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  1. Hello! We homeschooled up until last year when all of my kids went to a private school. They are all back home again this year, and my oldest is a senior. College transcript info: My senior is settled on Boyce College (we are a NAMB family and will get a big scholarship). I have tried emailing the college several times asking for specific admissions requirements for homeschoolers, and they have not given me anything. Does anyone have helpful info on this? Is this an unusual question? I have basic homeschool transcript info. I was just hoping to meet their specific requirements as my son would like to graduate early and begin working. I don't want to needlessly fill his time with electives. Gap year: My son hopes to spend a gap year with missionary friends of ours in Papua. This means we won't be applying to college this fall, which feels strange. He is still taking the SAT though. How do gap year students handle the SAT? The school wants to receive scores directly from the test but we are not applying this year so I'm not sure how to handle that. Thank you!!
  2. I need to compile a list of project-based engineering colleges/universities. I know that Franklin Olin College works that way but I need other options because Olin has such a low acceptance rate. My son is a sophomore this year and has his heart set on engineering...maybe mechanical but possibly electrical. He is very techy, lots of robotics, arduino, programming etc but I don't think he would survive a traditional engineering program involving lots of theory and lectures. Thank you for your input!
  3. hello! i asked something on the board yesterday but i've got a question thats been swirling in my head for awhile. i know that before you work your way up to being a detective you have to work as a cop first. i've heard some people say that is takes 3 years and i've heard some people say more or less. i just wanted to know if there's anyway i can shorten my years of working as a cop. i have basically no interest in working as one. does anyone know how? thank you!
  4. We moved half way across country in the middle of my daughter's senior year. It happened relatively quickly and created chaos in her plans. Regrouping is challenging. She's been accepted to a school she's not sure she wants to go to that is 18+ hours from home. She won't qualify for in-state tuition until January 2018. She has 32 hours of dual enrollment classes under her belt. Her passion is writing. Her desire is to be a YA fiction author. If you were to consider your child postponing college in order to pursue a passsion, what kinds of parameters would you establish?
  5. Hi Everyone! I thought I would make one last post about the scholarship program that our nonprofit is running along with Bright Ideas Press for homeschooling seniors - the deadline is March 31st. We will be awarding three scholarships: Two $1,000 scholarships and one $500 scholarship. Students must have been homeschooled for at least two years. We are hoping to get some great students applying! The application can be completed online or mailed in. Here is the website for more information: www.homeschoolerscubed.org/scholars Here are some tips that we've been sharing for great applications: Follow directions: It may seem silly, but not following directions is one of the most common ways applications get disqualified. Follow directions and you will already be ahead! Be Passionate: Make sure to show us your passion for homeschooling, your future career, and education in general! You are awesome, help us see it! This is your time to shine: Don't look up "winning scholarship essays" or "awesome resume generator" - personalize everything - this is your time to shine! Proofread: Once you're done with you application, let a trusted friend or family member look it over to catch any spelling or grammar mistakes. Good luck! I will check back so please feel free to post any questions!
  6. Help! I am combining a bunch of free resources to help my daughter with her study skills, SAT prep, and career exploration. I would like to put this on her high school transcript as a semester course. I was trying to come up with a course title. She will be using Khan academy's SAT preparation course, 14 study skills videos and worksheets from www.ibcc.edu/LAR/studyskills.cfm, and Career Explorations four week course from Letshomeschoolhighschool.com. I think this will be a semester course (I am going to have her track her time spent on the materials). Any title ideas? Would a course like this be acceptable on a high school transcript? Thanks!! Jenny
  7. I was so pleased to read Cynthia's college visit reports from years back, that I decided to submit my own from Cal Tech. It's a small campus, definitely not what I'm accustomed to, but big enough to have several dining options and places to hang out on campus. Lots of house traditions and a culture of pranking, having goofy/nerdy fun. Very nerdy culture & pride. Pretty extreme honor system: Students can take home final exams and take them whenever they want before deadline. Exam instructions may say to allow 4 hours to take the test, open book, but no internet allowed, turn in by Friday. The dorm/houses were...charming? We were taken through a rec room, and gosh it smelled bad. I hate to say it, but why don't these schools make it a priority to make their living conditions a bit nicer? It does make such a difference, I think. Or maybe I'm just getting old. SURF=summer undergraduate research fellowships. Very easy to obtain, and it seems like practically all students take advantage of them. Our tour guide did research at JPL modeling Europa. Very cool! Lots of corporate recruiting, because these are generally very smart kids, but also lots of students go on for PhDs. I used to think CalTech was really all about physics (Feynmann?), and everything else is secondary. Not true. I had also feared that the freshman core classes would be an attempt to weed out students, but that also appears to be untrue. Lots of collaboration and help from peers and upper classmen. They assured me that students will not be admitted if it appears they will be unable to handle the core. Homeschool friendly: I think they admitted 6 students in the most recent freshman class?
  8. Hi :) I need some college (online) courses. I am looking at Straighterline for some (They're self-study)... Particularly... Statistics & Probability... College Algebra... Geography... And World History... Anyone have good options for (cough cough... easy to do/succeed at) college courses? I am doing Grad courses at the same time... so I'm not trying for intensive ;) Thanks! Carrie
  9. Free 180 page report in PDF link on webpage http://www.maa.org/programs/faculty-and-departments/curriculum-development-resources/national-studies-college-calculus Interesting for parents thinking of DE. Also data on AP Calc AB and Calc BC kids survival in Calc 1.
  10. I am in my second semester at college, currently with a 4.0 GPA. Because of my stupidity 20 years ago (I stopped going to school in 1995 without dropping the classes and ruined my transfer GPA), I wasn't able to apply for any scholarships when I started school in the fall. So now I am preparing for next fall to get as many scholarships as possible to not only cover those classes but also pay back the little loan I had to take out for this school year. I am applying to all the ones available at my school and I have even applied for a United Autoworkers for one they are giving away since my mom worked in that industry for 20 years. But I am looking for some legitimate scholarships that you may know about without digging through 10,000 on these "scholarship" sites on the web. I figure all real scholarship opportunities are worth applying for, even the little ones so any advice or recommendations would be greatly appreciated. If it is helpful, my situation is... 40 years old Single Mom 5 Kids One in college full time as well.
  11. I would really appreciate some guidance from the hive mind on this one please. I'll try not to make it confusing. DS is 9 yo and in 3rd grade. We have been struggling with what was believed to be an attention problem in class since kindergarten. We've tried behavioral rewards, etc with no success. This year, he is getting worse. We investigated Auditory Processing Disorder this fall on the suggestion of the vice principal and a new Sunday school teacher. Eureka! We finally figured it out! I was present for the 3 hour audiologist eval, and it was crystal clear. The poor kid can't understand approx. 40% of what he hears in a room with background noise! This explains why he does so well on his schoolwork for me in our quiet house, and so poorly in his typically noisy classroom. He can't understand what his teacher is saying. The school is currently doing his level 4 RTI to get him qualified as learning disabled so he can receive auditory assistance in the classroom (FM system) etc. One problem: our school system (Georgia) does not recognize APD as a learning disability. Our school psychologist, who is very well intentioned, has suggested finagling a diagnosis of "mild autism" to get him the help he needs in school. He's failing 3rd grade, and yet his standardized scores show 6th grade intelligence. He may qualify for the gifted program and the learning disabled program simultaneously. The psychologist has suggested that "mild autism" may be to blame for our son's lack of social skills in school. We think it's because he can't hear his peers talking to him, because he's perfectly conversational and friendly in one on one playdates in our quiet home. If you put him on a loud playground, gym class, or in the lunchroom, it's like the "cone of silence" drops because he seems overwhelmed by all the noise, sometimes to the point of covering his ears. We are tempted to go along with the "mild autism" diagnosis to get him the help he needs from the school. Yay, bureaucracy! We are concerned, though, about possible detrimental effects on him later. Will FERPA, the law governing privacy in educational records protect him? He's our oldest, so we have no clue. He's in third grade. Will his high school and/or college even know of the diagnosis by the school (not a medical doctor) if we don't disclose it? Does anyone out there with more experience see problems in the future we may not have anticipated? Thanks, GA Mom
  12. DD wants to be a writer. She writes lots of fiction, but we're not sure that's the kind of writing she'll end up doing for a living. What schools do you know of that have good track records of producing skilled writers? Or is she better off just finding some real-world mentors to critique her work? (I don't have much faith in college English departments' interest or ability in producing graduates who can write well.)
  13. We did an admissions tour a couple weeks ago at West Virginia University with my rising 10th and 9th graders. I want to write up my impressions of the school, but I'm not really sure what would be of interest to other people. If you visit a school with younger students, not necessarily because it is a school they will apply to , but because the opportunity presents itself, what sorts of things do you look for?
  14. Are you planning for this fall? Do you have students in 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th grades? If so, then you need this talk by Susan Wise Bauer: The Well-Prepared Student: How to Get Ready for the High-School Years Susan Wise Bauer gives clear, specific directions for helping a middle school student prepare, academically and practically, for high school. http://www.welltrainedmind.com/store/well-prepared-student.html In this session, learn what and how to teach your child in grades 5 through 8--before that ninth-grade year begins. How can you be sure that you’re handling the transition from elementary learning to more complicated studies properly? What do you do when your child resists? What should you do in the seventh and eighth-grade years to make sure that your student is ready for high school? Includes suggested milestones for each year and subject, as well as practical suggestions for catching up and covering material that may have been missed. MP3 Download, approximately 60 minutes It's going to be $3.99, BUT order before noon Friday, and pay only $2.99.
  15. It's been an emotional 2 days. My 11 yr old went to sleep crying last night. It was so hard. My 23 yr old son was accepted into the grad. program at PennState with a nice little stipend (yay Homeschooling!!). It's his 2nd choice and we haven't heard back from any of the other colleges yet. But, as we were all celebrating with him about this happy news my youngest (11yr son) had one of those "Wait a minute..." moments and he burst into tears when he realized that it meant his brother will be moving farther away in the fall. I didn't even think about trying to break it to him gently and I feel so bad. We were all happy for older ds. It made college boys leaving today that much harder for our youngest. dd(21) is away visiting friends in NJ and leaves for college next weekend. Hubby is taking ds (20) off to college. DD (17) is taking youngest to a friends house, and I'm here by myself being reminded again that my days as a mom to a houseful of growing kids is coming to a close.
  16. Hello again! Full of questions aren't I! I'm about half way through TWTM book. It has mentioned that it is not traditional and neither is homeschooling. I realize that, but I'm curious to know how my girls will compare to their peers. I know there are exceptions and many kids absolutely excel, but what about those who didn't get a good foundation from the public school? After reading this book, I feel bad for not pulling my kids out earlier. I feel they have not been prepared for higher learning, critically thinking, or anything. They've just been given some basic facts and moved on to the next topic. Forgive me for worrying! Most of this is from my own fear of messing up my kids education, not the classical education! Does anyone do standardized testing? Also has anyone done these tests with older children who started in the middle? How did they compare with the average of their peers? I'm aware this type of education does not follow the traditional schedule, and actually I love that! I just want to make sure they will be prepared for college and success. How about SATs and ACTs. Do you find them more prepared for these tests? On another note, I am so excited about starting this! We are going to do some transitioning after break. My girls were not given a good foundation in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, so we are going to be incorporating the spelling workout books with English. I am super pumped!
  17. Any thoughts about this New York Times article "Saying No to College" In homeschooling circles I often hear very similar sentiments to those expressed in the article. What do you think? http://www.nytimes.c...gewanted=1&_r=0
  18. I am in 9th grade this year, and am thinking about what I want to do in college. I am totally LOST in all of this stuff about CLEP, AP, SAT, and whatnot, and I was checking this forum out when I realized that everything seems to be for parents...so is there a place where I can get the information I need--without needing to be a parent??
  19. Well, here it goes. TRANSCRIPTS. I'm in 11th grade, and horribly so, as I have yet to construct a transcript/course descriptions for 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. Nothing. Nada. I've only started recording grades in 10th, so let's just say everything is a bit frazzled. Where could I start? What are some recommended formats? I'm currently taking AP Euro History, AP Literature (both with PA Homeschoolers), Psychology, Algebra II, German II, and an elective of film editing with Premiere CS6. Remember, this is a student who's considering majoring in Creative Writing or Comparative Literature or Germanic Studies at colleges such as Northwestern and UC Berkeley - even Columbia. If you all could point to a path, send a message in the sky, hand me some directions, something, I will be eternally grateful. Thank you! :D
  20. It seems that this article: Who Got Into the Country’s Top Colleges? spawned this blog post: Give a Girl a ‘Hook,’ Get Her Into College which spawned a FB post by SWB, which is currently spawning some interesting discussion (featuring Rivka and maybe a few other WTMers). I wondered if anyone had any thoughts on it. I have one DD who has no real interests that could turn into "hooks," and it stresses me out greatly (from a college-application perspective and from a richness-of-life sort of perspective). What do you do with a kid who has no hooks and who desires no hooks? Anyway, I thought the FB discussion was interesting enough to bring it here (and I hate FB, so I'd rather read it here :D). Thanks for linking, SWB!
  21. In looking into returning to college to finish my degree myself in a couple of years, I am absolutely struck about something: the amount of electives that have NOTHING to do with a given major necessary in order to complete a degree!!! In looking at a BSBA----why is it necessary to take art history, American history etc??? Biology, chemistry?? Almost half of a major is General Ed and Electives?! What a waste of time! And looking at housing it looks like the housing expenses, compared to real world rent, are about $1000 or more a month----with no privacy or cooking facilities! No wonder college is so overpriced, no wonder kids have to take out such expensive loans----all so they have a piece of paper that says they are job ready---but they aren't really because their education was large and wide as opposed to laser focused on a particular career/major focus. :glare: I guess I am just now seeing something I didn't back when I first started college, but the amount of wasted time/money on classes that should have been covered in high school is ridiculous. I am so glad ds is now planning on College Plus to avoid this racket also, as he is interested in getting a BSBA and I'm so glad he will be able to CLEP out of the fluff electives so he can get to the meat of his major. He'll still be paying quite a bit for a degree, but at least it won't be $35000++ for mostly fluff :tongue_smilie: Am I the only one who seriously questions the sanity of this? I guess all these years homeschooling have left me critical of too much maybe...
  22. do you feel you have a say in where the child goes and what they study? Some mentioned the parents made mistakes in choosing the college of the parents' choice. Is this really wrong IF the child is going on the parents' dime? These are ours: My kids are free to choose whatever they want if they are paying for it. If I am paying for it, I feel I have a right to have some minor stipulations on that money. Now, at this time, I don't forsee any real issues as I can't think of a reason I won't allow them to choose where to go as long as they have a valid reason behind it, but I am just curious what you all think. BTW: Our stipulations at present (subject to change as you see I have no college age kids yet.) 1. We will pay for local college tuition and fees and room and board at our house. Any other choice is fine, but you will pay the difference in cost. 2. We will not pay for you to go to college indefinitely. 5 years max before the funds run out (4 is preferable but I know that is harder and harder to achieve given the way schools run.) 4. Keep your grades up as best you can (I have one LD child so I try not to make statements like a GPA min.) 5. You do not have to work on top of going to school (again, based on LD child) BUT, you may not have the spending money you would like to have if you don't. 6. We do not care what they major in. We may have more, but that is where DH and I have gotten to in our discussions so far.
  23. How many are going to let their children pay their own way. Growing up, it was sink or swim. Mom and Stepdad, even with their Vet status, didn't have money for college (and they were saving it for their son, not me). In fact, the government told them that they could afford my brother's education, so they went nearly 2million into debt for his education and living expenses (including shacked up girlfriend). When I've attended college, several times in bits and pieces, I've busted my rear on grades and took no more than I could afford. We don't have money to send our kids anywhere and I don't have money for extra tutors (don't get me started...real life conversation with a friend recently). Sorry, my kids will have to apply for scholarships, grants, financial aid, and work. They are welcome to stay home in order to attend school. But we won't be putting them through school. Please see post #30 for clarification on the term "entitled"...it was used for a reason. Most that have chosen other because of that term, voted correctly. There are those that feel it is an entitlement. Those that fall in between, please use other. :) Many have explained their position well and I appreciate that :)
  24. Recent thread on online universities has me wondering if there are any reputable ones out there. I've heard nothing but negative things about Phoenix, I know there are lots more. Any website that rates them?
  25. I think I just realized why discussions about college attendance seem to go in circles. I can say that I agree that too many students are being pushed into college, often without regard for their ability to work on a college level. I can agree with the idea that college degrees have often been watered down (a degree writ large, if not all majors). But at the same time, I can say that if there is a game being played, then I want my kids to be able to kick but and take names. In other words, I can say that I think the push for universal college is a bad idea for our society (too expensive and too many aren't in a position to benefit from attending), while still hoping that my kids will be both able to attend and able to benefit from it.
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