you use extension classes from 4 year schools to achieve a better level of academics? More generally: Will he have enough extracurriculars and leadership roles to be a good holistic candidate for US colleges if he graduates early? Is he okay leaving home early? Is it even legal for him to do this if he studies abroad? For the US, is he likely to be a NMF? (This opens up a lot of automatic scholarship opportunities.) What other colleges would work for him besides your state flagships? Are these affordable as an OOS student? What private colleges are available? Are they affordable? (In TX, many of the good but not elite private colleges (places like Baylor) offer excellent merit aid that makes them price competitive with our public colleges.) How will Covid possibly affect your plans if it becomes endemic and outbreaks keep popping up? How will the economic situation affect your plans if this turns into a nasty recession? This doesn't have a clear answer but you need to keep it in mind and have some backup plans just in case. This curveball hit us at the end of Junior year which is extremely fortunate for us because we have time to change things up. If dd had been a senior, we'd be much more freaked out with a lot less flexibility to change her plans. We used Excel spreadsheets to line up choices side by side to compare each option. That made seeing the best option for us a little easier.
  6. Will your local CC accept the APs too? Could you use that as a way to get an AS as a backup if freshman admission doesn't work?
  7. UK schools usually want US students to present AP scores in lieu of the A level tests. Some accept a US AA degree as proof of academic achievement.
  8. I think many people in CA use their CCs, but they might live in areas where that's easier. For us, using the CC is very easy. They have an honors college, free tuition for DE and dd can drive herself because it's only 20 minutes away on easy to drive streets. We're very fortunate. Another option in TX (and maybe for you) is that some 4 year schools offer extension classes online. We haven't needed them because our CC is good, but they do exist. Here's a link to UT Extension. They might be an option for you.
  9. Exactly. So now you have to change your plans or scratch the UCs off your list. I'm sorry that you have to deal with this, but you do have to deal with it one way or the other. We faced a very similar situation as homeschoolers in TX. We chose to deal with it by using the CC.
  10. You're right. Since we live in TX, we've known all along that the top 10% rule puts a massive hurdle in the path of homeschoolers who want to go to our flagships. That's what dd and I were pondering when she was in 8th grade. We knew that she would have to do a lot of CC courses and have a stellar SAT score to be competitive for the small slice of seats available to non-auto admits. We mapped out a plan so that she would finish her AA during high school so she could opt to be a transfer student if the freshman admission didn't work out. We thought about other possible colleges she could attend. She carefully weighed if she wanted to roll the dice or just go to the local high school and compete for an auto admit spot. It's worked out for dd and she's in a good place to be admitted to UT Austin. Of course, now we've got the whole Covid thing and it looks like she will have to adjust her plans again because she's not willing to switch back and forth from dorms to zooming from her bedroom. As much as I wish things were smooth sailing, our experience has been that you cover as many contingencies as possible and hope for the best. Having a Plan A, B, C and maybe D is the only way to keep your sanity.
  11. You seem to think that CC and classical homeschooling are an either/or choice. For us, it's been a both/and situation. My dd will finish up her Memoria Press high school diploma and graduate with her AA from our local CC. You don't have to choose between them, you just have to carefully schedule, use your summers to knock off requirements and understand what hoops you need to jump through. The hoop jumping might be a nuisance, but every path in life has some of it. If your easiest path to a UC is the CC, and you think UC is worth it, you can do both WTM and CC. If you think UC isn't worth the bother, then it's best to come up with a list of colleges that you think will work for you so you don't have to put up with the UC stuff. My dd and I did this exercise during her 8th grade year when we had to commit to a high school path. We've been very pleased with our choice, I hope you find something you and your ds like too.
  12. Umm, I took "Rocks for Jocks" at Penn because I was a business major and didn't need a major level science to fulfill my distributional requirement. It was a really fun class and I still remember quite a bit from it, but it was very lite. I think every college, even the Ivies, has these classes for the non-science majors to take to fulfill requirements. They even have time honored nicknames: Rocks for Jocks (geology), Physics for Poets, Biology Appreciation. My Wharton-required business calc class also didn't include proofs, although the second semester did include linear algebra and other business topics not normally included in the engineering calc sequence. I placed out of English comp so I don't know what they did but I would not be gobsmacked to find out that they wrote essays about pop culture instead of literature because that first class was purely composition. If you were a liberal arts major you had to take literature classes too.
  13. I don't understand what you mean. If a class is college level and can be transferred, it's not remedial. The students that are in it have either passed the accuplacer or passed the prerequisite remedial class. They've demonstrated that they mastered high school level content and can take a college level class for credit. That's the whole point of CCs using the accuplacer and offering remedial classes. They take students that weren't capable of college level work and teach them to that level.
  14. I think that's the ELC (Eligible in the Local Context) thing. That seems very similar to the system we have in TX. If I had to wager, I'd bet CA is going to find out pretty quickly that they'll need to use test scores for OOS kids and others who don't fit well in the system. For example, competitive entrance magnet schools become very unattractive if they're subject to top 10% rules. I wonder if the new test will be similar to the Accuplacer test that CCs currently use? That doesn't get much push back and seems to do an okay job of weeding out people who need remedial coursework. Or they could go the Abitur/Bac/Maturite route and have essay tests and worked problems. So, basically, a series of AP type tests taken over a couple of days. That would be a huge project to grade but it would probably do the best job of identifying the best students for the top UCs. If I had an 8th or 9th grader in CA, I think I'd be looking at starting at a CC and transfering.
  15. I can see the other side of this argument, though. How many kids go to college and flunk out because they don't do the work and spend their time partying? Screening for effort is equivalent to screening for self discipline.
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