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  1. Thank you for extracting the non-need info. When I look at Section H, I look at a couple different numbers. Of the students who applied for need based aid, how many received it. Then what was there average award. Of the remaining students, how many received non-need based aid and what percentage of the remainder is that. It's one thing to note there is a $6k average non-need based award. But if hundreds of students receive no aid, that tells you something too.
  2. Another source of aid info is the Common Data Set. Section H reports how many students requested and received need based aid and average awards. It then reports how many received aid that was not need based and what those average awards were. Here is the CDS page for Wisconsin.
  3. I think the concern over a dyslexia diagnosis would be that strings of alphanumeric characters would be misread. This could create a problem with things like coordinates for fire support. You might want to search the Service Academy Forums for info related to medical qualification and waivers.
  4. Lori, thanks for the historical context and the link to the current Regents requirements. I will mention this in the Affinity Group and see if we can offer constructive feedback that might encourage them to drop this. I can say my own kids often dropped a college simply based on the extra workload an application had.
  5. It would help if you mentioned the state you are in, so people could offer specific references. Homeschooling, like many other education requirements, is governed by state law; so there can be significant differences in requirements and procedures from one state to another. In general, I suggest looking at both what colleges require for admissions and what high school students in your area tend to accomplish in high school. The local high schoolers will be some of the students you child is competing with for admissions (especially for public colleges in your state). If they are doing rigorous work, it's worth knowing that. However, few colleges are going to base an admissions decision on coursework like health, driver's ed, PE, or financial literacy. If these are not required of homeschoolers in your state, you are probably safe to incorporate them in daily life or another class rather than making them the subject of an official homeschool course.
  6. I have talked to ASU reps several times about this, most recently this spring when one participated in a panel for the Homeschool Affinity Group of IECA (professional organization for Independent Educational Consultants). ASU is not looking for reasons to turn down students. They can take some alternative demonstrations of lab experience (AP exam scores, dual enrollment courses with a lab, and maybe the ACT science subsection score). They are definitely willing to discuss this with families to help them understand the requirement. The requirement was set by the Board of Regents, not by the college itself.
  7. Just wanted to send best wishes on helping your student navigate the application process. I haven't gone through this, but I was just in my practice Common App account yesterday and there is a place for the student to add amplifying information if the options for gender don't adequately describe them and they want to add more information.
  8. Yes, that's a good group, especially because everyone has first hand experience as a homeschooler and also as an IEC.
  9. My hunch is that some homeschoolers are applying and then no transcript is sent at all. After a student applies (especially through Common App) they often get a prompt to create and check a student portal with the college itself. This is where they are going to see that the college has flagged something as missing or incomplete. It's one more thing to do, when students often feel wrung out by the application process; but it's an important step. Not all colleges will reach out to a student for missing information.
  10. [Adding to a very old thread] This thread came up in a search relating to transcripts and homeschool clearinghouse. I wanted to add an update for others who might end up here, since this thread was on the first page of the search results. Hillsdale's admissions page no longer references using a clearinghouse or other entity for transcripts. https://www.hillsdale.edu/admissions-aid/admissions/application-process-2/ This is what their site has as specific guidance for homeschoolers (in June 2021, might be updated for the 2021-22 application cycle): Homeschool Students: Candidates for admission from homeschooling backgrounds are required to submit high school transcripts from the primary educator. We prefer that courses be listed on one page, be organized by year/level, and include grades. Notations may be made if courses were taken in a variety of contexts (i.e. co-op, guild, association, etc.). Detailed course descriptions, textbooks used, and/or a high school reading list may be submitted in addition to a transcript, but should not exceed five pages. If a homeschool student dual-enrolled at the college level during his or her high school education, please submit official college transcripts once the courses are concluded to be considered for transfer credit. Letters of recommendation should be written by individuals of no relation. If the primary educator is a parent, three letters may be submitted. It's also worth noting that they while they accept course descriptions, they ask that they not exceed five pages (which is roughly a page per content area).
  11. I've spent the last few years transitioning into an Educational Consultant role. This will be the first year I don't have one of my own doing applications, but work only with clients instead.
  12. Some things will roll over, including the tedious personal info in the Common App tab. Essays and college specific questions and writing supplements don't roll over.
  13. Social life, housing options Academic, professional, or social clubs Are required courses equally available Available minors that might be of interest If commuting, the ease of the commute and cost of parking.
  14. Two of my kids didn't get it, because our medical providers couldn't offer it. I definitely wanted it for them, because one lived in close quarters and the other was in a state with recent outbreaks. Third is headed to college in the fall and his provider ordered it with no drama. I'm not sure if that's because we have moved or because the vaccine is more available or if there is more awareness of the prudence of having this vaccine.
  15. Without seeing the price calculator, things like indirect costs come to mind. These are expenses like transportation and personal costs that come up, but aren't paid to the college. Where did the student indicate they would be living? The difference is around the average for room and board. The college might exclude that from aid or the family might have checked a box for living off campus.
  16. Are you looking at doing US Government or Comparative Government (or both)? If you are considering Comparative Government (one of my favorite APs) make sure there is somewhere your student can take the exam, because it is one of the least taken and least offered exams. What type of material are you looking for?
  17. Yes, you he should contact the college he was planning to go to in the fall and let them know about the grades. Admissions offers are usually extended with a condition that a significant drop in grades senior year may be grounds for reconsideration. He will want to get ahead of this with a letter informing them of the situation and any mitigating circumstances. If he is planning to retake the courses soon, he should say so. If his plan is to retake them at the new college, he can say that. If he is asking for a deferral for health reasons, he should do that soon. His college should have guidance on their policy on deferrals. How you treat the high school transcript is up to you. In essence you are the school administrator for your homeschool. There isn't a hard and fast rule about how dual credit courses go onto high school transcripts. But you may want to consider how you frame whatever decision you make. You policy might be to only list required courses, or courses that are C and above. I wouldn't just pretend the semester didn't happen (and this might mean he loses scholarships). On the Calculus course, I think you have two separate issues. One is how you represent the grade on the transcript. You are probably correct in not wanting to replace a CC failing grade with an at home make up grade. The other issue is how he prepares himself for his next encounter with Calculus. That could be done at home or through self-study, but it's reasonable to wonder if he is in a good frame of mind to do this without at least a tutor. Gently offered (because I'm sure your mama heart is feeling very battered right now), consider counseling to help him address not only how he's feeling over the grades, but also the feelings that contributed to the poor grades in the first place. So many college students report anxiety, depression, and suicidal feelings. I would be very reluctant about sending him away in the fall without professional assistance in building coping skills or diagnosing potential depression or other issues. Deep virtual hugs. This is a hard thing to parent through. Your family is not alone in having an experience like this. It's not a failure to openly discuss the possibility of depression or the need for help.
  18. On one application, we listed a group our Science Olympiad team was affiliated with. It really only exists on Facebook as a clearinghouse for events and teams.
  19. We did AP Comparative Government and it remains one of my favorite courses. It is also one of the least taken AP exams, so it can stand out a bit on a transcript. One thing we did was take about 6 months worth of The Economist and tear out as many long articles as we could find that related to the case study countries. These became a reading packet when we studied each country. When the kids took their exam, this reading gave them extensive background information that was fodder for the free response questions.
  20. We really enjoyed literature classes from The Lukeion Project. https://www.lukeion.org/courses.html The ancient literature courses Muse Unloosed (Greek) and Muse Reloosed (Roman) might be good options. Students tend to right model papers based on the style of literature they have just studied. So for example, they might write a family story in epic form. The instructor, Dr. Sue Fisher is a font of knowledge who is also funny and engaging. It looks like there are still seats available. https://www.lukeion.org/literature_survey.html Classical Bard is another good Lukeion course. We don't have experience with Skillful Scribler, which is a composition course. I would not recommend the College Research Writing course to students who are not already familiar with writing research papers. It is definitely upper level.
  21. If you put scores on a transcript, it can be problematic if the student wants to then apply test optional. That may not matter if the scores are high. If they are near the cutoff, it may not send such a positive signal. I've asked a few admissions officers about how they would weigh CLEP scores as part of admissions review. What I've gotten in response suggests they are not used at all. I think there are some homeschoolers who put more weight on CLEP than admissions officers at selective colleges do. (Selective being schools that admit fewer than 50% of applicants.) It's possible this will change going forward if the SAT & ACT decline but schools start want score data on homeschool students.
  22. Many districts allow students to meet world language graduation requirements by passing an AP exam. They can take the exam in 8th grade and free up a lot of room in their schedule. This is typically an option pursued by native or heritage speakers.
  23. @Farrar One concern I have is that as test scores are de-emphasized or eliminated (test blind, elimination of Subject Tests), colleges will look for other "official" outside indicators rather than reviewing homeschool academic experiences holistically. So they may want to see grades from online providers, DE, AP scores, or charter school transcripts rather than the results of courses taught and graded at home. There is a perception that instruction that is paid for is better and has high quality outcomes than instruction done at home. I saw one admissions rep recently compare "official" grades to work done with Mom and an encyclopedia set. Such a misconception of what many are doing in homeschooling (not to mention an underestimation of the potential benefits of an encyclopedia set). I think there is also potential for a swing back to requirements for scores from specific tests from homeschooled applicants even as traditional students can apply test optional (University of Washington for example).
  24. For those interested in digging into AP score distribution, Higher Ed Data Stories has lots of info pulled from the latest College Board data release. https://www.highereddatastories.com/2021/04/public-and-private-schools-and-ap-exams.html?m=1
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