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  1. I would try Boy Scouts assuming you have a dh who could go along on camping trips and be at least a little involved. 4H is good Too Furst Lego League ... BUT I say keep him in swimming until he stays with the other new thing at least 6 months and shows. True interest! Some kids are just a bit of home bodies, others are overly negative and it sounds like he might need to just be out there making the best of something. As long as he doesn’t hate it stick with it until/ unless you find something he truly loves because exercizs will Be So good when he hits puberty! Boys who don’t seriously exercise during puberty can be a horror to manage. 🙂
  2. If he is interested in really doing an intensive, community colleges usually offer some math classes during Summer Session. My son took Calc 1 that way and he actually really loved it. She happened to be an absolutely amazing teacher though, with thick packets of logically organized homework packets and study guides, an amazing syllabus, answered emails quickly, and on top of all of that was a great teacher. So....YMMV but my son really loved doing math so intensively. He went four days per week for 7 weeks. 🙂 Just a thought 🙂 Make sure to use Rate my Professor if you go this route.
  3. AGreed- in our experience applying to highly selective universities, they are much more willing to accept and give credit for AP courses than DE, and consider AP to be more impressive as well...Don''t get me wrong, they are impressed by DE, but due to the highly varying quality as well as content of DE courses, they're not as highly valued as AP, overall.
  4. We finally got my dd dX'd and she has the ADD plus an LD though she is gifted above 130 IQ, so an interesting cookie 🙂 ...we went to the community college to ask for accommodations with our paperwork and they were AMAZING! For the ADD they offered her a digital recorder, time and a half, proctoring, and on and on. But yes, the student still actually has to use the services. It sounds like you've done so many great things! ((hugs)) keep up the good work. you can black list websites on the ipad as well as shutting down gaming time....Apple parental controls are amazing. BUT at 16-17 it's probably not that helpful at this point.
  5. Due to every single member of my family that has tried ADD meds, including me, having horrible long term side effects and no true lasting benefit, we are not encouraging our daughter to pursue medication for her ADD... We did find the book FInally Focused and it has made an AMAZING difference. It turns out that ALL people with ADD are literally starved of the same vitamins, over and over and over again. When you add those back in and also balance the brain with other nutrients that specifically help focus, concentration and calmness, you have a winning combo. We follow 100% of the advice in this book (we chose not to pursue Nutritional Lithium but even the book says that is optional and only shoulld be done alongside your primary physician) and we have seen amazing results. Avoid all colors, dyes, junk food, even gluten....give the body proper vitamins, antioxidants, green tea and dark chocolate, expensive high quality probiotics, fish oils, etc....get proper sleep, avoid video games, TV and get's a VERY easy thing to implement, one by one... Maybe worth a try before medication.
  6. THere is a sense in which for us, a Catholic U would be a better fit than some of the Protestant colleges which have legalistic requirements about attending chapel and taking Bible classes. The watered down and yet legalistic version of Protestantism strikes us as being worse than the fact that to most Catholics, their religion is like a lifetime club more than a personal thing.... I am truly rambling but my point is that how people practice and live out their Christian faith is so variable that I personally would rather see my daughter at many Catholic Us than at many other Christian Us. As it is we cant' afford the Catholic U that is close to where she wants to attend school, so she will end up at Christian or even public U. But for you, it sounds like your dh is more than adamant so unless your kid is really bugging you about it, then I'd let the matter drop. There are a lot of other things spouses can find to disagree over and a thousand and one other good colleges (in TX and beyond.)
  7. Correct me if I am wrong, but my understanding that all of this outsourcing also means, that if you DO get an IT job in say, Cybersecurity, you will be working your tail off and feel like a factory worker for a huge corporation that does exactly that one thing, and not likely to be involved in a lot of creative projects and launches, like you would with programming/engineering....I asked my son about it once and he laughed a maniacal laugh and said only if he wanted to lose his soul would he consider that... It's a good paying job, but the facts are that it is generally not where you'll see employees getting free lunch, celebrating exciting launches and colorful hats and tee shirts... that's where engineering and programming will take you. 🙂 If you want to be hands on in the field, your son could consider networking which is kind of cool because then at least you get to travel a lot and physically do stuff. 🙂 And not much math like CS/CS Eng...
  8. This was EXACTLY why we changed courses for our son!! He, and we, were sitting here thinking, does he really want to be working full time in Silicon Valley (his goal) at age 20 with college done and completely behind him? Those jobs are exciting and rewarding but they're also very stressful, requiring a lot of people-skills that take time to learn, and maturity- when to hold your tongue, how to speak to designers with respect when they're asking you to make pigs fly, how to handle long nights and weekends and manage down-time so you don't burn out. These are things that just take plain old TIME to learn. And, not only that, but what about the time during college that you'd have for could end up with two or even three internships during college, but if you speed through college and go straight into the workworld with only one, or no, internships, you're just jumping in at a very young age. AND I want my son to also just experience the college life of whatever the college life is. Obviously I hope an dpray that the stupidity that sometimes encompasses college life will never be part of it, but I also don't want to take away the opportunities to be part of the young Libertarian club, or the hiking club or the robotic club or whatever it is that strikes his interest.... I am so thankful we got a clue.
  9. Where is my post?? It has been quoted twice and yet it's gone... edited to add. maybe I'm crazy because I went to the little bell at the top, clicked from there to the Likes and then suddenly it reappeared. Strange.....
  10. I would just use Khan, since it’s free 🙂 my dd probably needs some Algebra review but I don’t know how I’ll convince her to do it ...however Khan is definitely perfect for this kind of thing
  11. In our state all the public Us take all the CC credits seamlessly. So we were encouraged to have our son start CC full time at 15 and then transfer at 17. It all seemed like such a great idea until we realized that that’s not necessarily a feasible and age appropriate situation, campus housing was greatly affected and all but two of the UCs said he could not live on campus with freshman. Thankfully around October we got a clue and had him start applying out of state and private universities as a freshman. We called our state U and asked their advice, should da apply as freshman or transfer ? They said he could do either and recommended transfer, citing the slightly increased acceptance rate for transfer students. It was really bad advice! Due to housing situations and my sons (understandable) desire to finally have a chance to shine among his peers we really would have been better off having him apply as a freshman and they still would have granted all the 59 credits he earned! Applying as a transfer student is a VERY specific path and each UC has VERY different classes they want you to take. So, at PennState my son’s credits are kind of meh. They gave him 12 humanities which is great, he won’t have to re-do those. For the math and engineering and Science they’re awarding all the credits as Gen Ed which is nice because it’ll help him graduate on time. But he will have to re-take all of the STEM course at PennState. We are fine with this because we feel like he got an affordable high school education and really learned a lot about college and the Big World and responsibility, taking to Profs, office hours etc. so him going to an absolutely gigantic college 2000 miles away isn’t scary to us since we have seen him handle himself in an adult world with aplomb. HOWEVER he didn’t really get that far ahead or save tons of money. 🙂 and there were other intrinsic things that might have been better, had we enrolled him in the super academic three day Classical school. So if someone asked me if we would do it again I really don’t know.
  12. I just wanted to add, that he should definitely take Calculus and Physics DE and see how he does. If he is completely sweating the both courses and scraping by with a C and feeling like he hates it, it'll give you guys an idea whether to go towards a four year IT degree or towards a four year CompSci/Engineering degree.... Even once he gets to the university if he is admitted for Comp Sci or Comp Engineering he will still have some "weed out" math classes freshman year and have to take a lot of math and keep up a high GPA to continue into the Junior year of CompSci/CompEngineering...usually after the "weed out" classes advisors will talk turkey with the students after freshman year and start them on the path of deciding whether their grades were low due to the adjustment to college life or if their abilities really aren't up to the task of Linear Algebra and Calc 3 and all. Some students switch majors after freshman year and some during sophomore year and a LOT of students will switch from the CompSci/Eng track to the IT track.... But taking some Calculus and Physics at the college his senior year will help him decide
  13. That's odd, because the last three chapters of TT Geometry include a lot of basic Trig....
  14. also please note the college I pulled the link from, while may be good in other respects or circumstances is not ABET accredited and therefore not a good goal. But the infographic is still pretty good.
  15. What does he mean by IT? There's IT which usually is about either Networking or CyberSecurity which includes a minimal amount of math and programming and is more practical for doing exactly one type of job. and then there is Computer Science (which may or may not be in the engineering department or Letters and Sciences) which includes a TON of math and computer programming and has to do with really being able to design, implement, and architect whole new systems... And then there is Computer Engineering which also includes a TON of math and is usually having to do with hardware.... While somewhat limited and not 100% perfect this info-graph can help your son start thinking about it: Either way, even with the first option, a certificate in IT will not get you very far nowadays and is pretty worthless. If your son is motivated, and bright and technical, and can handle the long haul he should get an ABET accredited IT degree from a public four year university. If he wants to start the process early, sure- skip senior year but just have him start on college maths and physics so that he can continue deciding whether he wants a more math-oriented and versatile degree or a more specific degree in IT/CyberSecurity/Networking. If it turns out he really hates all the math and doesn't love the creative aspect of programming and designing systems or hardware, then an IT degree would be better than Computer Science or Computer Engineering. I mean yes, on the easy coast and midwest, a certificate might get him an entry level job somewhere if he's bent on not going to a four year school and wants to work his way up the ladder, and budget well and purchase home in low COL area, this could be a possibility. But it's not really a good goal if he can hang in there to get a four years or master's degree he should skip the certificate and just take some good DE classes and apply to a four year university.
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