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  1. 8 hours ago, MamaSprout said:

    I’m OP.

    Kiddo has an A+ in her calc class and is seriously bored/ annoyed with her classmates. However, she does seem to be getting past her test anxiety, lol. It’s okay. It gives her time to work a job, do scholarship application and double down on her other classes.

    It should be an excellent review/reinforcement of concept, and, if all else fails, it might be a nice confidence boost!

  2. 31 minutes ago, mom31257 said:

    I would hesitate to focus too much on the healthcare aspect because she'll get so much of that in her degree programs. I would focus on the things she WON'T get a lot of, depending on where she goes to school. I would make sure she has plenty of literature, history, art, and humanities. I think a well rounded education serves them better than a focused one too early. And if she changes her mind, she's preparing well for any kind of college experience. 

    I agree with this^^ completely! My DDs/nurses had such specialized educations in college that there wasn’t too much time for exploring other interests. 

    The most important thing for nurses (anyone, really) to develop in high school is good critical thinking skills.

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  3. Okay, spoke with my DD about this class. She said she spends 45-60 minutes per day, 6 days/week on this class, so 5-6 hours/week? (As a caveat/for context, she is a very fast reader and processor with strong executive function skills. She’s also taking: Calc AB, Blue Tent post-AP Eng, Connie’s O-Chem, CLRC Latin Readings, and DE Sociology. And she dances 30-ish hours per week.)

    She said the class is harder than Jetta’s Physics that she took in 9th, harder than Connie’s regular Chem that she took in 10th, and slightly harder than Blue Tent honors bio that she took in 11th. It is easier than Connie’s O-Chem (and she prefers the O-Chem class, fwiw).

    The teacher is very organized, her content is solid, and she grades quickly.  DD is impressed as this is the teacher’s first year teaching AP. 

    Lmk if you have any specific questions for DD. 

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  4. If my kid were interested in Cornell, I’d simply submit my course descriptions (which contain much, but not all of the info detailed above). They could take it or leave it. It’s important to remember who is the customer here— we’re paying them, not the other way around. There are plenty of other schools (even highly -selective schools that have much more favorable attitudes toward homeschoolers) out there. 

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  5. 7 hours ago, ShepCarlin said:

    Finished FAFSA this morning. DS got his first acceptance notice yesterday which was a good thing. He is still working on an essay to his "pie in the sky" dream school but the acceptance that came in yesterday will most likely be where he ends up. Overall, the experience was less stressful than I anticipated years ago (keeping his transcript and course descriptions updated on a yearly basis was my saving grace), yet still rather taxing. My right eye won't stop twitching and I eat Tums on a regular basis but I'm hoping that is all temporary ;). I'm excited for him as he's so ready to spread his wings and fly. 

    Congratulations to you both!

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  6. I guess this is sort of like the school profile  questions on the Common App; it’s just doesn’t really make sense in the context of homeschooling, so we are forced to just answer in the way that makes to most sense to us. 

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  7. I just completed this on Saturday and I chose high school diploma. She’ll have one that is recognized by our state and given by me. I don’t even know what they mean by homeschooled? That doesn’t answere the question of what their ‘completion status is’. By definition, if you’ve completed high school, you’re no longer homeschooled, right?

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  8. 1 hour ago, Roadrunner said:

    I am musing what the best approach is for testing as well. I wonder if there is a value in taking it as late as possible (Fall of senior year) to maximize the scores. Also is it better to prep for an hour per week for an year or do an intensive month prep before the exam? 
    I think we have pretty much decided to give it three tries. Now it’s the question of how to space those out and how to approach prepping. 

    I think prepping intensively for 4-6 weeks before first exam with continued prep (less intensively) between tests 2 and 3 would be most effective. This is assuming you can make that work with your schedule. My 3rd DD did this with the intensive prep during the summer of ‘20 when not much else was going on! My older DDs did less intensive prep over a full semester and neither achieved as much of a score gain. 

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  9. 2 hours ago, ShepCarlin said:

    DS has applied to two schools and is working on essay for the 3rd. One of the schools had all his info mid August and we are still waiting on a decision. Is this normal? I'm losing my mind over here as I personally *need* to see an acceptance to rest my mind. DS is soooooo laid back, not stressed at all (which is good but how can he be like this?!) The school that got his info mid August has a note on his page saying they are waiting for his FAFSA info. Well....technically he can't do that until tomorrow at the earliest. I'm also still confused on the FAFSA stuff. He shouldn't need to apply for loans this upcoming year as he has money put away. But if they want to offer him a merit based scholarship, that would be well received ;). So does he *really* need the FAFSA this year and do schools wait to see what your FAFSA is before they send an acceptance? 

    Some, but not all, schools require FAFSA even for merit-based aid. Schools usually aren’t transparent about whether they consider need in admissions process; rare schools do advertise that their admission process is ‘need blind’, but I’ve only ever seen this claim made by highly-selective schools. 

  10. Gah! DD is having trouble getting her teachers to write her LOR’s. [I know it’s early days. We’re just a little uptight!] She chose two teachers she’s been in class with for multiple years (3 years for math teacher; 2 years for English teacher, plus working as her TA for a year). She initially asked them to write a letter for her last June. Both eagerly agreed.

    She sent a detailed email requesting the letters on 8/1 explaining her timeline, background, interests, plans, etc. Both replied asking when she needed the letters. She told them ideally by 9/1.

    On 9/19, she sent a follow-up/reminder e-mail to both. No response.

    Today, 9/30, she sent a note saying, “Just checking to see how your letter is coming along. Need any more info from me?”

    I’m sure both will follow through eventually. DD was hoping by asking late summer before the new school year began that they would submit her letters right away, or at least within the 30-day window she gave them (8/1-9/1). 

    Her first deadline isn’t until 11/1, but it makes me nervous that they’ve both gone dark. I imagine they get asked to write several letters each year. They probably sit down and do them all at once and they just haven’t done that yet. But, gah! I guess this is just a rant. Rant over.

    ETA: Math teacher replied right away, apologized for letting it slip his mind, and asked to be reminded where to send it. We went into Common App and re-sent the invitation to him. Fingers-crossed he’ll get right on it.

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  11. 8 hours ago, 8filltheheart said:

    If that were the case, then my last 2 high school grads would have had exactly 1 subject area with grades that would have been considered, Russian for 1 (taken with a private tutor) and German for another (German Online).  Considering they both received merit scholarships, one of them her U's top competitive scholarship (as well as offers from multiple other universities, including  a scholarship from URochester and full-tuition at Fordham), it is doubtful that they awarded them scholarships based on no grades.  I believe that my printed off of my homeschool printer with mom as their primary teacher and grade giver transcript was accepted at face value.  (Considering that dd graduated in May with a 4.0, I'm guessing that her U is probably willing to continue to accept mom-assigned grades.) 

    Especially when they have top 1% SAT scores!

  12. I’m going to agree with you on this one. The only caveat: I would recommend against stretchy pants that are tight like leggings— something more like a loose-fit trouser would be good. I think the whole world has gone much more casual since the pandemic. The dress code in husband’s office, which was previously ‘business attire’ is now business casual as you describe above. I can’t imagine a health-care setting would be any more formal. 

    My DD is an RN and just took a new job in July with a non-profit agency where she dresses business casual. Her colleagues are OTs, PTs, social workers, and other nurses. Her new ‘uniform’ is stretchy dark pants, a cute top + cardigan, and Dansko clogs. It looks very professional, but is appropriate for the work she has to do with her clients (patients).


    ETA: Obviously, interviews are slightly more formal than day-to-day dress, but there is nothing worse than showing up in I’ll-fitting clothes and uncomfortable shoes. She’ll feel more confident and be less distracted if she looks professional, but feels comfortable.

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  13. 2 hours ago, LSG said:

    I would not make that assumption; call/email FLVS to verify. I would think that they would be happy to send an official transcript for the classes she’s completed with them. 

    Sorry, I messed up the quote. This is what I meant:

    “(I am also assuming that FLVS will not send an official transcript since she is fully a homeschooler?)”

  14. I attended a panel info session last week including admission committee reps from five highly-selective schools (attended another one two weeks back with a different set of schools). They all seemed to tow the same line with regard to standardized testing’s relative importance: essentially saying test scores are only important if other areas of your application are weak, and they won’t get you in, but can help bolster an application with some gaps/weaknesses.

    Of course, this was not specifically addressing the importance of test scores for homeschooled applicants. I think it is going to be pretty school-dependent. Some schools seem inherently more distrustful of homeschool transcripts. For those schools, I imagine a high test score will carry a lot of weight. For other schools that seem a little more ‘evolved’ (for lack of a better term), they don’t seem to be put off by no test scores even for homeschool applicants. 

    I think if your student is a good test-taker, it’s worth it to maximize test scores, but not at the expense of other things (EC’s, rigorous transcript, good LORs, strong essays, etc.). If your student isn’t a good test taker (and there is some room for a growth mindset here— this can be improved), I don’t think it is a deal-breaker anymore, but they better shine in other ways.

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