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  1. I'm afraid I can't help with the question of how well TPS French prepares for the AP exam..... My sons ended up not taking the AP French exam. I'm not sure why. The exam date might have conflicted with the national debate tournament that year? They did a lot of reading of French lit with a tutor we like. I think we might have opted to do more lit reading than to spend the time prepping for the AP exam with its various, specific strands. Had enough hoop-jumping in other subjects. 🙂 I do know that the content of the TPS AP French class has been significantly modified since my boys took it, so I'd love to hear from anyone who has taken it within the last 3-4 years!
  2. Have you already registered for the AP exam? If not, it may be too late to do so for this year, so check asap! I don't think there's a downside to taking the exam if you've already paid for it. Don't ask that it be sent to colleges on the answer sheet. When the scores come out, if you and your dd aren't happy with the score, you can have it completely deleted from your dd's record. Or, if there are certain colleges you don't want to send it to, you can withhold it from that college. "After you take an AP Exam, we send your score report to the college or university that you designated on your answer sheet. Your score report is cumulative and includes scores for all the AP Exams you have ever taken, unless you requested that one or more scores be withheld from a college or canceled." Check the AP Score Reporting page on the CB site for details about how to withhold (keep the score but don't report it to the college) or cancel (delete it permanently from the student's record.) When my sons applied to college last year, they self-reported their AP scores. We didn't send an actual report until after they were accepted, so we'd have had an opportunity to withhold or cancel scores if we had wanted to.
  3. Wilson Hill plans to add French 1 & 2 this coming year. Instructor is TBD, but I am hoping, hoping, hoping it will be a native speaker that I know! 🙂
  4. Hi, all, Looking for an alternative for PreCalc for my dd for the fall if she can't do math at the local hybrid in the fall. (They don't put out their schedule until August, so I never know till a couple of weeks before the year begins if the class we want will be available at a time we can use. ERGH!) If anyone has had a student take PreCalc with TPS or take any other class with L.Crosby, please, please let me know what you thought! We've never used TPS for math, but I've been happy with their English courses, for the most part. Please PM if that's easier! Thank you!
  5. I'm looking for a solid, lit-based English course with a strong writing component for my rising 12th grade dd. We've been happy with CLRC's Great Books course this year, so I was wondering about their American Lit course & instructor, Cara Valle. Has anyone had a student in the class or in another English class w/ Ms. Valle? I would so appreciate any feedback you might have. PM, if that's easier! Thank you! yvonne
  6. If your student has taken a TPS Eng 4/5 class, could you tell me if the writing s/he did for the course was related to the literature read? Or was the writing/"composition" pretty much a completely separate, unrelated strand? My dd is taking Eng 4/5: Brit Lit. I love the works she's reading and the online discussion part of the class, but I am so disappointed in the writing part of it! Almost every single one of the essays my dd has written for the class has been completely unrelated to the literature they're reading! How can an upper level Eng class that reads such great works NOT use those works as the basis for the writing the students do?!?! For example, right now, my dd has a compare/contrast essay to write. Sounds good! Maybe compare/contrast a couple of characters from one of the books they're reading? Maybe compare/contrast how a couple different books deal with a given theme? Maybe... well, there are a thousand different, wonderful possibilities when you're reading such good books! But, no! She's writing a compare/contrast essay on some current issue in the world! That's fine. No problem with that topic... in some other class where it's more relevant to the subject matter in the class! But why not write it about the books she's already reading and thinking about. There is no better way to process and synthesize one's thoughts than to write about what one is thinking. NOT writing about these books is a huge lost opportunity! So I was wondering.... is this typical of all TPS Eng 4/5 classes? Or is it just this one class or this one instructor? Of all the TPS Eng classes my kids have taken, this is the first & only one I've been disappointed with. I feel like I should go back and put a caveat on all the posts I've made raving about TPS Eng!
  7. Haven't been on the boards for a long while. PMing you. Thanks!
  8. I’d esp like to know what you thought of the writing component. PM if that’s easier! Thank you!
  9. If you have the 4th edition guide, there's a document with the memory work changes in the 5th ed. You could just write them in to your 4th ed. Or just buy the mem work flashcards. Or just take a photo or copy it down by hand. I wouldn't pay $100 for a guide.
  10. Would you consider an online course? Lukeion is wonderful, as much for the study skills students develop as for the Latin. It's an effective and efficient path to the Latin AP exam, if that's a goal. I doubt that there are any more experienced or well-trained Latin instructors out there! They have a placement exam, which would help avoid either spending a year repeating what your dd has already mastered or jumping into something that is too much of a stretch to be successful. Good luck!
  11. Well, that's not so bad. At least the CB is refunding most of the money for the registration if a student doesn't take the exam.
  12. Are they charging $40 for a missed test _in addition to_ the regular registration fee? Or is the $$$$ regular registration fee refunded except for that $40? (Guess I could go poke through the site, but maybe someone already knows...) ETA: And WHAT exactly could possibly be the rationale for tacking ANOTHER $40 on to the already ridiculous cost of ~$100 for each AP exam?? In what way does NOT taking the thing affect the CB's work involved?
  13. What did you think of HSLDA's test prep? I was looking at that, even though she doesn't need the English. Why did your youngest go a different route? PM me, if that's easier. Thanks!
  14. I agree that Khan would probably be the best targeted prep for her, but she doesn't have the self-discipline to follow through with it. "Also, is your dc close to the desired score or pretty far away? Will only a few points make a big difference? Will more practice be the answer?" If she could bring her math score up, she could be on the edge for NMSQT commended, I think. Hard to say. She knows where she wants to go to college, and I think she'll be ok getting in as things stand now, but I'm not sure and don't want to gamble on it if I can find her a test prep solution that would work for her.
  15. I didn't have to go this route with my sons, but I think my daughter could use some solid math SAT test prep. Her English score is good, so she doesn't need that but I know most prep courses do both. It seems like Khan would be the best, targeted prep she could do for math, but, alas, she does not have the drive to push her way through math. I need something where she'll have to follow a clear schedule and get, hopefully, at least some personal feedback. Any suggestions?
  16. I use to make Latin vocab practice crosswords for my students. It's free. Quizlet is supposed to be good for online review games. One of these days I'm going to spend the time figuring it out. ?
  17. Has anyone found an app which allows you to create your own printable cursive practice sheets on a Mac? When my own kids were young, I used Fontware, I think it was called, but it no longer works on my updated Mac. I'd like to type in a poem and have it printed as D'Nealian cursive for the kids to use as a reference for their copywork. Thanks in advance!
  18. Yes, the cahiers are the workbooks. I was able to correct the exercises on my own, so I'm not sure where the answers were. Sorry! You could take a look at the series on Holt's site. I did that first and then went looking for the pieces I wanted. Just fyi.... you'll see the "One Stop Teacher Planner DVD" on the site & it will look tempting, but it isn't necessary. I only got it bec I could get it the charter bought it for me, but I could never get any of those to run on my Mac. I think they'd be more of a distraction than a help, anyhow.
  19. We used Bien Dit 2 for a year with my sons because it was what the local high school used and I wanted them to be able to go directly into the high school's French 3 if they wanted to go that route for 9th-12th. I also figured that, since it was used in the local high schools, it would be easier for me to find an effective/efficient local tutor, if necessary. Bien Dit was easy to use. We were with a charter at the time, so we got all the parts... student text, teacher text, audio/video, test booklet, workbook. All we ended up using were the student text, test book, and workbook. If I hadn't had some background in French, we would probably have used the audio/video component. The text and workbook can be found used online fairly cheaply. French 1 & 2 are pretty standard across the board; they all teach certain basic vocab and basic grammar. Other than Rosetta Stone, you probably can't go wrong with whatever you use, as long as you can get the audio/video support you need if you don't have any background in French to draw on.
  20. I think it's interesting that they're requiring not just a paper written by the student, and not just a graded paper written by the student, but a graded paper _with_ teacher comments. At the most basic level this might help prevent students from submitting essays that are not theirs, although the essay mills will find a way around anything. I would also think that a graded paper w comments would give a pretty good idea of the quality/level of instruction and that might shine a light on what exactly an "A" means for that class and, by extension, at the school overall.
  21. Yes! This was exactly our path, too! When the kids hit 7th grade, I started looking at the UC "requirements." We even used a charter so their a-g math & foreign language credits could transfer to high school &, thus, their transcript. Oh, the time I _wasted_ churning and churning on the arbitrary craziness that is UC "requirements." I think we Californians tie ourselves in knots over a-g hoops, only to find that we didn't have to. Took until end of 9th grade to fully realize that if we followed the UC a-g class requirements, JUST to get into a UC, we'd be shooting ourselves in the foot as far as 1) the quality of courses & education my kids could get during high school, and 2) how attractive my kids would be to other colleges. The a-g approved classes I could find were pablum compared to the caliber of classes at Lukeion (vs a-g approved Rosetta Stone?!?!?) and a multitude of other high quality providers out there. I found we could do much better for our kids by choosing great classes with great teachers and going the subject test route. And, in the end, none of that churning and planning around UC requirements mattered because none of the kids (nor I) were even interested in going to a UC after seeing the other possibilities! The UCs are great schools, for some kids, but they didn't turn out to be what my kids wanted.
  22. I agree about making it a homeschooled course listing the audited class and instructor as the primary resource for the course and assign a grade based on the final project. You have to be a little careful about how you phrase it so that the admissions office doesn't hear it as him being enrolled in the course/institution because then they'll be looking for an official transcript from the institution. If this were an unusual, or an above-and-beyond, sort of thing, I'd want the course to stand out. I'd list the professor's name & qualifications on the course description list & note that the student was invited to audit this particular course & why, assuming there's a story there that highlights some above-and-beyond aspect of the student. If the student's final project was graded by the professor, I'd use that grade and note that, also, in the course description. Basically, show that this wasn't just a typical high school level course done at a local co-op or community college. When I was putting together my sons' transcripts, I heard that having a "pass" credit on the transcript could be detrimental, that some schools converted "pass" to a "C," which could impact the student's overall GPA. I'm not sure if that's the case, but I thought it was enough of a risk that I didn't list any "Pass" grades on my sons' transcripts.
  23. FWIW, I ended up writing the letter and uploading it. I'm not sure if the formatting would have been preserved if I'd put it in the text box. (Can't get the formatting below to work; it did NOT look like this! The name of school was in bold. Skipped a line between home phone and "Student: ..." Skipped a line between "CAID:...." and the salutation "Dear Sir or Madam:" I thought it came out looking pretty well and professional! Name of school (We're in CA and used a Private School Affidavit, so we had to have a name on our yearly PSA submission. I used that.) our street address home telephone Student: .... CAID: ... (the common app student ID number) Dear Sir or Madam: [body of letter] Sincerely, my name Homeschool Parent/ Administrator
  24. Looks like the deadline for listing (or changing) a first choice college is May 31. A student can change his first choice up until then. From the NMSQT site: "May 31, 2019: Deadline date for NMSC to receive reports of a sponsor college as first choice. Because it is necessary to treat all Finalists consistently and conclude the annual competition in a timely manner, only college choice reports that NMSC receives by May 31, 2019, will be used to identify the final group of candidates to a college or university that sponsors awards."
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