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  1. Congratulations to your youngest and also to you. Moving on from homeschooling is a big transition as is being a parent of an adult. You don't stop loving them, but the expression of that love changes.
  2. I've done it twice. The first time I created a detailed syllabus. The second time I adopted one of the sample syllabuses. It's a pretty good course, but it's easy to get behind.
  3. One thing I've seen elsewhere is that many high schools don't have a school profile document or have one that leaves many questions unanswered. When I read what CB is trying to it it seems in pary like information the school should be providing. But if there isn't a school profile then the info might not be there. It is possible that schools might also tend toward profiles that are largely positive and don't highlight what students have to overcome to do well. But the comment above about nit trusting College Board is my response in a nutshell.
  4. My youngest son just finished his 4th year on a Science Olympiad team. He did two years on a B level (middle school) team and 2 years on a C level (high school) team. It has been an amazing experience for him. It not only gave him a solid cadre of interesting peers, but gave him some design challenges to work with. His specialty has been various builds: balsa wood towers, wood "boomilevers", mousetrap car, and thermodynamics device. He also did Experimental Design (one of my favorite events) and several study events. I think that his design and reasoning process has come a long ways. He has always been creative, but he has learned persistence and gained confidence in talking to other people about his designs. I think the back of the envelope suggestion is 30-60 minutes of study a day per event. This varies greatly. For my kid, his work on a build often took many, many hours (there might be 100 hours of design, build and testing in his mousetrap car). He didn't spend as much time on his study events (which showed in his results).
  5. Yep. Homeschoolers cover a whole gamut. I've been around some homeschoolers who are doing amazing things. Some who are struggling and don't know what to do next. Many who are in between. One of the more corrosive attitudes I've experienced is the one that has contempt for college and as a corollary thinks that their precious ninth grader is ready for college courses, just because a day doing nothing in homeschool is better than any day at a public school.
  6. That's great. It makes a big difference, and student ownership of the process shows in the application and interview.
  7. Also, look for Candidate forums in your area. These are typically spring and fall and may be sponsored by your member of Congress. They often have reps from all of the academies available to talk to. Your kid should take the lead in asking questions about how to be a strong Candidate.
  8. Sports answers a few questions, like teamwork and leadership experience, physical ability and trainability, and the experience of doing hard things because they were required. Students who are not on team sports need to demonstrate those factors in other ways. Regular physical activity is necessary. You should look at sports outside the public schools. Rec leagues, running clubs, fencing, cycling, swimming, martial arts, water sports, etc. Students who are not in a sport will want to have outstanding results on the fitness assessment.
  9. I'll add that there is a lot of variety from college to college. Some don't want transcripts and descriptions at all, just test scores. Some have students build a course list within the application. Others will want lots of supporting documentation. Some have started asking for applicants to submit a graded paper. Students doing music, art, and drama applications may need portfolios or lists of works performed. It can be hard to state general rules to cover ever situation. But admissions typically spends much less time with each file than you'd expect. Make sure the highlights show.
  10. Yes, this is what I was trying to get at. I don't think what Lee Binz suggests is bad record keeping. I just don't think all of that needs to go to colleges as part of the application. In particular I think there is a risk that for students whose strength is demonstrated outside the academic details the admissions reps will miss the significance of other accomplishments in the pages of info about standard courses. The way I think about it is that my kids have a story to tell about who they are as students and also as people. I want all of the significant parts of their story to come across and be noticed. I don't want to bury the highlights.
  11. Also I suggest handing off most of the research to your kid. One thing that is explicitly looked at is how much ownership the student takes of the process. You can read up so that you know what you will need to do (example with transcripts) but encourage your kid to take the lead.
  12. Each branch has a separate application. Navy and USMC are both under Navy ROTC but the student must indicate which program they are applying for (Navy option or Marine option). The Navy ROTC application opens up around March. I imagine the Army and Air Force have a similar timeline.
  13. I am familiar with her style of description. I think they include more information than a college admissions officer wants to sift through. I don't think there is as much uncertainty about homeschooling as there was years ago. One thing you might consider is asking the admissions offices at schools your kid wants to apply to. Ask them what level of detail is helpful. At one point I took a rough draft of mine to a college fair and showed it to several reps. You could also ask if you go on any college visits.
  14. I have Navy experience. The #1 problem I see is not finishing the application in a timely way. In particular I talk to candidates who are procrastinating on the sections they have to complete (vs teacher recommendations or the transcript). Practice the fitness assessment a lot, including practice in the same timed rest situation that the real test will be. It's much harder with the short rests. Know the requirements for each nomination and apply to each one you are eligible for. Deadlines differ by office. The process for submitting letters of recommendation can differ. Late requests are usually not considered. It is a highly selective process. MANY qualified candidates get turn down letters. I highly recommend reccomend also applying to the service ROTC scholarship.
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