Tuesday, May 15, 2012

College in High School

High school is going so fast.  Luke will be a junior next year and Josh will be a freshman.  

Luke was enrolled in CollegePrep this semester which is a slower pace semester of CollegePlus.  He is still working on taking his first CLEP test for College Algebra.  Hey, slow is ok.  Slow and steady wins the race, right?  He is going to pause on his high school algebra 2 studies for a few weeks as he completes his preparation for his CLEP test.  I'm wondering if he'll need to finish the high school algebra 2 if he passes the college algebra test?  I'm waiting to hear what the CollegePrep rep recommends about that.  

Hopefully, next year Luke will CLEP a few more courses.  I'm pretty sure we'll stay with CollegePlus.  In addition to helping students earn college credits via CLEP tests, they mentor them and help them figure out what to pursue and how to pursue it in a way that best meets their individual needs. 

I think Josh will start CollegePrep next year too.  His personality is suited for reading, testing, finished, next!  He wants to get as much of his college done during high school as possible.  Why not? 

Since Luke is the oldest, I'm figuring out how all this high school and college stuff works with him.  It will make it much easier (for me) when the next ones hit high school I hope!  

And...I received my Institute for Excellence in Writing's Speech Boot Camp (SBC)  and The Elegant Essay (TEE)  curriculums this week.  I haven't looked at the SBC yet but the TEE looks awesome!  I'm going to see if I can get a few more high schoolers to join the The Essay class with Luke and Josh in the fall. 

Here's what next year is looking like for Luke (11th Grade):
Worldview:  Apologia Apologetics
Math:  Pre-Calc Teaching Textbooks
Science:  Apologia Chemistry (in a local co-op)
History:  apestry of Grace History Year 3
English:  Tapestry of GraceLiterature (online course), Writing (IEW SBC)
Foreign Language:  German 3 (Oklahoma State University)
PE:  Soccer
Fine Arts:  Choir

I'd really like to throw Latin in here too, but that might/would be pushing it (:
With CollegePlus he'll be taking CLEP tests to get some college credit too.

Wow, it feels good to get that schedule out of my head and onto paper...screen, you know what I mean.

Is anybody in the local area interested in joining us once a week for the essay class?  Oh, or maybe you could join us by Skype?  Let me know.


  1. My oldest is in junior high, so I'm eager to learn about the high school years (they're coming up fast).

    1. Yes, it does come fast and high school is going uber fast! It's great that you're thinking about high school now. 8th grade can be kind of a "practice" year for the homeschool mom...start keeping records. I think it's good to keep records in JH in case you end up using any of those classes as high school classes like I probably will for my kids.

  2. It's funny you should write about the CLEP exams. My kids are still quite young for them, but I have been thinking more about how high school works as my daughter will be in 6th grade next year. They sound like a great way to get college credit.

  3. Keep CollegePlus and Edunation in mind. They will help your students study for CLEP if you choose to do that.

    I like your "Like me on facebook" button on your blog! I liked you. Did you make that? Was it easy?

  4. Thanks for stopping by my blog and following. I'm following you too now! ;)

    I'm excited to find a high school homeschooler. My sister homeschools my neice and nephew who are now a freshman and sophomore, but I've had my oldest in private school. Something's gotta give this year though and we're leaning towards homeschooling her as well. She'll be a Jr. This is only my 2nd year of homeschooling, and I'll admit that the thought of homeschooling my daughter, starting with her Jr. year is a scary prospect for me. I'll be following you and yours closely!

    Thank you, by the way, for the sacrifices your family makes for our country. You guys are appreciated!