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  1. Thanks. I deleted the content of my posts because I decided that publishing certain hiring and compensation practices here might be frowned on by some parties. 😊 I just wanted to help by offering a perspective from the other side of the hiring table, and I think of this board as a tight-knit group, but I forget sometimes that this is an open public forum.
  2. Well, darn, I was hoping there was something like that for all states, and I was just having a hard time finding it. Thanks for posting yours though! I'm sure there are many here who will use it!
  3. This list appears to be limited to California. Or maybe there's a filter limiting it to CA that I can't figure out how to remove. Did you find this somewhere on the College Board's site? Maybe the original web source has links/lists for testing centers other states?
  4. I think AEC was saying that the difference in starting salary between a grad from a top-tier school vs a middle-tier school can be 50k/year, not that one would be starting out making 50k/year. (She said the "delta" between them.) (Removed other commentary that was too revealing.)
  5. What does the bolded mean? Never heard of that. Edit: Answered my own question, but will post here for others who are also unfamiliar. Looks like a commonly referenced term in Florida and maybe a few other places. FTIC = first time in college = first-time, first year (freshman) student.
  6. I don't know how common it is, but at schools in my region, these same perks plus better dorms are also available to students in the honors college and at no extra cost. No previous college credits necessary.
  7. Just a heads up: My son is a rising 12th grader and plans on a science-heavy major that requires a separate admission to the major at the end of soph year in college. I was surprised to learn that at the univ my son is likely to attend next year, for the major he wants, he'll have to take 4 out of 5, and preferably ALL (to be a favored applicant) of his pre-major STEM courses on-campus at that specific univ in order to be admitted to his desired major. So AP/CLEP/DE credit would do him no good (other than pre-exposure to the topic) for those courses. Apparently this is not uncommon for this major in our region of the country. I'm so glad we researched this in advance so we didn't waste a lot of time and money on AP/DE. So it helps immensely to research ahead of time whether having certain AP/DE credits will even help shave off time; in my DS's case, it wouldn't. Another thing to consider: DE credits often (usually? depends on the school) don't get factored in to the college GPA at the receiving school. DS is "saving" some easier credits (instead of doing them via AP/DE) to complete at the univ during his freshman year, to help balance out the harder courses, in order to buffer a hit to his GPA from potentially lower than desired grades in the more difficult courses. A high college GPA is also required for admission to his (competitive) intended major. This exclusion from the receiving college's GPA can also apply to regular college transfer credits, not just DE. I'm not anti-DE or anti-AP; DS will start college with a few under his belt. But we've looked around and found alternatives which we believe have better instruction, more depth, more challenge, and are more appealing to DS. (Not DE fluff nor AP teach-to-the test.) I'm also not convinced that accumulating a bunch of credits prior to starting college is all that beneficial if you look at the end result. I do favor more breathing room for exploring classes of interest that may be outside the reqs for a particular major, but I'm not so sure I want to significantly decrease the overall time in college. Because I'm not so sure I would want DS to be graduating from college and entering the professional working world at age 20, KWIM? Just some things to think about.
  8. I'd either leave PE off the transcript or put it on there with an A (if he earned an A), not a P. I've learned here some universities don't know what to do with a grade of Pass, so if they recalculate the GPA using their own rules, they default to treating a Pass as a C.
  9. Just to comment about the smoking part and the parking situation: IME, unfortunately, campus policies about smoking and parking are somewhat not enforced during times when classes are not in session. But I'd be turned off by your experience, too.
  10. My son took the 1 semester photography class at FundaFunda Academy. What you described, OP, is exactly what I recall him doing for the course requirements, and the instructor at FundaFunda is professional photographer. So I think what you've planned covers everything and sounds perfect.
  11. Unless your kids are used to staying up really late, you might want to do your moon gazing tonight or Thursday night. The moon rises quite a bit later each night, of course, and where I live, by Saturday the 20th the moon won't rise until around 11:11 pm local time, and takes a while to rise high enough for good viewing. (It will rise tonight where I live around 9:30 pm, tomorrow night around 10:07 pm, etc.) Here is a link you can use to look up the moon rise times where you live: Yesterday, July 16th, was the anniversary of the launch of Apollo 11, so just tell your kids we're celebrating the "anniversary week" of the overall mission. 😊 Our local astronomy club held a moon watching/star gazing party last weekend in honor of Apollo 11, scheduled to coincide with a more optimal moon rise time, so we went to that. We also watched the 3-part PBS series Chasing the Moon on Amazon. And also First Man, but that one might not be suitable for young kids. Thought of another great film to watch - a documentary called In the Shadow of the Moon. EXCELLENT.
  12. FWIW, Derek Owens videos are hosted on his own site, not YouTube. I think there might be some sample videos on YouTube but that's it.
  13. I can't remember specifically - it has been 5 or 6 years ago now for us. You should be able to see the Table of Contents in a preview at Christian Book Distributors' website. (CBD usually does a great job in general of putting up good book previews.) Here's a link to level 5: Also, this scope and sequence on the publisher's website might be helpful, although it is at a pretty high level: ETA - I also just noticed this blurb at the bottom of the S&S (bolding by me):
  14. We used Hake grammar. I agree, Hake is enough on its own. (We tried Fix-It somewhere along the way but dropped it quickly, after the first or two unit, I think.) I had DS do just the odds or just the evens in Hake and I also let him write in the book. It usually took about 20 minutes per lesson, as I recall. Grammar sections only, none of the other stuff. Three days per week. We spread one level over two years, and did two levels that way, spread over 5th thru 8th grade. FWIW, DS took the ACT for the first time in 10th grade, got a perfect (36) score on the English section, and he mostly credits Hake for that. ETA - The reason we spread each level of Hake that we used over two years is because once I compared the Table of Contents from each level, it became clear that the levels are repetitive/similar and build slowly due to the spiral review. So we used level 5 for 2 years, and level 7 or 8 (can't remember which now) for 2 years. You could do the same with level 6 and level 8, we just used level 5 because I had already purchased it before I thought to compare the levels to each other.
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