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  1. Just thought I'd post an update on what has transpired with the whole European credential situation. With regret, we have finally decided to enroll our daughter in a full-time IB school for the next two years. After trying by every means we knew to get the authorities here in Italy to acknowledge the requirements listed on their own website for recognizing American educational credentials, we had to admit our chances of success were very slim. It wasn't just a matter of documentation, but of finding any navigable path at all. Even as listed, the requirements are onerous to an American
  2. I found this today in LaStampa and thought it would be a good addition to the list: http://matutor.scuola.zanichelli.it/base/ It's online practice for the math portion of the maturita', plus previous tests. Buona lavora!
  3. Have you watched all the cosmology/astronomy videos on Khan Academy yet? My daughter watches them for fun during lunch, just because she enjoys having her mind blown by super massive black holes, scales of the universe, and theories about a possible fourth dimension ;-). You can do as little or as much as you want, or add it to something else. Also, I agree about the wisdom of giving yourself some time to get used to a new culture. It does take a lot of energy, especially since your husband will need extra help, too. I hope it goes well!
  4. I have to admit that the C2 part went by me the first time, because I assumed B2. My daughter only had to pass Italian to B2 to start the conservatory, I think, and she must have just squeaked by. She got better once all her classes were in Italian, but I'm still not sure she's a C2! Amazing how they can turn on the mental juice when they have to, isn't it? And I hear you on the financial aid. I'm not counting on it! And Laura C., yes, there are good conservatory options outside of London, I think. I've got someone who used to conduct in the UK checking on the strings programs.
  5. Oh, yes, I forgot about that! I rather did like the word "subjects," though. I think the reason I tend to say "school" is so that I won't say university, but also to distinguish from the type of conservatory that doesn't have any requirements except being in line for solo career/household name status (yikes!). I'm using it in the US sense. But you're right, of course, that it's not used in Europe, and that college is used both in the US and UK to refer to a subdivision within a university, so I'll keep that in mind when talking to people in the UK. My sloppy American habits could be q
  6. Absolutely. We've seen this already. It makes a huge difference. Otherwise, it feels like you're constantly reinventing the wheel, which is how I've felt like for about the past year. We are, however, slowly but surely, making progress.
  7. Thanks, Laura. Well, that is a thorough page, isn't it? Admittedly, I have a headache at the moment and couldn't look at it that long, but I looked up "national," and I think it means I have to be a citizen of an EU country, though I wasn't entirely sure because it said "citizen or national." Perhaps it's worth a talk with the school, though. There's got to be some advantage to the mountain of paperwork we did to get residency here, and to paying all those European taxes!
  8. I don't know the answer, but I posted the same question about Potter's School chemistry on my online math placement thread, so I look forward to seeing what people have to say. Evolution or lack thereof wouldn't matter so much for chemistry anyway, would it?
  9. They don't care about the diploma accreditation? Wow, that could make a difference of thousands of dollars in umbrella school fees! Of course, I'll need to check that out for the schools we're most interested in. I'm getting extra documentation ready anyway. What you're saying about the American admissions officer surprises me, and I hope it's true. I have yet to find such a person, and wonder if it's because conservatories are usually smaller than universities. The director here candidly said she'd never had an Americans apply before, and was shocked to hear that the US doesn't have a
  10. Woohoo, thanks! Lots of stuff to go through here, and I will. Meanwhile, does anyone have experience with specific math or chemistry offerings/teachers from The Potter's School or Scholars Online?
  11. Thanks, momof2cm! I did look at the linked brochures (at least the parts I could read), and they do say to present "proof of university certification." This is, of course, standard fare for Europeans and means exit exam results, but it requires interpretation for Americans, especially homeschooled ones. It's true that conservatories are separate from universities, but they almost all require academic qualifications. Conservatory entrance exams are necessary as well. Since music isn't often a big part of the various secondary school curricula, there has to be some way to test skill level
  12. My dd needs a good online math course for next year, with support, and I'm honestly not sure what course we need. Dd previously worked with a tutor and skipped around on topics including a good bit of trig and calculus. What she understands, she seems to understand well, but I seriously doubt she got every facet of trig and precalculus up to that point. So, first question: Does anyone know of an online placement test she could take? And secondly: Given that she's likely to place anywhere between algebra II and calculus (but most likely somewhere in between those), and give
  13. Ester Maria, I don't know if you are still considering this, or where in Italy you live, but the American School of Milan has been willing to allow our daughter to take American tests as a private candidate. The contact, Andrew Newton, is a very pleasant man. Message me if you'd like more info. Probably other American schools would allow outside candidates as well. I agree with the others. Most US schools don't require a diploma, and have their own requirements posted on their sites. They usually want ACTs, SATs, or SAT IIs. It often throws people in Europe for a loop when they
  14. Thanks, Laura! I'm mostly thinking of this as a possible English-language equivalent of the maturita'. If they gave us no other choice, at least it beats that! Here's what the Italian website says about British qualifications: "The British secondary qualifications normally accepted consist of 6 passes in different subjects, at least 3 of which must rank at advanced level. The 3 A-levels must be related to the chosen Italian programme (course requirements). An A-level in Italian is valid for admission to any programme, independently of its subject field." If we pursued this, I
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