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  1. My son is having the exact same issue. However it appears to be just in the preview in the essay section (as another poster has stated). If he previews the entire application (as if he were about to submit to a college), the issue is not there. The paragraphs also have more space in the final preview.
  2. Thanks all for sharing your thoughts, you have motivated me to push through and get those course descriptions done!
  3. Kai, where is it? When logged in as counselor, I see the school profile and 3 questions on a homeschool tab under the student section. Is that what you're referring to? I don't see anything labeled homeschool supplement.
  4. FYI, it appears the homeschool supplement no longer exists. We now provide all our info through the school profile/transcripts and a couple questions in the school report section.
  5. Did the colleges ask for this info on their website? My son's colleges don't list them under requirements for homeschooled applicants so maybe I am safe just putting "Course Descriptions Available Upon Request" on the transcript? 🙂
  6. Would anyone care to weigh in on whether you would include course descriptions in this situation? My son is technically a homeschooler but has taken dual enrollment courses on a University campus for 11th and 12th grade. For 9th and 10th he took classes with me (plus 2 online and 2 co-op classes). I think I would only write descriptions for the 9th and 10th grade classes but even that seems kind of ridiculous. For example, he took Geometry and Algebra 2 for 9th/10th with me. Then pre-calc and calc are on his college transcript. He did 2 years of English with me, and 2 years of English are on his college transcript. I guess I feel like my classes have the usual names and were followed and validated by the college courses. So why would descriptions be necessary? The common app doesn't ask for them, but from what I can tell, some homeschool parents include them with the school profile. Or is this just my bad attitude toward the common app coming through?!? My son is applying to selective colleges so maybe I should just buckle down and write them?
  7. thanks Mom26, that was super helpful. I used your post as a starting point and ideas started to flow. I am almost done with the profile now thanks to you!
  8. Hope you don't mind if I piggyback on your question... This is my first time filling out the common app. There is a place to upload the school profile in pdf format. Then under the student ranking section there is a section called Homeschool School Report with room for essay style answers (but not uploading a pdf). Any idea how these differ or would they be basically the same information?
  9. I'm in the thick of it!! I'm on my second student applying to college but he is the first to use the common app. Do you have any advice for the profile and counselor letter? Are there any examples of these for homeschools? My son did 2 years of traditional homeschool and 2 years of dual enrollment at a nearby University. Naturally, his U profs are no help as counselors (or even LORs).
  10. fyi, there is a question that asks for either the SSN or the student ID #. Your student may leave it blank, but it doesn't actually say that is an option on the form. The test administrator may be confused, so make sure your student knows he/she can leave that blank. good luck tomorrow to your test-taker!
  11. My 10th grader is going to take the PSAT tomorrow for the first time. We planned it to be practice for the real event in 11th grade. But he took a practice exam yesterday and scored high enough to be a semifinalist in our state (using the cutoff from the last few years). This was a surprise to both of us. Maybe this was a fluke, but IF he scores high, will I have the option of changing his grade to 11 and graduating him early? He would love to take a gap year and focus on his non-academic interests (singing/acting/dancing). ETA: In reading on the college board site it does seem we will have the option of having him graduate in 3 years and marking 10th grade would be ok in that situation. I guess we'll worry about how to accomplish that later if it becomes an issue! But if anyone else has been through this I would love to hear your story.
  12. Thank you for sharing! I have one son who is very interested in programming. He is planning to take Edhesive's AP Computer Science A. Where would that fit in with these? Before/after/doesn't matter? Thanks!
  13. An HP Notebook from Sams Club. It's middle of the road. Assuming he takes good care of it, we are planning to buy him a more top of the line one when he actually goes away to school next fall and this will become younger brother's for his last 2 years of high school. This is a big step for us, they have always shared an older desktop (purchased used) that was in our homeschool space. Are you shopping for one for your student?
  14. Wish I had seen this sooner! My son is a senior in high school doing full time dual enrollment at a local university this year. Somehow him needing a laptop wasn't on my radar at all, despite the fact that one of his classes is in computer science. School started this week and sure enough on day 1, the prof asked them to bring their laptops to every class. :glare: I had to order one online, with rush shipping it is supposed to be here tomorrow but the website says it hasn't shipped yet.
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