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  1. I've never used the Great Courses so I don't know what they're like. Would this course count for a full high school credit, or half a credit? If we would need to add other materials to make it credit-worthy, any suggestions what to add?
  2. Anyone have experience with the Great Courses Discrete Math course?
  3. I am looking for a World History course that is video-based so that my student and I can watch the videos together and discuss them. I'm particularly interested in one focused on modern history. I see in the Great Courses pinned thread that the Foundations of Western Civilization II: A History of the Modern Western World is highly recommended, and that looks great, except that I would like to include other parts of the world besides the west. On the Great Courses website I found A Brief History of the World that does look like it includes a lot about other countries but reviews say the presentation is dry. I am also looking at Coursera's The Modern World, Parts One and Two, which also seem to focus mostly on the west. Does anyone have feedback on these, or recommendations for other courses?
  4. I believe you can choose which scores to send.
  5. Reported. Poster changed the link in Kendall's original post.
  6. Is there anything computational she can do for lab work--analyzing data she has collected, modeling the data, that sort of thing? My dd's current lab work involves computational genetics modeling (and she didn't have significant coding experience going in) and she has been able to continue that pretty much uninterrupted (though it does involve Zoom meetings with her PI).
  7. Can she unschool the semester--spend time doing whatever motivates her? If she had already chosen a college I might have suggested contacting the professors she would be doing research with to see if there are things she could do ahead of her arrival there, but since she hasn't yet decided and has plenty of time to do so, that might not work at this point.
  8. I have had to reset my password twice. Yesterday I reset it and it worked for a day and then just now I had to change my password again.
  9. The above advice may be best, but isn't he already going to a college close to home? Would he have the option of taking his classes remotely from home? Do you know if he could keep his scholarships if he delayed?
  10. AP Calculus BC: Blue Tent Physics: Holt homeschool package Economics: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt homeschool package Japanese: Genki 2 British & American Literature: homebrewed including Progeny Press poetry study guide Game development: continuing from last year using book Introduction to Game Design, Prototyping, and Development Driver's Ed: parent-taught, continuing from last year at a rather leisurely pace Also working on SAT prep and USA Computing Olympiad. Was planning to volunteer as a tutor and may be able to do so remotely. He's also in a swordfighting club but has not been able to attend due to COVID.
  11. I don't have personal experience with Austin College but since it is one of the "Colleges that Change Lives", it doesn't strike me as problematic and I personally wouldn't worry about the scores. He has a full ride there, it is good in his major, it is close to home so it would be easier for you to support him--those all sound like wins to me. With your description of the CS dept at Baylor and other factors that have caused him/you to sour on it, I most certainly wouldn't pay more to send him there, especially if he no longer wants to go there. I don't know anything about Hendrix but from what you have shared before, AC's proximity to home would probably be advantageous.
  12. Do you have suggestions as to how to find out how much of a college's budget is tuition? I tried to look it up for a college of interest but couldn't find it easily.
  13. I would run their Net Price Calculators to get an idea of whether their financial aid would be in the range of what you would need. https://www.austincollege.edu/admission/financial-aid/net-price-calculator/ https://www.southwestern.edu/scholarships-financial-aid/grants-loans/net-price-calculator/
  14. Christian colleges in Texas besides ACU that give full tuition (but not full ride) for National Merit Finalists are Dallas Baptist University, East Texas Baptist University, and Lubbock Christian University.
  15. A couple Christian colleges that give full rides (tuition, fees, room, and board) for National Merit are Oklahoma Christian University and Harding University (Arkansas).
  16. Corraleno is right, and unfortunately strategy #1 would only maintain eligibility for the smaller scholarships that the National Merit Corporation itself gives out. Most, if not all of the large scholarships given by certain colleges to National Merit Finalists are limited to entering freshmen only. Strategy #2 would eliminate both types of National Merit Scholarships, but would keep options open for other freshman scholarships as long as they don't require a student to begin college the fall after graduation (and I have seen a few that do require this). "Students who plan to leave high school a year (or more) early to enroll in college full time usually can participate in the National Merit Scholarship Program if they take the PSAT/NMSQT before they enroll in college. Such students must take the PSAT/NMSQT in either the next-to-last year or the last year they are enrolled in high school. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in the next-to-last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are finishing their final high school year. Those who take the PSAT/NMSQT in their last year of high school will be entering the competition for awards to be offered as they are completing their first year of college." Edited to add: It occurred to me that the student would need to be enrolled in college this fall, i.e. right now, in order to maintain National Merit eligibility with strategy #1. So it may be too late for that--it doesn't sound like enrolling in college in the spring semester would count for NM eligibility.
  17. Ok, here's an Inside Higher Ed article that has a link to the PDF I tried to link earlier: https://www.insidehighered.com/admissions/article/2019/08/28/college-board-overhauls-adversity-index I, too, am wondering what they're going to do with homeschooled students as far as the "school score" goes.
  18. It's not really being dropped--just changed. There will now be two scores on a scale of 1-100, one for the neighborhood and one for the high school, and the scores will be visible to the student. https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/landscape/comprehensive-data-methodology-overview.pdf
  19. At the college my dd is starting at next week, there is a difference between how they treat dual credits and AP/CLEP exam credits. Dual credits are automatically transferred when they enroll, whereas they have to "accept" the exam credits, and can choose not to accept some. We learned at her college orientation this summer that her financial aid eligibility would only be good for credits up to 134% of her degree plan. Her degree plan is 120 credits, so she wouldn't be eligible for financial aid after 160 credits, and any credits she brings in count. Dd won't accept 8 of her exam credits at all, and the other 20 she won't accept until the end of her last semester, at which point she may exceed the 160 credits by 1 or 2 credits, but it shouldn't affect her financial aid at that point.
  20. I recently purchased Holt Biology with the online premium teacher resources from Homeschool Buyers' Co-op. For the tests in the online resources, The multiple-choice questions are automatically scored but I can't find any answer keys for the short-answer part of the tests. Are they someplace in the resources I haven't managed to find, or am I expected to have studied the material sufficiently myself to know the answers (which is not what I was hoping for in a "homeschool package")?
  21. My kids have done dual enrollment at Stephen F. Austin State University and at the University of Texas at Arlington. Both would be about $85/credit hour for online, I believe (it costs less for in-person classes). I don't think you have to be Texas residents to dual enroll. For private colleges, Letourneau University and Taylor University offer dual enrollment, but I don't have the costs at hand. Really there are a quite a few four-year universities that offer dual enrollment, so as suggested above, I would check in your state. There may even be one in your area where they could take classroom classes.
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