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  1. We did that with DS1 after he finished his dual enrolled chemistry and physics classes, and it worked well. DS took two semesters (fall and spring) of each subject at our CC, so the content was fresh in his mind at AP-time. He also took the SAT2 at the end of the school year for both of those topics since he thought he wanted to apply to Georgia Tech--and at the time, Georgia Tech required three SAT subject tests from homeschoolers. Ds prepped for the AP exams and SAT2 tests using test prep books. He thought his CC classes prepared him well, but he found there were definitely holes he needed to fill. Since so many colleges have different requests and requirements, we found it to be a great way to preemptively cover the bases. DS was motivated--but WHEW! It was a lot of testing!
  2. I like to pull out information from the the AP Coordinator's Manual and the Proctor Instructions to help my students visualize what exam day is going to look like. The more that students understand the process, the more they can reduce their stress levels and focus on the exam content. If you're interested in perusing the process, here are a couple of resources you might find helpful for things like timing, calculator policies, bubble sheets (what they look like and what the sticker process is), homeschool and online provider codes, and proctor instructions. AP Coordinator's Manual Proctor Instructions (what proctors are supposed to say and do on exam day, subject by subject) College Board is notorious for changing links. So if these links don't work in the future, just let me know, and I'll relink them. I hope this is helpful--particularly for AP newbies!
  3. With permission from Quark, I'm adding Blue Tent Online math classes to this pinned resource. BLUE TENT ONLINE - HONORS ALGEBRA 1 Textbook: Elementary Algebra by Ron Larson. Ebook (hard copy option) offers embedded videos and demonstrations throughout. Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign; Desmos.com; Blue Tent OnLoan BLUE TENT ONLINE - HONORS ALGEBRA 2 Textbook: Intermediate Algebra by Ron Larson. Ebook (hard copy option). Ebook offers embedded videos and demonstrations throughout. Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign; Desmos.com; Blue Tent OnLoan BLUE TENT ONLINE - HONORS GEOMETRY Textbook: Glencoe Geometry Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign; Geometer's Sketchpad; Desmos.com; Blue Tent OnLoan BLUE TENT ONLINE - HONORS PRECALCULUS Textbook: Precalculus Functions and Graphs: A Graphing Approach, 5th edition, by Ron Larson. Ebook offers embedded videos and demonstrations throughout. Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign; Geometer's Sketchpad; Desmos.com; Blue Tent OnLoan BLUE TENT ONLINE - AP CALCULUS AB Textbook: Calculus for AP by Ron Larson. Ebook with hard copy option. Ebook offers embedded videos and demonstrations throughout. Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign and other interactive resources; Blue Tent OnLoan BLUE TENT ONLINE - AP CALCULUS BC Textbook: Calculus for AP by Ron Larson. Ebook with hard copy option. Ebook offers embedded videos and demonstrations throughout. Online Class: Yes. Online live classes. A Moodle classroom, ZOOM, and WebAssign. Full-year class with live instruction 2x/week (classes are also recorded for asynchronous viewing). Class description here. Resources and objectives here. Where to buy: Register at Blue Tent Online. Teacher Guide/Additional Materials: WebAssign and other interactive resources; Dr. Chung’s AP Calculus BC; Blue Tent OnLoan
  4. I recommend contacting Shin Yen. She has many years of Calc AB and BC tutoring. You can read about her teaching/tutoring experience on the Blue Tent website HERE, and you can read some parent and student feedback about her HERE. She'll be teaching Algebra 1 and Calc BC through Blue Tent next year. Feel free to PM me if you'd like more information.
  5. That is exactly the way I would cite it in MLA 8. I'm sure you know that you'll put the website title (Internet History Sourcebooks) in italics. Looks perfect other than that!
  6. By the way, there's a fabulous unabridged audiobook of the Fagles Odyssey--read by Ian McKellan (Lord of the Rings Gandalf ?). There's also an excellent audio reading of Fagles' Iliad--but sadly it's abridged.
  7. No. We have age/grade guidelines for all of our classes--not just the AP classes. We are always happy to talk to parents (by email and/or phone) about exceptions if they contact us--especially if the student is one year away from the grade/age minimum we request. We ask for writing samples and offer our candid feedback. Some younger students have been our absolute tip-top students, but we have also found that younger students are often more challenged by the workload, pacing, and online environment than their older counterparts--so we really do want to help students enjoy and succeed in our classes--and help families find the best fit. ?
  8. Thank you for posting that! I love this quote: "When administrators can trade on the cachet of their school’s reputation to help get their students into college, it’s really not that bold nor courageous to abandon a metric that can contribute to leveling the playing field.” Right from the start, the cynic in me wondered whether their AP scores were not stellar enough to satisfy the parents who are shelling out $$$$ in tuition.
  9. Hi, all--in the past few years (I'm not sure how far back, but I don't think more than a few years) when I 've gone to renew my syllabi (which much be renewed yearly), I have had to sign a statement saying I would abide by this. It always causes me a bit of angst--but I have never had any students in my AP classes that are younger than 9th grade. I just wanted to put this out there for you to read in case you have not seen these CB guidelines. I am **definitely NOT** advocating for "this age" or "that age" being right or being a minimum age to take any AP classes. This is just fyi so that you are aware of what the CB is telling AP teachers about classes that use the AP label. I assume that if I did not sign the agreement to abide by this, my AP syllabi would not be renewed.
  10. I'd like to add a bit of information about Blue Tent Online, since a lot has changed in the five years since this thread started--including our website location: Blue Tent Online. We now offer a number of classes for middle schoolers: One-semester Creative Writing classes for budding novelists and poets Introduction to Literature & Composition Biology and Chemistry classes Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry (and Precalculus & Calc)
  11. We read a translation by Wilbour, too, but we read an abridged edition (pretty sure this is the only abridged novel I ever recommended that my students read. ?) They all loved it. It was recommended by Tapestry of Grace--which was the curriculum spine we were using at the time. This is the version we read (and this updated edition seems to have lots of great supplementary instructional info): https://www.amazon.com/dp/141650026X/ref=sxbs_sxwds-stvpv2_3?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=3233965245922079678&pd_rd_wg=TqpTY&pf_rd_r=8YVQAGBA6V0TD2JNG9KJ&pf_rd_s=desktop-sx-bottom-slot&pf_rd_t=301&pd_rd_i=141650026X&pd_rd_w=vmPL1&pf_rd_i=null&pd_rd_r=7ffdcc0e-5eaa-47e1-83ba-5d3bfa929c8b&ie=UTF8&qid=1531312281&sr=3 I just noticed that the cover says "unabridged." This version is definitely abridged (656 pages--there's no way that is unabridged). Odd! I compared the 'Look Inside" pages to my older edition, and the edition above is definitely the exact same abridged text that we liked--from everything I could see. This is the older edition (on my bookshelf): https://www.amazon.com/Miserables-Enriched-Classics-Victor-2003-02-25/dp/B01K13XHFA/ref=tmm_mmp_title_1?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1531312281&sr=3
  12. Q1: Because there are so many different ways to designate credits and gpa weightings on transcripts (and so much time can be taken up thrashing around through all the options--which I did ?), in the end, I applied our local school system's credit and gpa weighting standards when creating transcripts for my ds's. That ultimately made my life easier and eliminated self-doubt. So for our transcripts, one dual enrollment class = 1 high school credit (a full year) My kids still took a full load of classes each semester. I did not lighten their load based on the DE class credits. DE gave them them the opportunity to take more classes in their areas of interest. They took the same number of classes each semester but earned more credits on their transcripts. If it were me, I would be very comfortable giving a full-year's credit for one semester of DE history, and then--if my student did not not want to take another DE history class in the spring--I would have that student take some other course to fill that slot--DE or otherwise. Q2: I would not give credit--or indicate anything at all on the transcript--for testing out of a class. I would just show credit for the English class your student did take. The 4-year college your DD decides to go to may offers credit for a freshman English class based upon SAT/ACT/AP test scores, but I have not heard of high-schoolers including the exemption from taking a DE class as a recorded class on a transcript.
  13. Here's another site I came across yesterday. It's not new--and it has been mentioned in a couple of older WTM threads--but I thought it might help to add it to this list: https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org/scholarship-search
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