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  1. As I go through old threads I see many people use or adapt course descriptions given by online providers, community colleges and so on. I find that I'm squeamish about heavily quoting without stating that's what I'm doing, so I've put a blanket statement at the top of the course descriptions explaining the providers are the source. Does this seem appropriate and reasonable? Having done that, can I dispense with quotation marks? Some descriptions have needed editing and additions, but many are fine without modification.
  2. Yes. Ignorance, mostly, I guess. In our case, I think the aunt is probably on the spectrum herself, but almost 70 year olds didn't get diagnosed in their day. It's her own sort of rigid thinking: she'd have been thrilled to buy jewelry or books for a tween girl, but a list composed of pet supplies was not something she could deal with, however much dd wanted them. And then she wonders why the kids don't have a close, chatty, confiding relationship with her, even though she showers them with presents. She never *sees* them.
  3. I'm sorry, Lecka. It hurts when family can't see and accept our kids as they are, right now. We had a couple of years when dd was intensely focused on a pet: care, training, etc. Aunt asked for gift suggestions, but balked at giving what dd wanted. So, I understand.
  4. This is very true, of course, and your point is well taken. I wasn't sure what the boundaries were in schools, but I appreciate folks having clarified that.
  5. Thanks, everyone. I had read that the counselor letter needed to address "struggles overcome" in the context of school, and was wondering based on that. We have discussed all this a bit, but not much yet. In our public high school there isn't a separate college counselor, so I was rolling the two functions into one as they do here. Sounds like the health part needs to stay out. Extracurriculars aren't on the transcript, we were just working on the Common App together and trying to figure out how to count the time. I should have been clearer there.
  6. Remember this isn't necessarily for all time, just for now. (((Dawn)))
  7. They are listed by subject, yes. She has 5 English, 4 math, 5 lab science, 4 social studies,a firm three years of one foreign language, (really almost four years, but a weird sequence), and will have two DE classes of a second foreign language by graduation. She also has I think three electives and two PEs on top of the classes listed above. She has the credits, really. I'm not sure how I could fit more on the transcript. But some semesters seem light all the same. Maybe we just need to point out that her goals were different in her junior year. This really varies, she's applying to a wide range, but she'd love to get into Virginia Tech. Her scores put it in a very reasonable range, though nothing is guaranteed. William and Mary and UVA would be reaches, though based on scores and gpa, not hopeless. I think for them she would have needed more leadership and volunteer experience. There are also safeties.
  8. Precalculus was last year. So, if 4+3 is fine, how about 2+2+1 (plus precalc over two semesters)?
  9. I've been finishing dd's transcript with help from folks here and threads from the pinned motherloads, and now as I look at it I have new questions. Dd has just registered for spring semester classes at the community college. She struggled to find three that she wanted to take or would work for various reasons. Is three classes going to look too light for her final semester? As if she's slacking off? On the transcript, I've put the classes planned for spring semester in italics, causing them to be very visible, and three just seems like so few. But maybe I've let her have too few classes before as well. She has taken a full load of classes on a yearly basis, but last year (11th grade) they were spread out over both semesters and the summer. That didn't worry me too much, because it was her first year doing all dual enrollment, and I figured she was adjusting to college classes. She also has a very time-consuming extracurricular activity, so doing fewer classes per semester worked, as a practical matter. And, at the time, she was looking at a community college after high school, not four year university... But now the classes seem so light to me.😲 This fall she has had four community college classes. She's on track to finish with A's in each, so I hope that will demonstrate she can do fine with that load. In college she'll need to have five at a time, though, so maybe that's what admissions offices will want to see. She will have completed 27 credits (27 classes) by the time her applications are submitted, and 30 by graduation. A large proportion are honors, AP, or DE. But, only 2 DE classes per semester last year, one over the summer, and a yearlong Derek Owens Precalculus class. Other quick questions: For total credits on the transcript, I put "27 (12/15/2019)". Is that proper, or would you include the credits for classes she hasn't started yet? And when listing extracurricular activities, would you calculate time based on time *at the activity* or including driving time? An extra hour per day, five to six days per week, is significant as a commitment of time, but it probably won't "count" toward the total...?
  10. Hugs, Dawn. I know you've got so much going on right now. Maybe this is what he needs for now.
  11. I'm so sorry. I'll be thinking of you, Lillian and her family, and hoping you all get some good news.
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