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Just summarizing the last few threads GRIN... I've been reading these boards for awhile, and I've listened to several of my children's friends complain about their teachers' threats and complaints at the beginning of 8th grade, and I've concluded that it is perfectly normal to spend the entire 8th grade year struggling to begin to learn how to: -Write a short well-organized expository paper -Produce work that has a heading and date, is legible, has full sentences that actually answer the questions, and isn't half question marks -Use an assignment book to keep track of one's assignments -Make and use some sort of study guides -Show one's work in math (math becomes complicated enough that one needs to show the work now) -Type And it is normal to spend the rest of high school learning how to: -Use more adult reference material -Skim so one can sift through a greater quantity of material -Write a longer expository paper -Read at an adult level -To do research Eighth graders don't have to arrive at high school able to do the second list. It is ok to spend high school learning to do those things. High school is long - four whole years. Yes, it is nice to arrive knowing them, and lots of students do, but lots of other students' academic skills are slower to mature. They still will arrive there by college, when students do, indeed, need to have those skills in place. Lots of people say their children made huge leaps after the age of 16. So... if your 13yo isn't behaving like a 17yo, IT IS OK. DO NOT DESPAIR. They keep growing after 13 or 14. In fact, they grow tons, just like they grow tons between the ages of 2 and 6. Part of that growth is a new awareness of themselves and language and the world around them and their own reasoning powers. This awareness, unfortunately, also leads to some of the less attractive 13-15yo behavior. They are two sides of the same coin. If my own children and their friends are anything to go by, they themselves are horrified by some of their own changes and tendencies, and just as glad when they ease off later on. Growth isn't always easy, fun, and pleasant. Remember the terrible twos (or threes)? They were learning to be children then. Now they are having to start all over again and learn to be adults. Please, please give them lots of sympathy and tolerance along with bolstering their still immature self-discipline and judgement. And talk to them, lots. And listen to them, really listen, to the new person they are becoming, not just the old one they were. And mourn the child that is disappearing, because they are, too. And help them to look forward to the nice adult things, like being able to drive and being able to get together with friends more easily. And remember that they are still young. Hugs to everyone who is going through this. I'm going through it for the third time GRIN. HTH -Nan (I've left off various science goals, like learning to make observations, to draw, to design an experiment, to keep up with current discoveries in a field, and to use lab equipment because I haven't heard them discussed enough to be able to tell where the 8th grade/high school line normally lands.)
POST #1 Welcome to the #2 of 2 "motherlode" of linked threads on high school topics. Enjoy exploring the amazing collected wisdom of The Hive! (In case links break, I have listed threads by their original subject heading, and have also provided the original post date and poster for search in various ways.) Warmest regards, Lori D. topics & links in post #1 AND post #5 (with 3 response posts in between) CREATED: June. 2013 UPDATED & REORGANIZED: Sept. 2018 ======================== CONTENTS: HIGH SCHOOL MOTHERLODE #2: page 1 topics: Transcripts / Record Keeping Credits Grading / GPA Honors Courses Record Keeping / Course Descriptions / Letter of Recommendation / Volunteering Graduation topics / Diplomas NOTE: there are 3 pages of poster responses between page 1 and page 5 topics page 5 topics: General Threads on High School Subjects (Writing, Math, Science, Electives) Home-Grown Courses / MOOC Courses Extracurricular Activities Outsourcing Online Classes Tutors Dual Enrollment ======================== High School Motherload #1 -- pinned thread at top of high school board page 1 - high school timetable - getting started with homeschooling high school - planning / scheduling / time management - teen attitudes / expectations - accreditation / cover schools / state regulations page 2 - info/experiences with high school tests (PSAT, AP, ACT/SAT, SAT Subject, CLEP, GED, etc.) Going to College Motherlode -- pinned thread at top of college board page 1 = college search / college visits / online college page 2 = college applications / Common App (including more on transcripts, course descriptions, etc.) page 3 = financial aid / scholarships / FAFSA and CSS Profile page 4 = Honors Programs / Internships / NCAA page 5 = heading to college / at college / overseas studies page 6 = alternatives to college / gap year / military / career exploration ======================== TRANSCRIPTS High school transcript topics (+ one section on middle school transcripts; for specific questions about transcripts and college applications or the Common App, see page 2 of the Going to College Motherlode pinned thread. middle school transcript Middle school transcript (examples?) -- June 20 2018, JennyD Does anyone have a formal middle school transcript put together? (and can I see it?) -- Apr 25 2018, madteaparty Creating a transcript for high school applications (entering high school, need middle school transcript) -- Jan 15 2018, kagmypts overview topics Specific questions about my DS's transcript (how much credit to award, course descriptions, etc.) -- July 11 2017, lewelma More transcript questions (include test scores? wording for "operated according to state law"? graduation date? weighted/unweighted GPA?) -- Sept 10 2017, TCB How to get a transcript that colleges will accept? -- Jan 17 2018, krhoads Comprehensive transcript service? — Jan 27 2018, nancy_wa Transcript backup (for student's future, in case of fire, loss, or death) -- May 22 2017, MerryAtHope samples and templates Sample transcripts (posters linked to examples) -- July 2 2015, swimmermom3 Sample high school transcript? (can someone share an example?) -- Nov 28 2016, Daria Transcript template (responder links to a website) -- Apr 18 2018, JessReplanted Transcript template recommendation -- July 5 2017, Shellydon Transcript form? (posters included links to templates) -- Sept 3 2016, lucky mom formatting questions Adding a 2nd page to transcript? Should I? (for achievements and extracurriculars?) -- Jan 17 2017, journey00 Subject-Based transcript (any templates or examples?) -- Mar 20 2017, historymatters If you do your transcript by subject, how do you indicate planned or in-progress senior year classes? -- July 2 2015, katilac Transcripts: by subject or by year? — Mar 1 2017, lewelma Transcript question please (list by subject or grade/year? and other questions) -- Mar 1 2017, Homeschoolmom3 "Official" Transcript? (organize by subject or grade/year? graduation date? bring up credits from middle school?) -- Jan 24 2018, ski momma Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (what to include/leave off; will it look like padding) — Aug 31 2018, Evanthe How to transcript this “5th” year due to illness? — July 23 2018, Kendall Can I just show all 5 years of high school on his transcript? — May 22 2018, Attolia Question about how to do a transcript for an early graduate (3 years rather than 4) — May 30 2018, rachserra Transcript format question (how to include summer classes) — May 14 2018, Kim C Transcript ?: summer college class (how to include summer classes on transcript) -- Apl 11, 2018, RootAnn what to include Quick transcript question (what goes on an UNofficial transcript?) — Apr 17 2018, Garga Graduation requirements on transcript? — Feb 4 2018, daijobu Another transcript question (sign/signature or not, and how to do it?) -- July 13 2017, Momto5inIN Transcript signature question (how to do it?) -- Aug 22 2016, quark credits on transcript Quick transcript question: total credits include planned? (i.e., include courses not done yet?) — Oct 27 2017, kand Another transcript issue for us: # of credits (what to include/leave off; will it look like padding) — Aug 31 2018, Evanthe Transcript questions (how to count dual enrollment credit? include test score details?) — July 7 2018, kwhdman Transcript question about computer course (how to count it? should we include it, or is it a "life skill"?) -- July 5 2018, ByeBye Martha How to: Driver's Ed program on the transcript -- Mar 7 2017, historymatters How to give credit for shop/welding on transcript? -- Apr 29 2015, Kile529 semester grades / in-process courses How do I do this transcript (semester or "in progress" for grades of courses still being worked on) -- Mar 19 2018, Jean in Newcastle Do you put senior year on the transcript before credits are earned? -- Aug 29 2016, HollyBee Semester grades on transcript — Jan 20 2018, daijobu Semester grades on transcript (how to do this?) — Jan 25 2018, Nancy.suzanne70 Transcript question: how do you calibrate grades across multiple providers (who are using different grading scales) -- Aug 7 2017, yvonne Do I put one minus grade on the transcript (because the dual enrollment/college transcript does? -- Aug 29 2017, Daria test scores on transcript High school transcript: test scores question (list on transcript or not?) — Mar 30 2017, Connections How to show [test] scores on transcript? — Feb 13 2018, Erica in OR Transcript questions: self-studied for AP exams — Feb 23 2018, omd21 SAT/ACT scores / super scoring on transcript -- June 15 2017, Mamalovesthem Do you put CLEP on transcripts? -- May 6 2013, MommyThrice combining transcripts (co-op / public school) Outside classes in transcript? Esp. co-op? — Oct 6 2017, kand Transcript question: combining public and homeschool — June 11 2018, Kassia Transcript question regarding homeschooling after B&M school — May 25 2018, kellebelle dual enrollment & transcripts Selectively choose DE classes to list on transcript? — May 5 2018, my2boysteacher Okay to leave Community College (CC) courses off of the high school transcript (since we are sending a CC transcript too?) -- Oct 5 2-17, daijobu Quick question: transcript for dual enrollment application for 9th grader (what to include?) -- July 31 2019, Arcadia Transcript question for dual credit but [done in] 8th grade (how to list it on the transcript) -- Dec 11 2017, MeghanL List an Associate's degree on the transcript? (an AA degree earned via dual enrollment) -- Apr 25 2017, Melissa B transcripts & college admission Transcript question and GPA with Honors, AP, Dual Enrollment, CLEP, etc (how do you count it/show it) -- July 17 2010, distancia How do they know? (If you “fudge” on transcripts) — Mar 10 2017, kfeusse How to meet this transcript requirement (official seal or watermark) -- Sept 5 2018, cjzimmer1 ======================== CREDITS specific questions How many courses in an academic year? 2 maths? — May 24 2018, sbgrace Question about counting hours (for self-made courses/credits) — May 23 2018, GeoKittty Rigorous high school transcript for Liberal Arts kid (how many APs, STEM courses, etc.?) -- Apr 25 2017, madteaparty High school courses/transcript/load questions (is it okay to spread out/double up on credits in a subject area? can I "bring up" courses from middle school? take college classes early?) -- Jan 1 2016, Homeschoolmom3 What makes a course transcript-worthy? (see Sue in St Pete's response for a massive list of "output" ideas!) -- Dec 29 2014, Daria how to count credits Understanding credit hours -- Apr 29 2017, deer forest Do you count reading/homework time as hours (toward the credit) -- July 7 2017, deerforest Can the same credit hours count toward two classes? -- Apr 28 2016, Garga Double dipping credits on the transcript (splitting hours vs. counting 2x an hours-heavy activity) -- June 14 2016, shinyhappypeople "bringing up" high school credits done in middle school Middle school classes on the transcript (what courses can you "bring up"? award credit and grade or no grade?) -- Sept 13 2017, omg21 Transcript classes taken before high school (include Latin from grades 6-7?) -- Feb 15 2016, ski momma Awarding high school credits for 8th grade work and high school planning questions — May 30 2018, stacyh270 How do you count middle school coursework (high school courses done in middle school) — Jan 6 2017, wenti Algebra and Geometry on transcript (do you include high school courses done in 7th/8th grade?) — Aug 30 2018, daijobu Xpost: early college/Dual Enrollment transcript question (include credits done in middle school? what about CTY intensive study classes?) -- Mar 10 2018, imbue integrated Great Books courses - how to award credit The English credit/Great Books/integrating history & lit (how to credit integrated courses?) — Dec 9 2015, Chrysalis Academy Handling a Great Books or integrated Humanities sequence on the transcript (how to do it so it matches what credits colleges want?) -- Apr 9 2015, yvonne How to list a Coursera course on the transcript? (or describe in the Course Description document?) -- Oct 27 2017, Nemom awarding credit for college courses Transcript questions (award 0.5 or 1.0 credit for college courses?) -- July 7 2018, kwhadman Awarding credits for college classes [taken] in high school — Feb 2 2018, RootAnn Awarding dual enrollment / high school credits on transcript -- Jan 4 2018, cassia Transcript help: assigning credits for community college classes (lengthy discussion on whether to award 0.5 or 1.0, and why) -- Feb 6 2016, Hiking'Mama Transcript credits for concurrent student questions (how much credit to give for dual enrollment lab science?) -- July 1 2016, Excelsior! Academy what to call this course / what subject does this course go under? Transcript questions (what subject heading for Econ and Psych) — Jan 22 2017, Julie of KY Transcript question (what subject area for a business course?) -- Sept 5 2017, regentrude Where to put Logic on the transcript? -- Sept 13 2017, TCB Would you put 3 credits of Bible on a transcript? (and if so, what subject to list it as?) -- Sept 21 2017, susanah4 How to add "work/study" to transcript (list/not list, and how to list Vo-Tech/apprenticeship hours?) -- May 28 2016, busymama7 What would you call this course on the transcript? -- Apr 3 2017, twinkletoesmamma credit or extracurricular? Hours for a club on transcript (how many hours needed to list as an extracurricular?) -- Nov 18 2016, Deb in NJ Transcript newbie: can I give credit for Robotics Club? -- Sept 14 2017, summer reading Foreign exchange on transcript or academic resume or both? -- Oct 16 2017, ValRN Transcript extracurriculars question (put extracurriculars on the transcript? or if not, where in the college application?) -- Apr 2 2017, lewber How to categorize activities for a future transcript (should personal interest/free time activities in included in some way?) -- Sept 1 2016, zaichiti Volunteer/community service hours (where to put this on the transcript? or not include it?) -- Aug 4 2016, learners4life credits - graduation requirements Do you base high school graduation requirements on local public school standards? — May 15 2018, Innisfree Any NC homeschoolers here? Graduation requirements question — Mar 14 2018, whiteisle ======================== GRADING / GPA grading - overview How to determine grade percentages -- Oct 16 2019, shbucks Tell me how to grade — July 18 2018, 2ndGenHomeschooler Grading software — July 4 2018, FairProspects grading - failed course / credit recovery If a student busts in an outside course (award the low grade on the transcript? do credit recovery?) — Jan 23 2018, Attolia Failed Dual Enrollment course/high school transcript (and retook with an "A" -- credit recovery? list both? other?) -- July 6 2016, blue darling grading scale Transcript grading scale question -- June 7 2018, Garga Grading scale on transcript? Plus and minus grades? -- Sept 20 2016, learners4life Should transcript include grading scale? -- July 13 2015, Juliegmom grading - with +/- Calculating GPA with plus and minus designations — June 11 2018, Reefgazer grading - pass/fail Would it be weird to have on “pass” grade on a transcript? — May 16 2018, RootAnn Transcript with *only* pass/fail marks? -- May 17 2018, Kinsa GPA - weighted / unweighted GPA scale (weighted and unweighted discussion) — Aug 26 2018, daijobu Transcript: weighted or unweighted? -- Nov 17 2017, yvonne Weighted GPA for Honors class? — Feb 2, athena1277 If you weight GPA, what is the weighted scale? — Sept 8 2015, Sebastian (a lady) Weighted transcript (explanation; how to calculate it) -- Oct 120 2015, Reefgazer validation of home-awarded grades Outside validation -- AP, CLEP, Dual Enrollment, etc. -- Mar 18 2019, Caraway ======================== HONORS COURSES What makes a class "Honors"? -- Mar 28 2019, ByGrace3 Honors courses: what is required for the label? — May 3 2018, klmama Did you know that Honors courses have more ‘weight’ on a transcript? — Dec 10 2012, Samia Honors Algebra vs regular Algebra (how to decide/is it worth the time & money) — Feb 15 2018, Kari C in SC Do non-UC [Univ. of CA] schools weight grades in 9th? (I.e., Honors courses on the transcript) — Mar 19 2018, domesticidyll ======================== RECORD KEEPING record keeping One more transcript question (what school work to keep after graduation?) -- Feb 20 2017, TammyinTN Record keeping for high school work done in middle school -- Feb 26, 2016, lovelearnandlive Record keeping, lesson planning, transcripts -- Homeschool Tracker or Homeschool Pro? -- July 19 2016, butterfly113 High school record keeping book -- Aug 2 2017, nurse_kris If I would have started this in 9th grade (manilla envelope record keeping idea and what school work & records to keep) -- Oct 25 2010, Joan in GE course descriptions Course descriptions (many topics discussed) -- Sept 7 2016, Learners4life What goes in a course description -- Oct 8 2016, Reefgazer Some questions about writing course descriptions -- Sept 17 2018, Joyful Length of course descriptions? -- Sept 14 2017, mirabillis Course descriptions: specific order? -- Sept 12 2016, Teresa in GA Course Description template? -- Mar 3 2019, Roadrunner Course description: please share online provider/class — June 7 2017, RootAnn Critique my course descriptions -- Sept 30 2017, daijobu Are these course descriptions okay? -- May 19 2016, Momto5inIN Course descriptions (looking for feedback) -- July 11 2016, Murrayshire Course Description question about grading -- Sept 24 2018, hollyhock2 Course descriptions (ISBN for books or not?) — Sept 16 2017, yvonne Another transcript/application question (put instructor bio on the course description?) -- Sept 14 2017, yvonne letter of recommendation / counselor letter Letter of Recommendation etiquette & ? — Mar 28, 2017, Hilltopmom Letters of recommendation in high school question (collect in early grades of high school for later college applications?) — Feb 4 2018, housemouse Guidance Counselor Recommendation for high school program? — May 6 2018, madteaparty volunteering / community service Volunteer hours (track/not track, and how?) — Apr 15 2018, MASHomeschooler ======================== GRADUATION / DIPLOMA graduation topics Graduation announcements — Apr 25 2017, Attolia High school graduation party questions — May 22 2017, amyx4 X-post: caps and gowns — Jan 28 2017, Brenda in FL x-post [high school board]: Where did you buy diploma, cap & gown, etc? -- June 18 2015, katilac x-post [college board]: Where did you buy diploma, cap & gown, etc? -- June 18 2015, katilac diplomas Do I need to make a diploma? -- July 16 2016, Jean in Newcastle Diplomas (print your own? where to buy?) — Apr 26 2017, Melabella Do colleges ask for high school diploma? — Feb 2 2017, Job121 Mom diploma good enough for non-college bound student? -- Mar 17 2017, bluebonnet girl Homeschool diploma need to meet state standards? -- Apr 6 2015, teeterbunch Does anyone receive a diploma from the state? -- Dec 4 2014, Farrar Homeschool diploma for mostly public school educated student? -- Oct 13 2017, Merry If you issued a diploma, can you tell me what you put for the school name? -- Apr 4 2016, shavan Name of your homeschool on high school diploma (make a name? use your last name?) -- Apr 6 2017, CaliforniaDreamin' Name [of student] on the diploma (student middle name question) -- July 14 2017, Daria Date on high school diploma -- May 21 2015, Nancy in NH What did you use as a diploma certificate (what kind of paper to print it on?) -- Mar 22 2016, Prairie~Phlox ======================== topics & links continue in post #5 (after 3 response posts)
Okay, to help alleviate the anxiety level of having to be your student's high school counselor/administrator, I've compiled a list of the deadlines/dates I could think of to create a general high school "time table". I know I have forgotten some things; hopefully others will add to this list as they remember things I forgot to include. Not on the list, of course, are your student's specific deadlines and dates for sports, arts performances, extracurriculars, etc. But, hope this helps! Warmest regards to all, Lori D. ETA: Each family's time table will be different!! NO one will be doing ALL of these, or necessarily at the times listed! The intent of this time table is to be a SUGGESTION. And even the best-laid plans can change during your high school years, so BE FLEXIBLE. UPDATED: July 2016 UPDATED: October 2017 UPDATED: September 2018 UPDATED: June 2019 _________________ HIGH SCHOOL "TIME TABLE" _________________ GRADE 8 During 8th grade -- OR -- summer AFTER 8th grade: 1. High School Plan: make plan with academic AND life goals to accomplish in the rapidly closing window of opportunity before high school graduation 2. Record Keeping: set up systems for record-keeping and making a transcript 3. Research Outsourcing: optional: research outside-the-home classes if that is desired/needed (local co-op classes; online classes; local high school classes; dual enrollment; etc) 4. College Board Test Info: optional: register at College Board website for a free account - receive free email reminders of important dates throughout each year of high school - access to free info on testing; college profiles; scholarships; financial aid; etc. - can also sign up for the free SAT Question of the Day (NOTE: For those with accelerated/gifted/advanced students, consider looking into AP, dual enrollment/dual credit/concurrent enrollment, and other advanced options listed below in the grades where these options more typically occur) __________________________________ GRADE 9 Throughout 9th grade year: 1. Life Skills: incorporate learning life skills 2. Extracurriculars: look for/student try out opportunities; log hours, keep records of awards, etc. for extracurriculars, community service, volunteer hours, etc. 3. Scholarships: web searches for "outside" scholarships to apply for -- yes! some are open to middle schoolers and young high schoolers 4. Research Outsourcing: research possibility of outside-the-home classes if desired/needed (local co-op or high school classes; online classes; dual enrollment; etc) _________________ AUGUST / EARLY SEPTEMBER 5. Testing - OPTIONAL PSAT • approach local high school to sign up for mid-Oct. PSAT (mid-Oct) as practice for it "counting" in 11th grade toward possible NM scholarship $$ • NOTE: some schools offer the PSAT 8/9 or PSAT 10 in the spring and require students under grade 11 to take those versions instead ACT/SAT • research/decide whether or not this student would benefit from multiple ACT or SAT tests throughout high school years • register online for choice of date and location for SAT or ACT • if doing multiple/early SAT/ACT testing, incorporate practice/prep in your schedule for the weeks/months before the scheduled test • if not doing SAT/ACT testing, consider other standardized tests (Iowa Basic, Stanford, CAT, etc.) for practice, usually administered in late spring _________________ JANUARY/FEBRUARY/MARCH 5. Testing - OPTIONAL standardized testing • register for standardized testing (Stanford, CAT, Iowa, etc. -- whatever type of testing you decided on, IF you decided to do testing) PSAT • register for PSAT 8/9 (the 8th/9th grade practice test for the "real" PSAT test in 11th grade PSAT and/or future SAT testing _________________ MAY 5. Testing - OPTIONAL PSAT • investigate PSAT testing (FOR FOLLOWING OCT.) at local high school (sign up and pay in late Aug./early Sept. to ensure a test will be ordered for you) • College Board: PSAT/NMSQT information and dates AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must sign up in advance with the school, usually in previous spring/summer or EARLY autumn -- NO LATER than Nov. 1st (schools order tests by Nov. 15) • note: Jan. is very late for being able to find a location that will accept your student __________________________________ GRADE 10 Summer BEFORE 10th grade: - If student has developed new interests/career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - Possibly tour college campuses of interest, if an advanced/motivated student with specific goals. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. During 10th grade year: 1. Continue #1-5 from above in the 9th grade year 2. Career: optional career exploration, internship, or job shadow opportunities if desired/interested 3. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment: - learn about community college (or university) dual enrollment options - weigh pros/cons if DE is a good option for your student and future goals 4. Testing: - possibly investigate test prep courses, materials, etc. - possibly investigate est date(s) for which you may wish to your student up - begin prep and practice ACT: - test dates, day of test info costs, to register - test prep; Online Math Learning: timed essay tips SAT: - test dates, costs, to register - College Board test practice/prep - Online Math Learning OLD test essay prompts SAT Subject Test (formerly called: SAT II) - test dates, test day info - information, the subjects - test prep AP course and/or AP Test: • note: test scores from grade 11 are most effective for college admission • high scores from tests in grades 11 and 12 are most likely to be awarded college credit by the student's future college of choice • start research for deciding which test(s) student is ready for • start research spring/summer BEFORE the following May test date to find a local test site (local high school) that offers your desired test -- not all tests offered all years at all test sites • must sign up in advance with the school, usually in previous spring/summer or EARLY autumn -- NO LATER than Nov. 1st (schools order tests by Nov. 15) • College Board: explore AP classes and tests • College Board schedule of important dates for AP 5. College Research - OPTIONAL • College Fairs - look for when these are in your area -- usually mid-fall and/or spring semester • research colleges through books such as Colleges That Change Lives, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The Princeton Review: 382 Colleges • research colleges through "match" websites • start looking at individual colleges and their financial aid statistics for money awards at College Data website (go to "college match", click on school, look at "money matters" statistics & college admission tracker statistics to see if school might be a financial match for your family) • also see general college statistics at College Board's Big Future (go to "find college"; enter specific school; when that page comes up, click on "print complete college profile" for detailed statistics about the college) _________________ AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT/NMSQT : sign-up • contact local high schools near you to sign-up/take PSAT at the school • get a state-issued photo ID (student driver's permit, driver's license, or ID) from your state MVD - note: need an official copy of the student's birth certificate -- which can take several weeks to get • or, make approved photo ID of your student at this time for admission to the test on test day AP test • If you have not yet arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking -- deadline for schools to request tests is Nov. 15! _________________ MID-OCTOBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT/NMSQT Take the PSAT as practice in advance of it "counting" in 11th grade toward possible National Merit Scholarship. AP test • If you have not arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking NOW! _________________ NOVEMBER 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • OR -- If you have not arranged for an AP test location for the following May testing, start looking NOW! _________________ FEBRUARY/MARCH 6. TESTING - OPTIONAL PSAT-10 • this is the 10th grade practice test of the PSAT for those taking the "real" PSAT in just 6 months • sign up directly with a local high school • not available in all schools or areas _________________ MARCH/APRIL 7. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment - OPTIONAL • If interested in doing this option for the following fall semester, start process NOW for student admission and enrollment for classes _________________ MAY 6. TESTING PSAT/NMSQT - OPTIONAL • investigate PSAT testing (FOR FOLLOWING OCT.) at local high school (sign up/pay in late Aug./early Sept. to ensure a test will be ordered for you) • College Board: PSAT/NMSQT information and dates • PSAT/NMSQT is administered the following mid-October • PSAT is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test for potential scholarship money for 11th graders who score in the top 99% of test-takers AP test - OPTIONAL • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must have signed up in advance with the school, usually the previous spring/summer/fall __________________________________ GRADE 11 Summer BEFORE 11th grade: - If student has developed new interests or career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - Possibly tour college campuses of interest. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. - Possibly do career testing and research. - Research SAT or ACT testing; can start test practice/prep in the summer. (see above, in grade 10 for details) - Research AP tests -- see schedule of important deadlines (see above, in grade 10 for details) - Research colleges and financial aid During 11th grade year: 1. Continue #1-7 from above in the 10th grade year 2. Driving: practice student driving; investigate driver's ed/teen insurance 3. Work: help student create a resume if they are applying for a part time job 4. Writing: practice general writing and timed essay skills; write scholarship application essays 5. College Research: • start research process: look for student/school matches in degree programs, campus size/culture, financials, etc. • consider attending special college "tour dates" or "family days" for first-hand research -- or schedule your own tour College Search Process • College Fairs - look for when these are in your area -- usually mid-fall and/or spring semester • research colleges through books such as Colleges That Change Lives, Fiske Guide to Colleges, and The Princeton Review: 382 Colleges • research colleges through "match" websites • start looking at individual colleges and their financial aid statistics for money awards at College Data website (go to "college match", click on school, look at "money matters" statistics & college admission tracker statistics to see if school might be a financial match for your family) • also see general college statistics at College Board's Big Future (go to "find college"; enter specific school; when that page comes up, click on "print complete college profile" for detailed statistics about the college) _________________ AUGUST/EARLY SEPTEMBER 6. Testing PSAT/NMSQT • verify you are signed up with the local high school to take the PSAT • start prepping/taking practice tests (College Board: practice) AP Test • start searching for a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: test dates _________________ OCTOBER 6. Testing: PSAT/NMSQT • take test -- test day info AP Test • line up a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 7. Potential Service Academy Candidates • begin putting together packets, getting letters of recommendation / Congressional letters, and register for tests • several Service Academies have admission deadlines *early* (August/September) of grade 12, so start now to be prepared _________________ NOVEMBER 6. Testing: AP test • see schedule of important deadlines • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! _________________ JANUARY 6. Testing: ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for possible spring test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for possible autumn test date: test dates 7. Potential Service Academy Candidates • begin putting together packets, getting letters of recommendation / Congressional letters, and register for tests • several Service Academies have admission deadlines *early* (August/September) of grade 12, so start now to be prepared _________________ MARCH 8. Dual Enrollment/Dual Credit/Concurrent Enrollment - OPTIONAL • If interested in doing this option for the following fall semester, start process NOW for student admission and enrollment for classes _________________ MAY AP test - OPTIONAL • see schedule of important deadlines • tests administered at high school locations over 2 weeks in May • must have signed up in advance with the school, usually the previous spring/summer/fall __________________________________ GRADE 12 Summer BEFORE 12th grade: - If student has developed new interests or career ideas, adjust high school plan & course of study. - College: Tour the "finalist" college(s) on your student's list. - Make college selections (of final 3-6 colleges (or more, if needed) -- be sure to include at least 1 "safety" school and 1 "match" school. - Possible summer camps, academic camps, internships, or other opportunities in career field of interest. - Consider doing career testing and research. - For more great ideas, check out this thread: "Summer Before Senior Year Things To Do" -- June 13 2019, mirabillis During 12th grade year: 1. Continue doing #1-8 from above in the 11th grade year 2. Regularly check deadlines for EVERYTHING _________________ AUTUMN 3. Testing ACT / SAT / SAT Subject — if student needs to take/retake, do so as early as possible in the school year ACT / SAT: • register at the test's website for early autumn test date: ACT sign-up / SAT sign-up • start prep: ACT practice / SAT College Board practice SAT Subject: • register at the test's website for early autumn test date: test dates AP Test • see schedule of important deadlines • start searching for a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 4. End of High School: • Graduation: Begin planning for high school graduation ceremony or special event now • Senior Photo: Arrange for senior portrait photographs now 7. College - Scholarships: • send in "outside" scholarship applications and essays to meet autumn due dates _________________ SEPTEMBER 3. Testing AP Test • line up a school test location that will seat your student -- deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 6. College - Financial Aid: • do online FAFSA application for financial aid • Oct. 1st = opening date for following school year of college 7. College - Admissions: • start college application form -- OR -- Common App (if required); requires: - copies of transcripts (yours, dual enrollment, high schools, etc. - all transcripts must be official transcripts sent directly from the schools - copies of test scores sent directly from ACT/SAT to the college - copy of course description document (if required) - family information and possible financial information - student admission essay (if required) - possibly: list of extracurriculars, volunteer work, community service, etc. - possibly: list of work experience, honors, awards, leadership activities - possibly: copies of certificates, documents, etc. -- do NOT send originals! - possibly: copy of a "disposable" portfolio -- do NOT send original documents! • apply to colleges with Early Application deadline in October _________________ OCTOBER 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with Early Application deadline in October (usually Oct. 15 or sometimes Oct. 31) _________________ NOVEMBER 3. Testing AP Test • by Nov. 1st -- double check with AP test location school that your student WILL be seated for the AP test(s) you signed up for with the school last spring or summer • deadline for schools to purchase tests is Nov. 15! 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with a Nov. 15th/Nov. 30th deadline (see details above for October grade 12) _________________ DECEMBER 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with a Dec. 15th/Dec. 31st deadline (see details above for October grade 12) _________________ JANUARY 7. College - Admissions: • apply to colleges with January deadlines or rolling admission (see details above for October grade 12) 8. Graduation: • plan / reserve venue for any special ceremony or celebration _________________ FEBRUARY/MARCH 6. College - Financial Aid: • deadline for many colleges to fill out FAFSA application for financial aid8. Graduation: • order: graduation diploma, cap & gown, announcements • have senior photos taken and place order for prints • plan and reserve any special "senior trip" or last family vacation _________________ APRIL/MAY 9. College - decisions / enrollment • deadline to accept final college choice is usually May 1st • possibly register for Fall semester college classes (may happen at summer freshman orientation day) 10. College - internships • some *college* internships have application deadlines a YEAR in advance • search now/apply for internships to be done during the summer *following* the college freshman year _________________ MAY/JUNE 8. Graduation: • optional ceremony, special event, celebration • write/send thank you notes for graduation gifts 11. College - prep to leave • begin to collect items for dorm living (often there are Memorial Day sales)
Any advice or tips for purchasing a couple of AP Physics C Exam Review books? When did the exam last change? The Barron's book on Amazon was from Feb 1, 2016, so I was wondering if that was still relevant. DS is not sure if he feels prepared for the E&M portion, but feels much better about the Mechanics exam. Is anyone else taking both? Just one or the other? Would love to hear the Hive's thoughts!