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  1. If it is actually an AP course I would probably list it. The exams will be taken long after admissions decisions occur. It hasn't been unusual for seniors to skip AP exams if they know the school they are headed to doesn't offer credit for that course. If it's self-study and isn't going to appear as AP on the transcript, you could go either way on listing it.
  2. 1. There are some schools that use GPA scales that are not on a 4.0 = straight A paradigm. For example a course might be worth 10 quality points per semester. The Common App has to be able to accommodate many options, including overseas schools for international applicants. The 13, 14, 15 options may have been an easier way of programming the menu, or it might represent a weighted scale of some kind. If it doesn't apply to you, don't over think it. 2. If the question asks about which AP the student wishes to report, then the student can pick the scores. I would list all in progress AP courses. Also the registration period for exams has switched to fall, so if you don't have a test site for all exams yet, that should be a priority item.
  3. I think all three of those would fall well within the bounds of a science course. I awarded one credit for each CC course of 3+ credits. My kids had more than 4 credits in some subjects as a result, which was fine. Even my kids says that my English courses are more demanding than the English 100 CC course he took as a DE course.
  4. I think the president at Virginia Tech definitely has a goal of making the school larger (even over the frustration of the current student body). But I also think that the high yield was a surprise for them this year. I played around with the numbers when the large freshman class was announced. There had been a couple years of lower yield, and then this class was a higher yield year, but still within the norms for the past 5-7 years. When you are dealing with a large school, a couple percentage points difference can have a big effect. I don't think most colleges welcome news of being over-capacity. It's one thing to be very popular. It's something else to have to house students in converted lounges and hotels.
  5. You have an incredibly interesting and talented kid who has been holding her own at academic herpetology settings for years. That is a great thing. Will some colleges turn her down? Yep. Even my kid who was accepted at Stanford was turned down by some other colleges (including my own alma mater, which has become something we can joke about). I would definitely encourage her to bite the bullet and write about herself, even though that is outside her comfort zone. I totally understand the discomfort. It is a feeling she shares with the vast majority of students applying to college. I would also say that advocacy that failed can be just as interesting, maybe even more interesting, than work that went smoothly. When I interview, I love to talk to students about what went wrong in their projects and what they learned from it. In my mind, if there wasn't some failure, it might show that that the attempt wasn't audacious enough. And on a book note, I don't love Acceptance (or The Gatekeepers, a similar book from the admissions office side). It does show one class of students at one school fared. But not only does the counselor get things strikingly wrong for one student (in the afterward, at least one has transferred after freshman year), but also there are many students who don't have intimately connected counselors, who also get into great match colleges.
  6. Jenny, Sorry to hear about the biopsy. I can totally understand why that set you back a bit. I did two classes in the winter term and it was a lot of work to keep up with both of them, while also doing everything else in life. I had considered doing a summer term class, but we also made a major move those months. I was very happy not to be juggling class too. Best wishes for treatment.
  7. What?! It's not only pretty common in Virginia, but also a requirement under state law to allow access to homeschoolers.
  8. I've read of other students having this issue. I think that the problem with with the student preview itself, rather than with the document. I've seen counselors who say when they look at the document in their counselor/advisor preview window that the italics look normal. He could also submit a trouble ticket with Common App for more help.
  9. This is another program with a Corps of Cadets that doesn't require ROTC participation. Mary Baldwin University She might also look to see if there are volunteer EMT or firefighting opportunities at colleges she is interested in. One of my relatives was a volunteer firefighter through most of college. He spent weekends at the station studying and later had an apartment across from the station. He did firefighter training courses at the state fire academy over the summers. He has been a paid firefighter for many years now.
  10. Will your kid meet the requirements for an automatic transfer agreement with his #1 college? If not, I would do the course descriptions. For me, the key is at the end of your post, where you say he is applying to selective colleges. Your transcript and a set of course descriptions provide a place to lay out a cohesive view of his educational experience and readiness. Colleges will send a transcript if you request it, but will not include an explanation of the course content. The course description allows you to give more detail, even if you pull a lot from the college catalog. Things your course descriptions can clarify include: The course was taken as a high school student (the college transcript may not differentiate among possible student status options) Where the course falls in scope and sequence (for example one of my kids had a College Algebra course, which at that school was the first semester of a two semester pre-calculus series. The course description allowed me to state that rather than make it look like he'd gone from backwards to a remedial course) Clarify the content and level of the course (our college had several different chemistry offerings, including a full year STEM sequence, a one year survey, and chemistry for cosmetology. It also had a separate course number for chem labs. I was able to both explain that two courses (lecture and lab) were listed on my transcript as one entry and clarify why there was General Chemistry 1 and General Chemistry 2 for a full high school credit each semester) This is helpful for courses with less obvious titles too. Give info on setting for the course. (College transcripts might not differentiate between online, on the college campus or on a high school campus - possibly taught by a high school teacher. Some high schools teach dual enrollment courses at the high school with the college instructor coming there to teach or with a high school teacher authorized by the college to teach the class.) I would never say that without course descriptions a student won't get any college acceptance letters. There are many colleges that care more about other things. But I think if you are looking at colleges on the higher end of selectivity (25-30% acceptance rate or lower rates) that not doing course descriptions leaves a useful and potentially powerful piece of an application unsubmitted. Admissions might read the whole thing or they might spot check items they aren't sure of. Given that admissions spends around 15 min with each record, I don't think you can assume they will have time to research questions in a course catalog. Descriptions don't have to be really long or detailed. Mine are a long paragraph with a list of texts or resources used. I fit 2-5 courses per page.
  11. Be aware that the time for AP exam registration has shifted to the fall. You would want to be registering this week with a high school offering the exam, or be contacting College Board for assistance by Sept 4th. Because the timeline is new with a slightly new process, some high schools are declining to register homeschool students for the exams.
  12. How you use the Homeschool specific section will depend in part on what you include in a School Profile and/or Course Descriptions. Some people just write "see course descriptions" or "see school profile" as appropriate. I really liked my course descriptions and didn't want to take too much attention away from them. I think I did include some brief specifics about contact hours for outside classes in the homeschool section.
  13. I think longer breaks would be helpful, but I think they weigh the fatigue factor against the increased risk of cheating. I have a host of problems with College Board, but they do need to test questions against real students in a real testing setting. Otherwise you end up with tests that don't have equivalent levels of difficulty and that therefore produce dissimilar scores. They also need a broad selection of questions if they are going to have totally separate tests for overseas (where they have struggled with test security because questions have been used before). I do agree that it's a long and draining experience.
  14. I think when the data is for the high school it includes all neighborhoods for students attending the school, not just the one where the school is situated. It does make me wonder how they handle private schools or magnet schools that might draw from a larger geographic area than a contiguous set of neighborhoods.
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