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  1. So... :D I did the same thing for high school bio that I did for chem. Remember, though, that I'm not a high school specialist in Bio so my judgments on whether something is reg or honours could be off - please feel free to correct me if you disagree with something I've posted! :) I didn't include a category for "Math background needed" for most of the bio curricula (except for AP). I don't find that a certain level of math is required for most high school biology courses beyond just basic alg skills (working with simple equations, fractions, decimals, possibly scientific notation, etc.). A student may run across the concept of pH but is usually not required to calculate it. If a course is VERY rigorous, a student may have to do calculations regarding buffer systems but even that only requires knowledge of quadratic equations and the quadratic formula (and probably only shows up in AP Bio, if I remember correctly). They could also just memorize the Henderson-Hasselbach equation and just use that. :) Before taking honours bio, a first course in chem would probably be useful to the student Again, also, I know I've missed a ton of resources. Please chime in with anything that I've missed or post your reviews or thoughts on any of the curricula. I'll take up the first five posts of this thread - post #2 should be for Reg Bio, post #3 should be for Honours Bio, post #4 should be for AP Bio, and post #5 for other resources. (You may notice these lists look veeeeerrrrrrrrry similar to my chem lists. :) Most of the companies selling homeschool high school chem courses also sell bio courses. I used my chem lists to create the bio lists and then just tweaked, added, or removed info as necessary. Because chemists are lazy. Uh huh. :D)
  2. Our son is gifted but 2E, interested in possibly going into engineering or science. He's currently in 8th. We're trying to decide now between honors or regular biology. How do you decide? What are the options for courses which give teaching materials and grading info, but where you will do the grading (i.e., no transcript). At this point we're "testing the waters". And if you buy a regular biology course, and decide to then progress further/faster, can you make it honors -- how? Any suggestions would be very much appreciated!
  3. Cross-posted to college board - dd just got her acceptance to Honors Academy at University of Alabama this summer! Anyone else going? It looks like a great program. Bonus - she's always wanted to do sleep-away camp and never had the chance, so this will double for that :thumbup1:
  4. Starting to plan for keeping records, managing transcripts, etc. Technically, my dd will be 8th grade age next year. We have no plans to graduate her early. She is enrolled as a 9th grade student in a uni-model school. Would being accelerated a grade equal an honors level course? So, if she takes high school English I in 8th grade, would I call that honors? How do you calculate honors in a gpa? I ask because many accelerated classes will transition to AP in a few years. If she took algebra 1 in 7th grade, can I call that honors algebra 1? Seems like honors to me! Thanks for insight!
  5. I know 4.0 is an A, but what if the course is an honors course. Do you give higher gpa's?
  6. Hi, I have a dd in 6th. grd. was using Calvert 5th. grd. until I saw that she would not be on track for Algebra 1 until 9th. grade. Unacceptable! I would like a curriculum that will have her on track as an honors student in 9th. grade and not on the "Average" track with the herd. Saxon is a good program but I would like to finish the rest of her subjects like Science and English with something as advanced as Saxon. I can't find anything like that, so far they all seem to stop with the herd. Does anyone have any suggestions for me. I would really appreciate it.:)
  7. I've seen in previous posts that Lial's Intro. to Algebra is very nuts and bolts and not much theory. I don't know how difficult the word problems are. But, considering this is remedial college level math, those who are familiar with it, do you think it's an honors level course for an 8th or 9th grader? If not, what would be an better option? TIA
  8. the child for whom the transcript was given completes the CLEP test after course completion? For example: Honors U.S. History* *Honors class indicated by passing CLEP test after completion of course.
  9. What's going to be the huge difference in Honors, Advanced Placement or College Prep courses? Is one going to look better over the other on a transcript? BTW, these would be outsourced classes, so it's not me putting the label on the course, it's the school/instructor.
  10. I'm in the middle of working on transcripts and course descriptions (again!), and need to apparently provide weighted grades as well. I always just figured to keep it simple and unweighted, but I see that some of the schools they are applying to reference the weighted grades. I don't want my kids to be at a disadvantage, so.... Is a weighted GPA potentially higher than a 4.0? What constitutes an "honors" course (obviously, AP level would be weighted, but not sure about the general "honors" designation)? How much "extra" is a grade given for weighted? For example, if it's an extra .5, then is an A worth 4.5 and a B worth 3.5? My head is swirling....
  11. Thinking out loud, no more than that. Why do so many homeschoolers want to replicate "honors" and/or "AP" courses for their high school students? I don't believe it is wrong to do so ! I try to teaching rock-solid courses in all subjects. I don't feel any compulsion to label them "honors" or "AP". Some of my coursework probably has qualified as such, over the years, but I don't worry about it. High quality provided for my children is my aim. If respondents don't mind sharing honest introspection, is this trend followed because of competition for college admission, or because of a deeply-buried insecurity of how homeschooling coursework stacks up -- (in the eyes of the sometimes hostile non-homeschooling world) -- against that of "outside schools"? Similar possibility, perhaps, is it that homeschoolers are imitating outside schools, where AP classes have proliferated like healthy rabbits? Not a trace of anti-intellectualism among my family, as dh and my education proves. I'm not coming from that angle. I'm just interested and very curious.
  12. I'm trying to sort out the main differences with these levels in classes. I was thinking that Advanced Placement classes must center around the AP test for which it shoud prepare you, is this right? Does a homeschool AP class have to be approved or is this just a good option? Could you call your class an AP class if you prepare for the AP test and your child does well on it (without the approval)? What main aspects separate a general class from an honors level class? When I was in school this mostly meant that for an advanced class we had more outside reading, perhaps a few more difficult books, more essays, etc. (in general). Is this the right idea? I fully intend to create the best classes that I can for dd for high school. I think they would meet the requirements for an honors class, but then again maybe not...:lol: How does it look for a transcript made by mom to have many honors level classes? What would you consider the main differences with an honors class in any subject vs. a general class? For example, in math would that mean a solid text with many of the more challenging problems worked? For history, would this mean a solid text with several supplemental reads with essays and tests which incorporate some deeper thinking? Sorry, I'm so inexperienced with this so please excuse any questions with the wrong ideas...:D Thanks for any advice!
  13. I have no qualms about designating my daughter's Science as honors as she does Apologia, must finish the book, do *all* labs (unless duplicate of Singapore Science lab), plus supplement with readings from Singapore Science and do about 1/2+ of their labs. To me, Omnibus is honors for history & literature as these courses are chocked full of books that even college students would have to "wade through" and are IMO above & beyond (in difficulty & volume) than what I had to do in high school for International Baccalaureate English or history. What are your standards? I'm not talking AP here--I won't have my kids take *any* AP tests, I'll not call any of their courses AP on their transcripts, and at most they *might* take a CLEP test or two.
  14. I recently read where if you submitted your course syllabus, books etc to college board, they could approve your class as an honors class. I can't remember if I read that on this forum or somewhere else and now I can't find it. Has anyone done this and how did you go about it?
  15. If it has been marketed as an AP preparation course, can you designate it that way on a transcript (with or without having to take the actual exam)?
  16. Since NEM starts with a section of prealgebra and since it ends with review, I'm planning on assigning high school credit as follows: Integrated Math I - NEM 1-first half of 2 IM II - NEM 2-first half of 3 IM III - NEM 3-4 (we likely won't work through the review) IM IV - Additional Mathematics 1 IM V - Additional Mathematics 2 This works out to Alg I&II, geometry with proofs, trig, statistics (not AP) and Calc I (basically, Calculus AB). All of these are honors level credits. Calc II, if we take it separately, will get its own credit. Is this reasonable?
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