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  1. My son had both of these classes, so I'll mention what we did (there is surely variability in awarding credits among different families/students). Last year he did exactly what you are describing, took AP Physics C - Mechanics during the first semester (he took it with Kernion from PA Homeschoolers) and then took AP Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism during the second semester (from the same provider). I gave him 0.5 credits per class, even though I knew that AP Physics C - Mechanics had the option to be taken over an entire year. I guess I felt like there are a lot of kids in public schools who take it in the same way (Mech then E&M) in one year and get 1.0 credit for the entire year. I didn't want to give him more credit than a traditional student on a college-prep type track. When we did certain subjects as dual enrollment (university-level chemistry, for example), I did award 1.0 credit per semester. I felt that the time spent on those classes (3 hours per week for lab, 3 hours per week for lecture, then problem sets/homework on top of that) really made them more deserving of 1.0 credit per semester. AP Physics C is certainly very rigorous, don't get me wrong, but didn't seem to have quite the amount of "in-class" time as some of his DE classes. With regard to the two econ classes, I gave 0.5 credit for each. High schools in my area teach those subjects as one semester electives, and, even though my son took them at the community college (and the general consensus is that 1 semester of community college credit = 1 year of high school credit), I didn't feel like those lecture-only, 3 credit-hour classes took up the kind of time that his DE lab science classes or his DE foreign language classes did. Again, all of this was just my judgment call based on the kind of work that he put into the various courses. He did end up taking the AP exams after both of those econ classes as well, and felt prepared having done only the one semester DE classes. Good luck working on your transcript!
  2. My son took dual enrollment courses then took the AP exam, so I can't speak to a specific online AP Chemistry program. That said "less demanding" and AP Chem don't usually go together in the same sentence 🙂 It's known as one of the more challenging AP exams. I would think you could find some sort of a MOOC (edX or coursera maybe have something?) or online university-level chemistry course to cover the material and then do self-study for the AP exam specific topics. Or perhaps you could look into an online dual-enrollment course sequence for university chemistry and follow along with an AP exam prep book on the side. My son found the exam pretty easy (but he is a big chem nerd) when he just did a little bit of practice with the Princeton Review AP prep book to firm up any topics that didn't perfectly match with his community college chemistry. He also made use of the numerous FRQ sections from previous exams that are floating around on the internet. Good luck to your daughter.
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  4. Congratulations! This was absolutely me last year. When we got our first acceptance it felt so exhilarating. "You mean it actually worked? Homeschooling all the way actually worked?" I somehow didn't believe it until I saw it for myself 🙂
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  6. Interesting that lots of homeschoolers in your area are going specifically for the A.A. Most students in my area use it exactly as you describe, as a supplement. My son ended up with 53 credits of dual enrollment and we purposely AVOIDED having him get an A.A. degree. I had heard that we may have difficulty if he ended up with an A.A. at some universities with regards to admission (and that having that degree might have put him in the "transfer" category instead of the normal first-year student category). We were very careful to not be classified as a transfer anywhere that he applied! He started taking classes in 10th grade because we wanted an in-person, secular chemistry class and couldn't find one for homeschoolers locally. We definitely used DE classes to supplement our homeschool work but not as the primary method of instruction. Lab sciences and foreign languages were great uses of the DE system because he got to have amazing labs that I couldn't have provided at home. Having access to DE also meant that he could dive deep in subjects that he liked and go beyond traditional high school level classes in those areas. We never considered transferability of credits or trying to cover some kind of "core" subjects, because he applied to so many different universities around the country. We really just used as a tool to help us in our goal of pursuing a rigorous high school experience.
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  8. We are friends with a homeschool family who just graduated a senior who applied as a theatre major this last year. They described it as almost a double application process. One part of it was competitive college admissions, and another whole part of it was managing the auditions (scheduling challenge!)/artistic portfolios/etc. I did not envy all of the work that they had to juggle! At the end of the process, my friend told me that she wished that they had taken the SAT another time to try to bump up the score a tiny bit more for scholarship purposes. I think they were just very slightly out of range for some nice scholarships that would have really helped on the financial side. So, sadly, no rest for the artistic!
  9. When we did our college application process this last year, we had several admissions sessions claim that SAT subject tests were "optional." When we actually spoke one-on-one with the admissions officers after the session, they universally said that what they meant was "students for whom the registration fees for the subject tests were a burden should consider them optional." The "optional" aspect only applied for lower-income applicants, but they never stated that clearly. The language was often very cagey, because the name of the game for lots of those admissions sessions was to bring up the application numbers and make anyone feel like they had a chance to get in! For homeschoolers, we found that pretty much no testing was optional. They really want all of the standardized data that you can give them to evaluate homeschool applications. Even interviews, which are almost always sold as an optional component of the application, were definitely NOT optional for us as homeschoolers (two of our schools told us this in person, but we never found it written anywhere on the website). This year, because of covid19, getting the tests in is a whole new challenge. If your student tests well and you can squeeze in the test, it is really worth it to do so. Essential for homeschoolers looking at competitive universities/programs, I would guess. Even if admissions isn't a concern, scholarships look hard at SAT/ACT scores. My son really hated test prep too because he scored well on his first taking, but even small bumps at the upper score levels (i.e. something like a 1540 to a 1560 on the SAT or a 33 to a 34 on the ACT) can move you into consideration for scholarships that have fixed fenceposts and automatically consider students based on an arbitrary score boundary. Good luck with college admissions!
  10. Yep. Completely agree with this. When my ds changed his mind about desired major during his junior year (from chem to CS), my main concern was that our math wasn't quite up to par with others applying for CS. He had started out ahead, and did calc with thinkwell his junior year (he was using the cc for advanced chemistry classes instead of math). However, the community college wouldn't let him test to place out of Calc 1 his senior year(it was a co-req for his CS classes), so he redid it there at the cc again 🙄 It was a "first kid learning moment" for us, because I didn't realize that they would be picky about calc being their own class (with no option to test out), and we ended up "wasting" a year. In the end, he knows calc really well now, lol, and I learned from this mistake for my next two!
  11. Many students take calculus during their senior year, so they don't have "proof" of calc until their final grades come in. As long as you are showing the calculus class on the transcript, you are fine. During the college admissions process, you submit first semester grades when they are available. You also have a list of spring semester courses on the transcript, so admissions officers know what classes are taken during the whole senior year.
  12. My oldest son just graduated from high school and was accepted to lots of competitive colleges this last spring. We had two different lab sciences that we used "homeschool providers" for. His AP Physics C class was done with an online provider similar to WTMA, and none of the universities had any interest in details beyond what I provided in my course descriptions. His Biology was just a local, in-person homeschool class with labs, and, again, no one asked for more details. All of his chemistry coursework was done through dual enrollment at the community college, so I can't comment on WTMA specifically, but based on our just completed admissions experiences, no one is going to bat an eye as long as you describe what is covered and mention that labs were performed (a list of labs would probably also be a good idea) with the class in your course descriptions. If you feel the need for more outside validation of the coursework, you can have your child take the SAT subject test in Chemistry after completing the class. If you work through a prep book (Barron's or Princeton Review) throughout the year and cover the topics in the same order as the WTMA class, you should be ready to go for the exam at the end of the year. Good luck!
  13. I just saw this. I don't know how many schools are nearby that you are considering, but having a narrowed down list will definitely make it easier for you to see what admissions for CS at those specific schools looks like. If his overall stats look good in comparison to the average for these schools and you feel that those are also a good financial safety, then you can probably disregard my calculus advice (lol) and just take whatever math he wants. My advice was more based on the overall competitive admissions process assuming big state schools or more competitive private schools. We didn't have a narrowed down list (we were all over the map!), so we tried to check lots of different boxes for different schools. This year really was a shock for our family about how state schools (we always kind of thought these were "safe") have become so competitive with regards to admission. I guess I'm getting old! 🤣
  14. My oldest son just graduated (woo hoo!) and applied as a CS major this last year. CS is INSANELY competitive nowadays. My dh and I were both CS majors years ago, and we were really surprised at just how many people apply for CS now. It's had large popularity spike which results in a lot more competition for space in the various programs. My ds did dual enrollment Calculus I and Calculus II and then took the Calculus BC AP exam. (We were big on covering all the bases we could through both DE coursework and AP/standardized testing where possible to "validate" his homeschool grades because he applied to very competitive programs). In looking at the stats of kids accepted to various programs (private schools as well as state schools), I think calculus was taken almost universally. Lots of kids, in fact, went on to take linear algebra and multivariable calculus and other advanced math courses beyond calculus I and II. I used to think that taking calculus was more just to "check a box" and "show rigor," but my son has actually used his calculus A LOT in his CS coursework. Machine Learning classes and AI applications rely HEAVILY on calculus. That wasn't the case back in my day, so I kind of "pooh poohed" the utility of calculus for CS, but in modern applications it can be pretty essential, depending on what you want to study. ML and AI are hot subfields at the moment. I would think, based on the extreme competitiveness of the major, that not having calculus at all when it could have been taken (kids at schools where it isn't offered would be exempt from this expectation to some degree) might be a red flag for admissions. The course you are looking at may indeed be more rigorous and awesome, but I wonder how many admissions officers would look into your course descriptions enough to figure it out. Even if they do, they really probably want to see calculus because it's what they are familiar with to check the "math rigor" box in their heads. It's tough when they are sorting thousands of apps!
  15. I will also add that my son was not the most consistent throughout the year with getting the reading done. He had some other heavy workload classes and psychology sometimes happened in bits and spurts (and weekends!). In spite of his limited bandwidth for it, he really enjoyed learning the material and that AP is considered one of the "lighter" ones, so perfect for self-study! I'm pretty sure that I got the text used on amazon for a reasonable price, so hopefully you can rustle one up. We are a hardcore stem family and did no English APs of any sort (doesn't look like kid #2 will be doing any either, lol!), so I'm no help with that one.
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