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  1. Thank you! I am already overwhelmed with 9th grade possibilities — what’s one more? 😉 I see in the comment section that they do plan to update and release a 2020-21 version. 👍
  2. Log in at this site, and then click on the button to Add Section for each class. https://apcentral.collegeboard.org The site is indeed a maze. I’ll have to spend some time locating old tests. If all else fails, you could check the AP Community discussions (another maze in itself!). https://apcommunity.collegeboard.org
  3. Happy surprise here — my 11th grader got a 5 on AP Spanish Language & Culture. 😊
  4. Thanks! I know Jody Best’s class filled last year, so I’m surprised no one around here seems to have feedback! I’m certain mine isn’t ready for AP yet. She did all of WWE and has done WWS1&2, but she’s balking at WWS3 and wants a change. Thanks for the Debra Bell recommendation. That might work for next summer — this one is looking pretty full already.
  5. Too lazy to start my own thread, LOL. This one’ll do, since I have the same question!
  6. Same boat. My 11th grader has her last final on Friday. I know her profs did their best, but her online classes were pale shadows of their in-person selves. I am extremely conflicted about sending her back to the middle college in the fall. I would like for the middle college to retain her as a student, because I think they may be in desperate need of per-pupil funding next year. Plus if she decides to attend the state university, there are some advantages to graduating with a state-issued HS diploma. But I’m not going to be pressured into sending her back to campus before I think it
  7. My 11th grader took AP Spanish Language & Culture this year, and she really wants to take AP Spanish Literature & Culture next year. I’m not prepared to teach it, and she’d rather not self-study, so she is hoping to find a College Board-approved provider. Dual enrollment in a comparable course with a local college is not an option; the CC doesn’t offer Spanish lit, and the closest private college is not accepting single course enrollments right now. I’ve found both Johns Hopkins CTY and One Schoolhouse. The price tags are jaw-dropping, at slightly over $2K after including
  8. FYI, PA Homeschoolers has a new AP Spanish Language & Culture teacher. https://www.aphomeschoolers.com/cgi-bin/choose.pl?class=apspanish Ray Leven is still teaching, but only through his own website, and I believe he doesn’t plan to teach AP Spanish Language during the ‘20-‘21 school year. https://sites.google.com/site/spanishlearningonline/
  9. This is not accurate information. Although College Board administers both the SAT and AP exams, the registration process for them is completely different. AP exam registration is accomplished directly through the school (or test center) hosting the exam. Schools are encouraged but not required to accept outside students when they place their initial exam order in November. There is no way for a student to register online. This year, March 13 is the last possible date for schools to make changes to their November order. It really is too late; school AP administrators are unlikely to g
  10. Older kid is dual-enrolled full time (plus Leven AP Spanish). That means I only have my younger kid to deal with, and it suddenly seems like I have so much more time! I'm actually making progress with my Spanish, and I'm starting to learn Python. I'll be doing AoPS Intro Algebra alongside my younger one. And for fun I'm taking a world architecture class at the community college on one of the evenings my older one (no driver's license yet) has an evening class.
  11. My baby with be a 9th grader! Ray Leven Spanish 4 + conversation practice via LiveLingua French 1 independently (tentatively Espaces 3rd ed., conversation via LiveLingua, adding French in Action mid-year) WTMA Expository Writing III World History (year 2 of 2) using K12's Human Odyssey Funda Funda Academy Biology (+ honors option) Edhesive AP Computer Science A Geometry (not sure yet, considering WTMA's AoPS class, AoPS's online class, AoPS indpendently, or Derek Owens) She also has teen homeschool co-op 1 full day per week, art studio once/week (might i
  12. I have no feedback on ACE or SOS, but if you’re open to other options, I’d say Destinos is pretty gentle. Be warned that the (free!) telenovela component is early 90s cheesy. We loved it anyway . . . or maybe partly because of that. Having at least one “classmate” is important for language learning; is a parent or sibling willing to co-learn? Here’s a blog post describing Destinos (not my blog) http://www.tobefluent.com/2013/07/24/destinos/ If using it as a full curriculum rather than a supplement to another curriculum, the student works with the text briefly prior to watching the
  13. My state does not require a Notice of Intent letter and does not provide any sort of homeschool status confirmation, so I printed out the hypothetical NOI letter I could have submitted and sent that to College Board. I did not include any info other than name of student, grade level, and a statement that we would be homeschooling in accordance with the applicable state statutes. I don’t believe homeschool educators are allowed to run their approved courses for other people’s children. In that situation, I’d help all of the other parents to go through course audit themselves, using whate
  14. My younger daughter is taking Spanish 3 with Leven this year. She’ll continue with him, but also wants to add French next year. So we’re using Getting Started with French this semester, and we’ll officially start French 1 in the fall, with me as co-student. (I took French in high school, but most of it is long gone.) Because we’ve used Vistas (Sr. Gamache) and Descubre (Sr. Leven) texts for Spanish, we’re super comfortable using Vista Higher Learning’s materials. Since I found a couple copies cheap on Amazon with unused codes, we’ll use Espaces 3rd edition + workbook + Supersite (onli
  15. I don’t think it’d be a problem. The AP Course Audit is to approve the instructor and syllabus, not the students. Based on my reading of College Board documentation, after AP Course Audit you are allowed but not obligated to use the AP designation on transcripts. Indeed, there are high schools that withhold the AP designation on a student’s transcript if the student chooses not to take the AP exam.
  16. You may still have refund/withdrawal options available via appeal. If the course is clearly not a college-level course, the school could jeopardize their accreditation if they do not fix the problem. Agreeing to withdraw/refund a student currently earning an A should be an easy sell.
  17. My older daughter did Funda Funda Academy’s 5-week Python classes a few years ago, and last year she did Edhesive’s AP Computer Science A (Java-based). She enjoyed both and got a 5 on the AP exam. She thought Funda Funda was accessible for a beginner, but she did have some prior Scratch experience. Recently she’s been going through the Khan Academy programming for fun. She says she’s enjoying picking up bits and pieces that she hadn’t learned elsewhere.
  18. Thanks for your thoughts! I’m glad to hear that your daughter did this successfully without a formal course. I suppose we could do the same, probably using BtB and French in Action, unless I can convince my Vista Higher Learning rep to give me teacher access to their French texts (very unlikely). I even have a French in Action textbook and workbook waiting patiently on a shelf, intended for my future self’s use, but maybe I can share. I’m considering an online class mostly to protect my Spanish study time. This kid sucks me in to all of her studies, LOL. And French would not
  19. My 8th grader will be finishing up Ray Leven’s Spanish 3 this spring, and though she’ll be continuing Spanish, she’s also toying with the idea of adding French. I did the same, and my experience was that after a month of French 1, learning pronunciation and spelling rules, I was moved up to French 2. Prior Spanish experience meant I had acquired loads of cognates, and the grammar was very similar. I suspect it’ll be the same (or worse) with this kid. We had a tough time finding a Spanish 1 class that moved quickly enough for her last year. She hated the first two online Spanish 1
  20. My 8th grader will be finishing up Spanish 3 this spring, and though she’ll be continuing Spanish, she’s toying with the idea of adding French. I did the same, and my experience was that after a month of French 1, learning pronunciation and spelling rules, I was moved up to French 2. My Spanish experience meant I had acquired loads of cognates, and the grammar was very similar. I suspect it’ll be the same (or worse) with this kid. We had a tough time finding a Spanish 1 class that moved quickly enough for her last year. She hated the first two online Spanish 1 classes she tried.
  21. We have had positive experiences with both Dale Gamache and Ray Leven. My older daughter took Gamache’s class for Spanish 1-3 and Leven’s class for Spanish 4 and (currently) AP Spanish Language & Culture. She took the Spanish CLEP test (free via Modern States) right after Spanish 4, and she scored 79/80. My younger one started with Leven because she already had a pretty solid base and wanted a smaller class size and faster pace than Gamache offers. The downside is that Leven’s class only meets 1 hour per week, while Gamache’s meets a total of about 3 hours per week (and costs
  22. Here’s my list of steps: 1. Search AP Course Ledger to determine which schools have been offering the course in recent years. https://apcourseaudit.inflexion.org/ledger/ 2. Call College Board and ask for the AP Coordinator contact info for each school of interest: 888-225-5427. They should provide you with a name, phone number, and email address. It’s fine to skip this step and call the school directly, but I wouldn’t advise it. In some schools the front office staff tend to act as gatekeepers, and they may incorrectly claim that their school does not allow outside exam-takers.
  23. Pages 35-36 of this document detail the procedures for homeschoolers, independent learners, and students whose schools don’t offer AP exams: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-coordinators-manual-part-1-2019-20.pdf Because I went through Course Audit and was given a join code, my daughter has joined my class section in MyAP, the same way a virtual provider’s student would join the virtual school’s class section using the join code provided by the instructor. The AP coordinator at our test site will provide a second exam-only code for exam registration purposes, and my d
  24. So far so good. I just logged in to my teacher account and created my class. That generated a join code that my daughter will have to use when she logs on to join my class. She’s outta town at the moment, so I’m still not sure if she’ll use my join code or her exam site’s “exam only” code to register for the actual exam.
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