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  1. I was going to say the same. I wish I knew how to pull off half this result.
  2. Our local high school (a highly ranked one) has number of electives that only require some reading and in class discussion. Philosophy class comes to mind.
  3. Tutoring around here, including quality music lessons, are about $70 an hour.
  4. No, I don’t. I just know they are affordable and self paced. He also teaches at PAH but that's considerably more money. To the OP - what about just picking up a textbook and skipping over the topics already covered by DO? You can pace the textbook yourself and decide which topics to cover (physics 1 only does mechanics, so you can chose to do that).
  5. What about Physics 1 at Physics prep? It is AP, but it only covers mechanics and it’s algebra based. https://www.physics-prep.com/index.php/physics-1
  6. Yes, talk to Lukeion and explain the situation. Lori, a great suggestion! We all know on this board what level their courses really are, but for transcript purposes, calling it level 4 will make a lot more sense! It shows progression in a way admissions folks understand.
  7. I would forget about 8th grade credit and do Latin 1, 2, 3 in high school. I don’t like repetition of LAtin 3 because nobody will understand the rigor of Lukion and will instead wonder if the course was repeated due to weakness.
  8. I don’t really think there needs to be a drastic change from middle school to high school. For us it has just been the continuation of what we were already doing - sort of a next step in all subjects. I would look at where the kids are at the end of 8th and find a logical next step per subject. Also look at your state university requirements. Public Us are often the safety school for many of us, so if they require US government or Econ or whatever else, make sure you work in those subjects into your overall schedule and check all the boxes you need.
  9. So Intro to Lit has plenty of writing weekly. I want to warn you about CLRC Intermediate Lit. My kid loved book selections and loved class discussions. Teacher was excellent. However, unlike Intro to Lit, there was very little writing in this class. I believe two essays per semester was it. Now my kid took it when it was her first year of teaching, so do ask for a syllabus to make sure my info is still correct. And a warning on CLEC Great Books writing. In addition to massive reading load, the writing load is on average 10+ paragraphs a week. For a fast writer it’s probably not a big deal. It could be overwhelming for many, especially STEM kids.
  10. Most kids are religious and so is she. My kid definitely stuck out, but we loved the class anyway. It all depends on your tolerance levels. We are super secular but I am willing to overlook a lot for good instruction.
  11. As everybody mentioned, she doesn’t overwhelm the kids with material and reading, but focuses instead on building essay writing skills with her approach - broken down exactly how and what to do. And her feedback is extremely detailed. Plus she covers literary elements, and holds two live classes to discuss the reading. She is amazing and for anybody who wants to teach a kid how to write an essay, that would be my go to class. I would also recommend CLRC Intro to Lit course. That’s more lit focused and kids have less hand holding for essays, but Tessa is amazing. She even gets kids to do timed essays during the exam, which we found to be an excellent skill to acquire. Between those two courses, you have all the foundation you need. CLRC intro class is harder than Lange course, and surprisingly more work that many other CLRC “supposedly” higher level lit courses. At least that was a case when my kid took them.
  12. Egyptian soap opera business got overtaken by Turkish soap operas. 😂
  13. I would say Cindy Lange’s Intro to Persuasive Writing course is the best preparation for high school writing. It’s worth the price tag. http://www.integritasacademy.com/about-register.html
  14. Why not just start writing the real applications? I bet the prompts don’t change that much. Just use actual essay questions from writing supplements from colleges she is interested to applying.
  15. I used to pay over $600 a month for two kids’ aftercare in elementary school. Lots of parents can’t afford that. In some towns libraries allow kids (usually older kids) to come afterschool and get help with homework. I don’t have an opinion on this issue, but afterschool care and costs are real issues. I was lucky enough to be able to walk away financially, but not everybody is that lucky.
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