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  1. Can you give me a link or an idea where I could find someone with the right credentials?
  2. (X-post from Gen Ed board) This is something only a small fraction of this board might have any experience with, but I thought I’d throw it out there. I’m helping a family who needs a referral for a good long-term (6 months+) residential treatment program or therapeutic school for a super bright student struggling with mental illness. I’m open to referrals to an educational consultant who specializes in this very niche market, too. The student has been in a few treatment settings since January, but none are more than 2-6 weeks long and it’s becoming clear that both student and family will need something longer term. They are not capable of intense academics right now, but do need to finish high school. They are turning 17 soon, and live in the PNW, but the family would consider any high-quality program that meets their needs and is at least partially covered by their health insurance, regardless of location. Thanks in advance for any information you might be able to share.
  3. (X-post on high school board) This is something only a small fraction of this board might have any experience with, but I thought I’d throw it out there. I’m helping a family who needs a referral for a good long-term (6 months+) residential treatment program or therapeutic school for a super bright student struggling with mental illness. I’m open to referrals to an educational consultant who specializes in this very niche market, too. The student has been in a few treatment settings since January, but none are more than 2-6 weeks long and it’s becoming clear that both student and family will need something longer term. They are not capable of intense academics right now, but do need to finish high school. They are turning 17 soon, and live in the PNW, but the family would consider any high-quality program that meets their needs and is at least partially covered by their health insurance, regardless of location. Thanks in advance for any information you might be able to share.
  4. How about taking an 8-week online DE course via ASU beginning mid-August in Astronomy? https://ea.asu.edu/courses/introduction-to-solar-systems-astronomy-ast-111/
  5. OP, I can’t really answer your question about admissions/scholarships without AP science, but I thought I’d mention my rising senior has similar interests. She has taken algebra-based physics, regular chem, honors bio, and will take AP Bio and Connie’s Intro to Orgo class next year. She won’t have quite as much math as your daughter as she’s taking AP Calc AB next year. Our state flagship is intensely competitive, though, and she also plans to apply to some other selective schools. I hope it will be enough, but time will tell...
  6. I did the SAME thing! I also listened to the audiobook of at least 2 or 3 of them. They were good company during the endless cleaning, cooking, and laundry that went along with having my whole crew together under one roof for months!
  7. Last summer my DD probably spent about 5 hours per week doing test prep over the course of 8-10 weeks. Most of that time was spent doing timed practice sections and analyzing her mistakes with the help of a tutor. She raised her ACT composite about 7 points over that timeframe. Of course, it was a pandemic so she didn’t have too much else going on! She did simultaneously do driver’s education and spent a few hours a day doing ballet via zoom.
  8. You could always fly to Florida** to test; at least in the area where DD is attending ballet school, none of the test dates were cancelled this year! **I’m kidding! But, I will admit that DD is remaining in FL an extra week after her training ends so she can be guaranteed to get to take the 6/12 ACT. At the time I registered her, it was iffy whether Michigan test sites would be open.
  9. Based on this news story, I would definitely not recommend Bucknell U (or at least dig a little deeper and investigate whether this anti-LGBTQ vibe is endemic at the U). https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/17/us/bucknell-university-pennsylvania-lgbtq-student-community-incident/index.html
  10. Sounds like you’re on the right track. My DD, a rising senior, just asked the following for LOR: 1) Math teacher she had for Alg 1, Alg 2 , and AP Stats 2) English teacher she had for AP Lang & AP Lit and will have worked for as a TA for 2 years 3) Director of Faculty & Curriculum at her pre-professional ballet school who has been her teacher for the last two years Gifts to letter writers feel...a little unethical to me, but DD will definitely write thank-you letters.
  11. Thanks for your personal endorsement! Any idea when she’ll post her fall class offerings and schedule? I’m really interested, but want to get something nailed down soon.
  12. Okay, I’m not in the market for middle school science, but now I must go look...
  13. No religious content in the Latin class, but GB students were very religious/politically conservative and vocal about their beliefs in class; the teacher made an effort to teach in a secular manner, but class discussions always veered into Christian content. It didn’t work for our secular family.
  14. Anne Van Fossen has made learning Latin so joyful this year. My DD is a big fan (and she was NOT a fan of her prior Latin classes)! It seems, at least by reputation, CLRC is less intense than Lukieon, but I don’t have any personal experience with the latter.
  15. Definitely wait. It is meant to be done just before college apps are submitted. Goal is to walk out with a polished common app essay.
  16. Yeah, I hear you. I think I felt that way in the beginning, but I grew to love the format. There is something simple and wonderful about getting to read slowly and deeply over the course of a month then doing a deep-dive analysis of it. My ADHD child did struggle with staying engaged in the 1.5-2 hour class at first, but with snacks, doodling, and stretch breaks, we figured out how to enjoy it. But, I’ll concede it isn’t for everyone. We’re switching to a weekly class next year for similar reasons. It was great for the elementary years for my kid, tho.
  17. DD16 is so easy to please— everything she did was a hit this year! 5 stars on all of the following: WHA AP Stats w/Reini; PAH AP Psych w/Gonzalez; PAH AP Lang w/Serbicki; CLRC Latin 3 w/Van Fossen; BT Hon Pre-Calc w/Porter; BT Hon Bio w/Paine. Also super pleased with ACT tutoring w/Stacey at Stellar Scores. She produced great results and was actually fun to work with! And the year was truly made by the friendships she built at her residential ballet school this year. It’s true what they say about the friends you meet/bond with during difficult circumstances; I’m pretty sure these five girls will be connected throughout their lifetimes. It was especially poignant because DD has been homeschooled her whole life and had never really found her tribe before this year— other smart, motivated, intense, lovely humans. It was really wonderful. Now DD11 is a different story.... Definitely some misses, but I’ll save that for the K-8 board!
  18. I completed her Google form indicating an interest in a few courses, but I haven’t heard anything. Hopefully she’s just running behind at the end of the semester and will update soon. Her site still says: If you are interested in classes for the 2021-2022 academic year, please fill out the interest form here: https://forms.gle/sXxaTSa3yuYJEbqy6 I will use the responses on the interest form to help me schedule course offerings and will open registration by mid-April 2021.
  19. @happyhome Sorry for jumping in here, but if the goal of taking those AP classes/exams is to earn college credit and not take physics in college, you may want to look into whether that could be problematic for medical school admissions. It’s my understanding that for some med schools, the core pre-requisite classes must be taken at a 4-year university (no CC or AP credit allowed). Obviously, solid physics exposure now will make college physics easier if he’s just taking the classes for high school credit.
  20. One additional thing I should have mentioned above: my DD took Honors Pre-Calculus and Honors Bio at BT this year. She has taken classes from many different providers, but BT was her favorite, by a long stretch, in terms of their portal/platform and consistent organization. She describes it as intuitive and very easy to navigate, so much so that she decided to take three of next year’s courses at BT: AP Calc, AP Bio, and Senior English. I mention this because their platform seemed to be a deterrent/negative for you (if I’m interpreting your comment above correctly). I believe it was completely new this year, so it’s possible it has been overhauled and improved.
  21. Congratulations to your DD! As you know, I have such fond feelings toward the smaller school 😍 and think she made the right decision!
  22. My DD has taken both of Lili Serbicki’s AP English classes (one via AIM and one at PAH). I describe them as being rich, but lean. The workload isn’t overwhelming, and they’re well organized. There is a weekly live class, but DD always watches the recorded lecture at 2x speed for efficiency. Average daily/weekly work is hard to say; DD is a fast processor/reader/writer and does 100% of the planning and execution independently. I would say Serbicki is a hard-ish grader who offers specific, detailed feedback; DD has managed to maintain an A both years, but started off each course with one or two lower essay scores before she figured out how to write for each course. Last year was obviously a weird year, but she scored a 5 on the Lang exam. She’ll be taking the the Lit exam in a few weeks; fingers-crossed for another good score. Let me know what specific questions you have and I’ll ask DD.
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