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  1. I ended up calling the local university and tbh, they don't seem very knowledgeable about the different sorts of standardized testing. The lady in the AO was very determined to talk SATs and seemed to have no idea around scope-sequence for that particular testing or comparatively, for the IB or AP routes. I think I will do a pre-application meeting with the Mr who oversees the engineering core courses and go from there. sigh. T
  2. I did recycle it -- haha -- and I thought the Canadian version was put on for students elected to their leadership council for class president. We don't have the money for extras like that and Matt doesn't have the time or energy. Tricia
  3. Hi Hive Friends, Matt got an application form in the mail saying he was welcome to register for a summer session of the NSLC on behalf of his local high school. What is this? Is there funding for students to attend? Anyone with experience? Should I recycle this paperwork and carry on with my day? Thanks, Tricia
  4. Hi, yes, Emerald Stoker, when he applies for uni, he'll have AP Cal A/B, AP Cal B/C, AP Physics 1, AP Phyics 2, AP Chem and English 12. I just don't want to jump through the American standardized testing if it's not necessary. Tricia
  5. Hello Hivers, Directed towards parents who have some experience with Canadian university admissions . . . My kids are doing AP courses, exclusively, at the high school near our home. Oldest did AP Cal A/B last year, as a 10th grader, and is preparing for B/C this year, as a self-study. He is also writing AP Physics 1 & 2 this year. Next year, as a 12th grader, he'll do AP Chem and regular English 12. He knows he wants to attend a local university for engineering. I'm wondering if it is redundant for him write the SAT's as well. From what I can see, Math 2 SAT is pre-cal. It probably doesn't make sense to spend the money writing SAT exams if he has the standardized testing done with AP Cal. Would you have your student jump the SAT hoops, anyways, as an extra level of testing? I don't really want to spend the money if it isn't necessary. Tricia
  6. Thank you, Arcadia. Older sourced these out but younger didn't . . . a good reminder for me.
  7. Hi, I'm not here very often but popped in for physics helps for my middle and noticed this thread. We are also in Nova Scotia. My big kids are enrolled in part-time high school but allowing part-time access is very much at the discretion of the principal in your district. My kids are lucky b/c the school has full-on welcomed them and have no problems with them being in school 1/2 time. Luckily enough for us, this little high school in our backyard offers a number of AP courses. When my kids "graduate" from high school, they won't have an official high school diploma. It will be the courses they've taken in high school, their AP and SAT results, letters of reference from their teachers at the high school and my own meager recording of what we've done. Oldest is interested in enrolling early at uni but we're not quite prepared for that so this year, he's doing two AP Physics exams and AP Cal B/C via AofPS as preparation. Next year, he'll do both of the calculus-based physics AP exams. From what I can see via his peer group, my kids may not have a proper high-school diploma but they are at least equally prepared for the rigors of university and some cases, probably more prepared. Of the 25 students who wrote the AP Cal A/B exam last May from the high school where my kids attend, 2 scored a 5, 2 scored a 4 and the rest were 3 and below. The standardized testing doesn't lie. Your student is either prepared for university or not . . . and the admissions office of the universities in our city (to quote a homeschooling family in which dad is a grad school prof) "swings their doors wide open" for first year students. It is a business, afterall . . . I think so long that you keep your ducks in a row and work backwards from the end goal of university admission, it will go well for you in this province. Tricia
  8. This is very helpful - thank you! Older son is doing AP Physics 1 & 2, this year and looking towards the two AP Physics C exams next year, so helpful all around!
  9. Hello Hive, I am here infrequently but whenever I come up against an academic wall with my kids, I come here first. My middle is doing his first semester of public school -- AP Physics 1 and Chem 11. He is really struggling in physics, not the math end, but it seems he can't keep all the info organized in his mind. I'd like to help him make some sort of "road map" over the holiday break. A notebook that has all of the vocab, formulas, concepts and then a couple example questions for each section. We have some good resources -- like Flipping Physics, AP Physics Essentials and a Giancoli textbook -- the struggle seems to be getting a handle on sorting the information. I dont' want to rewrite Genesis with this, but definitely need to help him somehow. Does anyone have suggestions as to how to best help, and keeping in mind Physics is not my happy land. Tricia
  10. Oh My Land, my middle is floundering along in the AP Physics 1 class that he's taking in high-school as a part-time student. They haven't issued a text-book, so all of the learning is supposed to come from the classroom notes. That isn't going so well. What are your kids using for an AP Physics 1 textbook? TIA Tricia
  11. I think I may have found one spot . . . it has a verbal contract and they are giving the other party 24 hours to come up with the 50% deposit. Keeping my fingers crossed. Don't think I could do six weeks with high-performance paddlers in a cabin or RV. Maybe if it were just me and my children but it will be a chaperone and six paddlers and food prep becomes really important.
  12. I've looked at airbnb as well -- the properties I saw that had vacancy were either waaaay over the top luxurious or 1 BR studio . . . we've waited too long into the season to book anything, really.
  13. Yes, I've looked at VRBO - the only options that remain vacant are the $800 nightly situations -- that is way out of our price range. I wondered if anyone here might have connections in that area, a time-share, a vacation home that they generally don't rent out but might in certain situations, or possibly know of a vacant college-type dorm, or a basement in a church with kitchen facilities. At this point, I think we'd take just about anything.
  14. Hello WTM Board: I haven't been here in what seems like forever . . . my big kids moved on to part-time high-school, which is almost in our backyard. When I found out it was an AP school, I sent them along on their merry way. Oldest has his first AP exam under his belt (AP Cal A - big thanks for the Derek Owens recommendations that I found here a long time ago - helped him score a 5 without feeling big stress) and is doing AP Physics A & B concurrently this year. Middle is doing chem in preparation for AP Chem next year and AP Physics A this year. We are a family in transition! All that said, I am desperately looking for a short term, 3 BR rental from Feb 23 - April 5, 2016, somewhere near Melbourne, Indian Harbour, Satellite Beach. I know it's a very. long. shot. that anybody here might be able to help, but desperation forces you to look under every rock. Our big boys paddle out of Oars & Paddles Park on Banana River Drive. Two years ago, I chaperoned a group of kids and we are having a most difficult time with sourcing accommodations. Thanks in advance! Tricia Sweetpeach with my big littles -- Matt almost 17, Dawson 15 and Jana 12
  15. So far so good with Derek Owens and AP Calculus. May 5th is the exam date . . .
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