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Sandra in NC

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  1. I don't know how prevalent homeschoolers are at UNCSA, but I know it's a good program. My son's "muse" is a ballet dancer. After the high school program, she spent a year in the Richmond ballet. My son said she's in New York now, but I don't remember to the details of what she's doing, My son said that ballet is a difficult program. Some of the dancers he knew tried to transfer to contemporary dance. No luck. I remember once when he was home on break.... he was talking about the dancers and said, "I never knew feet were so important. They can talk for hours about feet."
  2. http://www.uncsa.edu/dance/admissions.htm My son attended 11th and 12th in visual arts. It's a beautiful, small school in Winston-Salem and it's goal is to nurture and train professional artists. In my son's graduating class, there were many out of state high school students (some even from other countries). I think it costs about $11,000/yr for OSS. NC residents pay nothing for the high school program.
  3. Sometimes, teens need to find something that is theirs-- not a group activity, but something that they can do on their own, successfully. My son is a gamer, and he has found Blender to be a creative outlet. Check it out. http://www.blender.org/ It's free, computer modeling software. Now, instead of playing games for hours, he is designing games. It also gives him hope for the future that he will have a career that interests him!
  4. I agree, get it out of the way, esp. since he doesn't like foreign language. Many small liberal arts colleges give credit for CLEP. In NC, there is a state school gives credit for a score of 36 on the German exam. The range for CLEP is 20-80; I think I could squeak out a 36 without even studying!
  5. One of the best prep sources for CLEP we use is Instantcert. See http://www.degreeforum.net/ If you join ($20/mo) you also get access to the specific exam feedback and flashcards. (Discount code 85722 will give you a break on the fee.) Sandra
  6. Don't waste all the work he's done so far! Have him take the CLEP. If he has had 3 years of Spanish, he might be able to pass at Level 1 or Level 2 and get college credit for it. I've heard the trick is to take notes during the listening section of the test so you can answer the multiple choice that follows. He could earn up to 12 credits! A score of 50 on the CLEP is generally considered passing, but for some of our state schools a score as low as 54 can earn 12 credits. Please look into this for your own state. (You can use the CollegeBoard's Find a College feature and look at the SAT/AP/CLEP page to see what scores are required for credit.) Here is and excerpt from http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/clep/ex_cls.html The examination contains 120 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. Some of these are pretest questions that will not be scored. There are three separately timed sections. The three sections are weighted so that each question contributes equally to the total score. Any time candidates spend on tutorials or providing personal information is in addition to the actual testing time. There are two Listening sections and one Reading section. Each section has its own timing requirements. * The two Listening sections together are about 30 minutes in length. The amount of time candidates have to answer a question varies according to the section and does not include the time they spend listening to the test material (40% of the total exam time). * The Reading section is 60 minutes in length (60% of the total exam time). Most colleges that award credit for the Spanish Language exam award either two or four semesters of credit, depending on the candidate's test scores.
  7. The admissions office at GA Tech encouraged students to submit a link to their website. On the website, put samples of work or any other information that would help them form a complete picture of the student --interests, abilities, passion, creativity, etc. They said they would look at this! This is relevant for my son, who has taught himself 3D computer modeling and has a game under development.
  8. Hi Moni,

    I accepted your friend request but I have no idea what that means. All I've used on this forum is the PM feature and general posting. So please let me know what I'm supposed to do to be a good friend. :-)

  9. I have found that my son likes to prepare for CLEP tests. It makes his learning measurably productive and that provides great incentive. My son sees that the work he is doing today will save him time and money in college. We have carefully selected CLEP exams that are accepted by his future college. Here is an inspirational post about someone who earned 30 credits in 37 days: http://www.degreeforum.net/general-education-testing-discussion/8615-30-credits-37-days.html
  10. I'm not looking forward to it based on your report!
  11. I'd add 3M Command hooks/strips to the packing list. Make sure your student practices removing them before he actually uses them at school -- a lot of damage can be done if they aren't removed properly. Also, an over-the door hook is handy for towels. My son went through a ton of band aids - all sizes. e.g. He skinned his knee and needed the super-huge ones. It's important to keep wounds covered due to the prevalence of MRSA. Another thing he'll take this year that he didn't take last year: A plastic bowl in case he gets sick. He did not have much experience with being sick before he went to school, so he didn't recognize his body's signals for vomiting. One night, he woke up nauseous and was not prepared when he started vomiting. It was a big mess for he and his roommate -- certainly not something you want to deal with when you're sick. After that, my son kept a large plastic bowl behind his bed just in case! Plain crackers and a bottle of Gatorade in the emergency medicine pack will go with him this year, too. If your student is going to a large school, the health center can be a long way from the dorm-- for my older son, it was a mile away and there was no transportation provided. When I called the health center they said, "Maybe a friend can drive him." None of his friends had cars. Fortunately, it was just a 24 hour bug and he toughed it out alone (well not exactly...he called me periodically to say how bad he felt.)
  12. The CollegeBoard's MyRoad program is free to students who have taken the PSAT. That alone is worth taking the test. (MyRoad has a personality test, tools for researching careers and majors, as well as the regular college search info. For students who haven't taken the PSAT, MyRoad is a subscription site that costs about $20/yr.) In our public schools, students take the PSAT in 10th and 11th grade. Only the 11th grade scores count for National Merit Finalist consideration.
  13. Here's a link to the COA for our local Community College. http://www.cpcc.edu/financial_aid/budget?searchterm=cost+of+attendance+2009
  14. He can create a free website at webs.com, a user-friendly site that will walk you through the process. It's an easy way to get started.
  15. GA Tech gives 4 credits for a 720 on the Chem subject test and 3 credits for a 750 on the English subject test. http://www.admission.gatech.edu/images/pdf/AP_Flyer.pdf
  16. The CLEP Professor program is good. You need to use it after having a chemistry class - but it's good review/prep for the CLEP. http://www.diveintomath.com/products.cfm?product_id=595&session=now&prodID=298asjkd98&ajax=xml
  17. I saw this post on another board. You have to be a member of NCHE for the discount: Logo_email NCHE E-BRIEF North Carolinians for Home Education UNCG iSchool Online Early College Program for Homeschool Students UNCG iSchool is an award-winning, nationally accredited early college program that gives high school juniors and seniors a head start on their college education. Courses are offered online as distance learning classes by UNCG's own faculty. These are the courses most students take during their first two years of college, regardless of their major. Students receive a UNCG transcript. They can transfer their credit to colleges and universities than normally accept UNCG credit. Visit the website: http://ischool.uncg.edu to see the list of courses offered, video samples of courses, and descriptions. To register for courses: 1. Students must fill out the Student Information Form (http://web.uncg.edu/dcl/web/ischool/registration/) using as their high school: Home Schoolers. 2. Students will receive a PIN letter in the mail, which includes the student ID, PIN number, advising code, and registration instructions. 3. Students will then be able to register online for the course or courses they want, provided space is available. Students will be invoiced for tuition directly from North Carolinians for Home Education (NCHE - nche.com) prior to the start of classes. Each homeschool student will have a parent as the facilitator who must complete a facilitator form and the free online facilitator training. Registration cost per class per student: * NCHE members - $330 * non-members - $370 Students are responsible for ordering their textbooks either online or through the UNCG bookstore prior to start of classes. Students should have high-speed Internet connectivity, a computer with 600 MHz or more of operating speed and 190 MB RAM, latest Flash and Quick Time plug-ins as well as Real Audio player and Acrobat Reader. If you have any questions about courses or registration, please contact UNCG iSchool at 336-334-9782. For questions regarding invoicing, contact Teresa Amick at NCHE (919-790-1100 or nche@...).
  18. I've heard Davidson referred to as a mini-ivy. According to the CollegeBoard's data, the total cost is around $50k/yr. Its mid-SAT scores are in the 630-730 range. 10% of the students are Biology majors - which may translate into pre-med students; I don't know. On CollegeBoard, some of the schools report the percentage of students going on to med school. At Washington and Lee and Hampden Sydney College, the number is high: 5%. By comparison, at UNC Chapel Hill, the number is 3%. Of course the population is much higher at UNC! Here's the link for the CollegeBoard's info on Davidson: http://collegesearch.collegeboard.com/search/CollegeDetail.jsp?collegeId=982&type=qfs&skey=Davidson
  19. From what I have heard about Davidson, it is NOT homeschool-friendly.
  20. I am encouraged and inspired by your daughter's experience. Thank you for sharing!
  21. Yes, some states have tuition surcharges for students with more than 140 credits, so it's important to be able to send just the test scores relevant to your student's degree. In NC, credit from AP, CLEP and IB is not included in the 140 credit total, but check your own state's policies. You don't want to be caught off guard!
  22. Has she been to a National Portfolio Day event, yet? If not, be sure to go! Admissions reps will review her portfolio and make notes re scholarship potential. For art school, it is very important to visit the schools in person or see a rep at National Portfolio Day. Here's the schedule: http://www.portfolioday.net/content/view/100/51/
  23. Wow! I wish my son were interested in chemistry (or chemical engineering). Your daughter will have incredible career opportunities...I'm proud and happy for you! Thank you for taking the time to let me know GA Tech was a good choice. My husband was thoroughly enamored with the school. He says there is no contest. (I think he wants to go there!) Chemistry has been my son's weakest science. Actually, he has strong negative feelings about it :001_smile: I told him he'd have to take it again in college and he accepts that. It's a 1st year engineering requirement across the board!
  24. My son visited two schools this week: Clemson University in SC and Georgia Tech. Previously, he visited Virginia Tech and NC State University. Here are his rankings- with the top 3 schools all about equal in his evaluation: 1) Georgia Tech - Corporations and/or alumni have poured a lot of money into this school. There are specialty engineering programs for just about anything you can think of. The academics are rigorous, and the school ranks in the top 10 of almost every engineering program. In some cases it's in the top 5. There are many amenities: an athletic center full of treadmills/TVs, a pool with a theme-park-like water slide, a whirlpool, and they boast the "largest piece of astroturf in the world"...the astroturf is something like the size of 4 football fields and it's used for intramural sports. GA Tech is in the heart of Atlanta, but it is a true campus with a campus-like feel. It is like it's own small city within the larger city of Atlanta. 2) Clemson - Beautiful campus in the middle of nowhere. There is a strong feeling of community, school loyalty, and school spirit. They are committed to having their students succeed. There was not an engineering info session, so my son didn't get the sales-pitch on how fine their program is, but we know it has a strong reputation. 2) Virginia Tech - tied with Clemson. (See my previous review) 3) NC State - an urban, hodge-podge campus. It's all-business. No luxuries, no beauty. But it has a fine academic program and good coop opportunities. Overall, on a scale of 1-10, GA Tech, Clemson and VA Tech were given a score of 7 by my son. (GA Tech would've scored higher if it weren't in downtown Atlanta.) He rated NC State a 6. He's a tough grader!
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