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  1. Quest has one - https://www.questcourses.com/sample-a/ap-us-history/
  2. Have you considered Earlham? I feel that is a potential match for him and the EPIC program seems like a good draw. In addition they don't require the CSS profile which is helpful in your case. Honestly I do feel that he has some solid matches in his list academically but it is the financial part that is difficult. Most schools that require the CSS profile are always going to want both parents info. I am a single parent and this was the most difficult part of the process when my kids were applying to schools. You really need to know what you are working with financially in order to make up a solid list of schools. Without this knowledge he really is just applying with blinders on. Also you may want to consider schools that are test optional if you feel his ACT score doesn't reflect him as a student. Farrar and I have compilied a list of schools for homeschoolers that can be found here.
  3. The UC app does not have a place for a school profile or other counselor info like the common app. Instead the student has to include this info in the additional info section or in one of the PIQ prompts. My son, when he applied a few years ago, used the additional info section to discuss homeschooling and how it personally benefited his as a student. He also gave info on what homeschooling looked like for him. If you are on Facebook there is a wonderful group for CA parents that you may want to join - CA Homeschool College Seekers.
  4. I agree with this suggestion. Another CTCL to look into is Knox College. I know D&D is quite big there.
  5. I run Simplify with Farrar. We will be running a sale starting on Monday for Memorial Day. The sale will run for one week and GPS will be 10% off during the sale.
  6. My twins were both QuestBridge finalists. Neither one matched but my son was accepted during regular decision. My daughter was not accepted to any of the schools but this was mostly due to the fact that she decided to major in music half way through the application process which through a wrench into everything. My son has been very happy with his school and the aid package he recieved (which was very generous and included two extra scholarships awarded in the summer to cover books and a future summer internship). He has also enjoyed the extra support of being a QuestBridge scholar on campus and has made some close friends with the other QuestBridge students. It is a lot of work to apply but for us it was worth it. I wrote a blog post on QuestBridge for anyone looking for more information.
  7. Many, many homeschoolers get accepted to the UCs every year. If you are applying as a PSA student you do not need to worry about a-g at all. Instead your student would either be admitted by exam or by exception as stated already in the thread. My own son was admitted to UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and UC Merced with his homeschool transcript and his ACT score. No AP scores, no SAT subjects tests so it is possible. My best advice would be to have your student have a strong transcript with some AP courses and/or cc courses, strong test scores, and great essays. If you are looking for a support group of other CA parents you may want to join CA Homeschool College Seekers on Facebook. I am one of the moderators of the group. It is a wonderful resource for parents of homeschoolers in CA.
  8. My son is at Hamilton and loves it. With the huge bump in applicants this year that is quite an accomplishment. Congrarts to your son.
  9. Agreeing with this as a single parent. Schools that require the CSS Profile want both parent's financial info which is important to keep in mind. I would run Net Price Calculators before making a list. Some private schools don't use the CSS so keep an eye out for them. Also I would add more safety and match schools to his list to create a balance. Maybe look at more CTCL schools like Earlham or St. Olaf.
  10. If you are on Facebook join this group - https://www.facebook.com/groups/CollegeSeekers/ It is a CA based college group that has such knowledgeable people in it who will be able to help.
  11. I have SVT and PVCs. You need to see the cardiologist and get on a heart monitor for a longer period of time. Usually the 48 hour one is just a starting off point and with the amount you are having they will no doubt follow up with various tests. Normally for PVCs that are bothersome they will treat with beta blockers. With SVT they can do beta blockers or an ablation. I am on medication and find it extremely helpful. For some though they prefer the ablation.
  12. My teens and I just watched The Man Who Invented Christmas on Prime. We all enjoyed it.
  13. Definitely see the cardiologist as soon as possible. It sounds like supraventricular tachycardia to me and possibly PoTS. My SVT started showing up in my teens and everyone thought it was just anxiety. It is really quite frightening to a young adult to have your heart race so I hope she gets a proper diagnosis soon.
  14. Last year the high schools in Irvine were open to homeschoolers. They haven't updated their info for this year yet but you could call and check.
  15. My DS applied to quite a few UC schools without having hardly any A-G courses. I really feel that they evaluated his application holistically. He had a high ACT score, a few AP classes (although no AP scores) and the rest was a variety of online and home brewed classes. He got into UC Davis, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, and UC Merced. He did not get into UCSB which is ironic as it was my alma mater. For him I feel he had a good story to tell and used the essays to tell his story and explain his path. He also had some good extracurriculars. I tell everyone who homeschools through a PSA that your student should apply to the UCs as they evaluate homeschoolers differently than they do traditionally schooled students.
  16. My son was also denied for accommodations at the College Board the first few times we requested. They finally agreed on our fourth attempt. They are so hard to work with. The ACT, on the other hand, was the complete opposite. They approved all his accommodations within two weeks of requesting them.
  17. My son also used The Great Courses as a basis for astronomy in 9th. I matched it with a text book and then he got involved in our local astronomy group and did activities all year with them. He ended the year with Astronomy Camp in Arizona. This ended up being his favorite science in high school and I put it down to Filippenko. His lectures are engaging and inspiring.
  18. I had a syllabus approved last fall. It took me a while to actually get it written but once submitted it was approved. I remember it wasn't approved immediately (unlike my Human Geography syllabus) but I think that had more to do with the time of year I submitted it than anything else.
  19. My son took a premium course, AP US Government, through UC Scout last year. It was a solid course with a great teacher. He was happy with the whole set-up. It is definitely a get-it-done type of class but for my son it was a good experience.
  20. This is happening to me too. I don't want my email everywhere if possible. My username was Jilly.
  21. There was a suicide in my area in January and unfortunately the pressure of being perfect in high school did contribute to it. You can read about it here.
  22. Some of these vendors will still be a-g approved if taken through a charter with a teacher grading the work. For instance some of the Online G-3 classes are still approved through Inspire.
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