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  1. I didn't think about placement purposes--thanks for pointing that out! This is for French III, so maybe it will come in handy after all. We went ahead and signed up for credit, which in my world probably means she'll end up at a school that doesn't accept it. 😂
  2. I'm trying to figure out if it's worth doing the college credit TPS offers through Belhaven. We did something similar with DD1 (different school/university) and, of course, she ended up going to a college that wouldn't accept any of those credits, so it turned out to be a waste of money. I'm not sure how common it is for colleges not to accept these types of credits. DD2 (finishing up 10th grade) doesn't know where she wants to go to school and we really don't even have a working list yet (that's on the summer agenda!), so I'm leaning towards taking our chances again. She does know that she wants to go to graduate school, so we're trying to be a little smarter about costs and transfer of credits for undergrad. Thoughts or experience, anyone? Thanks!
  3. We used it last year. I wish I had kept notes to remember what specific issues I had, but I did find it frustrating at times. I'm not a math person, so once my son hit geometry I started buying my own student workbook and did every lesson along with him. I found everything pretty easy to understand until PreCalc. I didn't feel like the videos or text were as clear as in previous years, so for the fist time (we had been using MUS since Alpha) I had to contact MUS for help and I also had to rely on Khan and other resources occasionally. That said, my son has always been comfortable with MUS and even if we could do last year over we would not switch. In fact, even though there were frustrations, I enjoyed it so much more than when I was in high school and found myself addicted to trig identity problems. But in hindsight I probably would have started earlier than him to give me time to work things out before we got stuck. It never failed--if I got stuck, he got stuck, and then we'd get behind trying to get unstuck.
  4. Architecture schools have high drop out rates, so it is often recommended that prospective students attend some sort of summer program to get an idea of what architecture school involves. UCLA's architecture school is highly regarded, so I would think this would be a good option, but I have no personal knowledge of it. I just saw TBA listed for the costs other than the fees, so I can't really say whether it's worth the cost. I'd just search some other schools and compare the costs of their summer programs (although I think most programs will be geared toward high school students). Notre Dame's program is one I see recommended a lot and it's $1,900 for 2 weeks. My DD is a 3rd year architecture student, so feel free to message me with any questions. She didn't attend an architecture summer program, but she did do a summer engineering program which ultimately helped her find her path to architecture--so like the others who replied, I'm a big fan of summer programs in general.
  5. I never got that complicated with my grading, but I think Scholaric does that. It's not a fancy planner, but I've used it for years and have been happy with it. The owner is pretty quick to respond to emails, so you could ask him more detailed questions. Scholaric has several grading formulas for calculating grades Point weighted - a lesson is weighted by the number of points possible declared when entering its grade (or 100 if entering a strict percentage). Equal weighted - a lesson is weighted equal to every other lesson in the course or subject. Time weighted - a lesson is weighted by the amount of time declared. Group-point weighted - a grade is calculated from a set of weighted lesson groups, which themselves will be graded by a point-weighted formula. Group-equal weighted - a grade is calculated from a set of weighted lesson groups, which themselves will be graded by an equal-weighted formula.
  6. Thank you! Definitely passing this on to her and I might be utilizing it for myself too! ?
  7. Thanks so much for all the suggestions! It looks like she's decided to take it in the fall and take something different this summer. Her school is very picky on transferring in classes (especially math classes) and she's already fought one battle and doesn't really want to go through that again. Some of these look like great options for high schoolers taking DiffEq, but it doesn't look like they count as college credit. The LSU one looked promising, but it's not on the approved list at her school (which would mean she would have to go through the approval process), and I think she's made up her mind to go a different direction anyway.
  8. My DD needs to take DiffEq this summer, but the local CC only offers one session in the middle of the day and she's hoping to work as well. I've been trying to find some online options and thought I'd see if anyone here has experience with this.
  9. I have no experience with these courses, but The Potter's School offers classes in Illustrator and Photoshop.
  10. My daughter is an architecture student and there really aren't many Christian schools that offer the degree. If your son has a strong interest in that major, you will probably need to expand your search to include secular universities with strong campus ministries available. I'd include some of the big state universities, because it's one of those majors that can make a large school seem smaller since you spend most of your time in studio.
  11. Sorry, I don't really have any suggestions for courses, but perhaps this book would be a good start: 101 Things I Learned in Architecture School My DD (2nd year architecture student) came across it on a college visit. It has some drawing tips/exercises, but it also has lots of other interesting info. And when you look at that book there will be suggestions for other activity books that might be helpful. But now I'll just add my 2 cents. ;) You really don't need to have experience with architectural drawing to become an architecture student. Focus on general drawing skills and building a portfolio in case you end up applying to a school that requires one as part of the application. Generally, they are looking more for creativity rather than architecture projects, so it can be drawings, paintings, sculpture, photography, etc. Also, work on presentation skills in high school -- a big part of being an architecture student and architect is being able to present your ideas well, and the student who comes in with solid skills in this area will be way ahead of their peers. Do lots research about architecture school (it's a tough major no matter where you go) and the profession in general -- this blog has lots of great info: Finally, look into attending a summer architecture program/camp at a college -- they can be expensive, but I've heard they are really helpful in deciding whether architecture is a good fit (my DD decided on architecture too late to attend such a program). Hope that helps!
  12. Thanks for the info! I quick joined that group and checked but there are almost no files for LA3, oh well. I had contacted CAP earlier and they suggested just making some vocabulary tests, but even that takes time, so I was hoping there was someone who had already done the work for me. :blush:
  13. I'm wondering if anyone is using this and has found and/or created tests they would be willing to share. I liked the tests you could purchase separately for LA2, but there is nothing like that for Book 3. Thanks!
  14. Thank you all for this thread -- so helpful! Hope it's okay to tack on another question, specifically for Creekland or anyone else who has insight on using Apologia for someone who wants to go the pre-med route. My DD (9th) will be enrolled at a private classical school this year and they currently use Apologia for all their science courses. I've been hearing more and more that the Apologia texts aren't enough. She'll be taking biology this year. Should I go ahead and plan on her supplementing each year? And how did you do that? Is it just a matter of additional reading? Also, the school currently makes the students choose between anatomy and physics their senior year (offered at the same time) -- should we plan on her taking one or the other online so she can have both? Will she need a good physics background for undergrad? We're already outsourcing her foreign language with TPS and now I'm starting to wonder if we need to outsource science as well.
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