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  1. My oldest has loved his Engineering Honor College. Benefits for him have been nicer dorms, smaller classes in the dorm, weekend retreats, special dinners and things like the program rented a movie theatre to allow them all to watch Geeky movies. Priority registration has been huge, but the best thing has been an amazing community of like minded, super smart kids. He’s made life long friendships.
  2. DS accepted to University of Colorado -Boulder Aerospace Engineering with Scholarships DD accepted to University of Colorado-Boulder Technology, Arts, and Media Engineering with Merit Scholarships
  3. I have twins - my ds Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Aerospace - President’s Scholarship Colorado School of Mines - Scholarship Boettcher Scholarship Semi-Finalist ( Competitive CO Scholarship for full ride to CO Universities) my dd Embry Riddle Aeronautical University - Aerospace Physiology President’s Scholarship, Women in STEM Scholarship University of Colorado - Denver Boettcher Scholarship Semi-Finalist
  4. I will be the voice of dissent. I wouldn't include it on the transcript. I also don't include Algebra 1 on my kids' transcripts as they took Alg II their freshman year. It wasn't needed. If your kids continue to be busy and productive, they will be involved in many things in high school and those things need to be included on their transcript. A transcript that is too full of activities and classes that they couldn't possibly do in a 4 year high school (and since they didn't do it in high school, that's a true statement) can be very suspect to colleges/ scholarship admissions.
  5. I saw this today on the WTMA course descriptions for Intermediate Grammar. I may have missed a previous discussion as I have been engrossed in Robotics but I did a search and couldn't find any previous posts. Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: A Complete Course for Young Writers, Aspiring Rhetoricians, and Anyone Else Who Needs to Understand How English Works: Core Handbook Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Student Workbook 1 Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind: Key to Student Workbook 1 *Please note: the Grammar for the Well-Trained Mind series is forthcoming from the Well-Trained Mind Press. Texts will be available for purchase before classes start in September. Could this finally be true? Maybe just in time to give my Sophmores a hefty review of grammar before SAT/ACTs.
  6. We are supplementing Thinkwell Geometry with Khan's Mastery Challenges and is seems to be working pretty well.
  7. The Denver Zoo is fun. Chitaqua has some good hikes in Boulder. 16th Street Mall in Boulder is fun. We love Estes Park and Rocky Mtn National Park but it would be a bit of a drive. We like to take people to White Fence Farm for dinner - it has great fried chicken but also has a petting zoo, slide, cute shops and playgrounds. Casa Bonita is a landmark, horrible food except for the sopapillas but has cliff divers, little melodramas, caves to explore and an arcade. Remember that Nov might be beautiful but also might be cold and snowy. Layers are a must in Colorado as you never know what the weather will do.
  8. I agree, Terry Pratchett is the go to author for my stressed boys. They always find something to laugh about.
  9. Learned that the hard way for the oldest. For the twins, I added it onto their lesson plans to fill out how many hours, organization and position. Hopefully this will make scholarships like the Boettcher be easier to fill out.
  10. My oldest graduated high school days after he turned 17. Went to college and lived in Honor's Engineering Dorm that same year. Academically, he did fine, he was mostly bored but emotionally he struggled a bit. He had some depression issues but since he was only 15 min from home we could manage it. He turned 18 and flew to Boston to work for MIT and lived in a MIT Frat house with graduate students. He handled this summer much better with a year more maturity even though it was a harder situation. He started back to school today and chose to live at home. I really think emotional maturity is a far better determiner than academic maturity. For more younger twins, we just put them in the next academic class but leave them closer to their age for school. They will graduate at 17, almost 18.
  11. DS received 90% of his tuition in merit scholarships. He was a finalist for a prestigious scholarship in our state and the local University awarded him well for that honor. He scored well and had really interesting passions and achievements. He was accepted into the Engineering Residential Academic Program which meant he had to live on campus for a year. Between grandparents gifts and money he had saved (he's a saver and invested his own money into the stock market) and what we had set aside we have managed to pay everything off without anyone taking loans. He is moving home next year ( school is 15 min away) as he has been offered an internship at MIT which won't make him a lot money so we needed to save the cost of the dorm. We didn't save a ton for our kids, we had money in stocks and lost a lot of money. Oh well. We have some set aside for each of them, but not as much as I would like. We did tell our kids that whatever money we currently have budgeted for homeschool curriculum/supplies/ activities we would just roll over to help to pay for school. We have talked a lot about being wise in picking an undergraduate school. It needs to be a good, solid school and program but does not need to be an elite school. We have really stressed that getting out of their undergraduate programs without debt will give them a lot more options and freedom than going into debt for an elite private school. We are really impressed with the Enginnering Honors Programs which seems to be challenging and provides a lot of support and social activity.
  12. I agree with Nan that you have to be strong in academics and be interesting. We chose to lighten History and some Enhlish Lit. We chose to spend more time on Math and Science but mine still scored a really high ACT, took SAT and SAT Subject tests and several APs. We spent time in Logic and Philosophy but I didn't require papers as we did more discussion based courses in things that were not our top priority.
  13. We focused on math and comp Sci AP's in which our oldest got very high scores and had him take but didn't really focus on the Science and English AP's and he did really fine but not great. In hindsight focusing on AP Chem, AP Biology, AP English Lit., AP Psychology, AP English would have been better. Like I mentioned, AP Calc BC, AP Comp Sci and AP Physics got him a pat on the head but didn't really take things off his plate as the college wanted those to be taken anyway. It's his humanities, electives and extra science courses that would have been handy to have off his plate. To Nan's point about interesting, I think being interesting is what got our oldest in the Engineering Honors Residential Academic Program, as well as being a Finalist for a very prestigious state scholarship. Even being a finalist basically paid for his tuition from the school. He was unique in that he had a passion for Comp Sci, specifically Scratch and Snap and got involved in the Scratch community which brought him to the attention of Mitch Resnick from MIT, Brian Harvey from Berkley, and they had him speak in Barcelona, at MIT and last summer in Amsterdam. He is also credited as being a developer for Snap and was the first to develop Scratch extensions for MIT. Someone on here encouraged us to read, "How to be a High School Superstar" and we redesigned his high school experience to follow his passions and interests while still being academic and it worked very well for him. He is not a cookie cutter kid and it has made him stand out even now in college. Don't be afraid for your kids to not look the PS kids. He gets a lot of opportunities because he is different and interesting.
  14. As a Mom who just graduated a son who is now a freshman in college and went through applying for tippy top schools and scholarships, Nan's advice is right on. I still have twin high freshman at home, and I have started much earlier with outside classes (WTM Academy and Homeschool Spanish Academy) for some outside recommendations and experience. We also found a top notch robotics program for First Robotics and encouraged them to get into leadership opportunities early. We are pushing service opportunities especially those that require them to be in leadership or are teaching younger kids new skills. We also have a better plan for AP's. More humanities and science AP's as the ones in my oldest field may have helped him be prepared for college courses but the top notch Engineering schools basically patted him on the head and said, "Good job, but you are still taking all of OUR courses in your field." More science and humanities AP courses would have gotten those off his plate in college.
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