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  1. I'm glad you found someone you like so well! My younger two boys are actually starting Spanish this coming year and I'm trying something different with each of them (both online). I'll have to see what works. Our local community college (nova) always offers online class options for foreign languages, and we had a friend take online DE foreign language who was happy with it. This year, and for the foreseeable future I assume, there are faaar more online options than usual, of course! The nice thing for you is that Spanish is pretty much the easiest foreign language to find anywhere 😄 Even if you end up switching providers, you will have tons of online options!
  2. At some schools, yes, definitely. We just went through the college admissions process with my oldest. We moved mountains to make sure that he got 4 years of high school German (he did some of it DE, but then that didn't work in his schedule for Junior and Senior year, so we were fortunate to find both German 3 and 4 at WTMA.). One of our state schools, William and Mary, was very picky about having 4 years of the same foreign language for homeschoolers ("We like to see students taking 4 high school years of a single foreign language (4 college semesters). So taking upper intermediate level courses (201 and 202 level) at a community college would be helpful as well." from their website regarding things they like to see in homeschool applicants). They were one of a handful that really wanted to see four years of the same language and stated that explicitly. The vast majority of the other schools where my son applied had a minimum requirement of three years of the same foreign language (i.e. 2 and 2 or 2 and 1 of different languages wouldn't fulfill the requirement) I think lots of students like the idea of switching or starting something new after a year or two, especially if languages aren't an area of particular interest. As a homeschooler it can sometimes just be difficult to find the third and fourth year of your chosen language! (I feel your pain! We got saved when WTMA was willing to run German 4 for a teeny tiny class size!) The explanation that I heard from admissions officers and college representatives was that they want to see proof that a student can "stick with" one language and achieve a high level of competence in a particular foreign language. Good luck finding classes that can work for you. Maybe dual enrollment would be an option if you can't find a class for homeschoolers?
  3. This was me last year with my oldest! Hang in there, it will all be just fine. I honestly wonder how many of the universities even looked at my 22 page course description document 😂 Just get everything that you did on there the best that you can, and I'm sure things will go great. Good luck and feel free to pop off questions as they occur. Lots of older threads on these forums about common app issues were very helpful for me as well as I went through the process.
  4. I can't speak to all of the other factors that you are considering, but I just wanted to say that I wouldn't make any attendance decisions based on an SAT average range for a university. As an example particular to computer science: the University of Illinois Urbana as a whole has an SAT range of 1290 - 1490. Looking at those numbers, one might feel that a student with a high 1500 is somehow "above the range," despite the fact that missing only 3 to 4 more questions, depending on the scoring curve, would be the only difference between those higher-end scores (which is of course a fairly ridiculous metric). Put that aside, and you can look at the score ranges for students accepted to study computer science at UIUC. Almost all of them score a perfect 800 on the math section of the SAT. Looking at university-wide numbers doesn't tell you much about CS students at any given university. In general, based on the current admissions climate and demand for CS, I would imagine that students in most CS programs would skew towards the higher end of the range, which, to be clear, I really don't think tells you much of anything about what studying at that university would be like.
  5. 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!
  6. 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.
  7. Thanks for the confirmation. I am definitely looking for easy to build confidence, and it looks like the content isn't overtly religious. The owner was very responsive to my questions, and I think we're going to try the Grammar I and Paragraph class together to start.
  8. 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 🙂
  9. I just discovered this site and am looking for some remediation for grammar/writing for my younger sons. I'm at the point where I'm ready to put them waaaay below grade level and just see what they can do and to try to build a better foundation (we are a big STEM/tech family, myself included, and our writing skills are lacking 😟) In looking at the instructor bios, most are written with Christian language (instructors are affiliated with Christian colleges or mention honoring the Lord). I don't care what religion the instructors are (provided that they are tolerant of other religions), but was wanting to find out if the content is secular or religious. Anyone know? I really like the idea of starting way back with the basics of Grammar and the absolute beginning of writing. I need to build confidence with easy, beginning level materials and the 8-week quarter classes look great.
  10. 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.
  11. I don't know what specific items you are unable to find, but for at least a month has had large packages of toilet paper, sanitizer, soap, masks, etc. in stock in various brands and formats. Maybe take a look there for whatever you are missing? (it's kind of an online Costco)
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
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