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  1. I just had a religious science teacher respond to me via Facebook to say that "You cannot teach AP bio from a Christian perspective. 33% of the test is evolution based." So, perhaps an opening prayer will be the religious aspect of the course. Will post an update once we decide.
  2. First off, know that we are a secular family looking for an AP Bio class with a live online class component. I realize both Wilson Hill Academy, Sylvia Chen and Potters School, David Rockholm teach from a religious point of view, but both also use a secular textbook (Campbell). This is the first time in our eight years of homeschooling that I'm at a complete loss. I've even contacted and met with a local public school AP Bio teacher. While this teacher was amenable to our proposal, she is very geared to the public school system. I just can't find another option. Can anyone please give me some insight as to whether WHA or TPS might work for us?
  3. Our daughter took AP Calc AB with Ms Regina London this year and ranked this class as one of the best. According to our girl, Ms London, Ms Jetta (physics) and Mr D (pre-algebra to pre-calc) all share the top spot on her list!
  4. We're on the fence with FLVS for AP. We live in Florida so classes are free. But so far we've not been impressed with the quality. There is rarely a "lecture." It's mainly slide presentations, animated videos and readings for each assignment. The material is basic, generic, with very little substance. A good teacher helps but can't make up for the lack of depth. Even with responsive teachers, feedback and recommendations have been minimal. DD has had to research topics on her own in order to complete assignments and gain a better grasp on the material. With that said, these classes are easy As. DD has taken chem and bio (honors), anatomy and physiology (honors), english 2, HOPE and drivers education.
  5. Had to jump in regarding AP Calc. Mrs Regina London,, was exceptional. She ranks up there with Ms Jetta! Live classes. Meet 2 to 3 times a week. Truly outstanding. Now if only I can find an AP Bio teacher like Ms Regina and Ms Jetta!
  6. Has anyone looked at Apex Learning's AP Bio? I'm also looking for an AP Bio for this year.
  7. Thanks for the info! GPS looks perfect for our family.
  8. I just don't know what to do. DD16 10th grade has taken geology, chem/honors, bio/honors, physics, and anatomy and physiology/honors. She said she'll take an AP bio or chem next year if I make her. But she'd like marine bio/honors or something different. While she's taking math and spanish at the local college in the fall, she's not ready for three college classes yet. She's a premed student, currently has 400 hospital volunteer hours, nearly finished with her congressional award program, and struggles to handle more than 3-4 classes at a time. As part of her schedule next year, she wants to continue volunteering and asked me to find more job shadowing opportunities for her. She's shadowed three doctors so far and loves the experience. Any thoughts on how I could turn job shadowing into an elective or science credit? I also have calls in to several labs so if she can shadow, intern or participate somehow. I know I'm pushing the envelope especially for her junior year, but know that she's not shooting for an ivy league school - plans to apply to University of Florida, University of Tampa and University of South Florida....maybe Miami. Think this crazy idea would be a red flag since it's her junior year?
  9. I believe ICES does offer short term programs - one semester. And maybe 6 weeks. I'll definitely look into this option. Thank you!
  10. You are right. And dh is not 100% on board. Appreciate your insight.
  11. far such positive experiences. I can't wait to share your comments with my family.
  12. Sorry...I mean dual enrollment. Thanks for the insight! Super helpful.
  13. Considering it. We recently moved into a larger home, and are fortunate to be in a decent financial position. (At least for the moment! Family owned businesses are a roller coaster ride!) We briefly considered being foster parents but that path doesn't seem to be the right fit for our family. So, we're thinking about hosting a student through ICES: boy or girl, age 15-18, would attend the public high school which is a mile away, they have health insurance/allowance, one or two semesters here, we can select the student, we can "return" the student if it doesn't work out. Background on us: DD16, going to DE for 11th, will have her drivers license this fall. DD13, 9th. Both girls are active. Husband works long hours. I'm full time with the girls. The girls are very open to the idea. Husband is worried that having another student in the house will take away from his time with the girls. I think we should share our current situation and feel that an exchange student would add yet another positive element to our family dynamics. Any thoughts out there?
  14. We are all about Mr D and Ms Regina London has been truly phenomenal with AP Calc this year.
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