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    Question College in CA w/o A-G curriculum

    I have enrolled my son in a charter for 9th grade. It looks like the a-g options are their own virtual learning classes. I am meeting with the supervising teacher tomorrow and will find out for sure.
    I am not thrilled with the idea of him only using their online courses for a-g credit and would be interested in some other ideas.
    Can anyone recommend courses that satisfy the requirement?
    I'm also interested in hearing about alternate paths into the CA universities.


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    Hi. My oldest is only in 7th now, but our charter goes through 12th. Every charter does things a bit differently, but it seems odd they will not let you construct your own courses. Maybe a different charter? Ours has been working with the local community college to not only have dual enrollment, but to group the homeschooling students together.

    A-G are the general ed requirements for UCs.... Im not sure they apply to homeschooling situations.
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    There was an Orange County parent around here a year or so ago, who was working with UCadmissions, she is probably the person you ought to reach via PM.
    LkNomad.... it is exactly what youre talking about.
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    I'm also part of a yahoo group called Homeschooling toward College. You may want to join and ask your questions there. There are many CA homeschooling families as part of the group.

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    My business partner's ds had great success getting into the UC's without doing any A-G. A-G applies if you're going through a charter - because then you're technically not a homeschooler - but if you're doing the independent option, then A-G does not apply, even for California residents. So if you want him to take a different path, the easiest thing to do would be to dump the charter now.

    I know there are other online options for A-G than the ones the charter is waving in front of you. But they're definitely more limited than the options for "good" classes. And you can do some of this at home too - but for that, you're again going to be more limited than if you don't do the charter. I know there are ins and outs for that and I'm not an expert there.

    I'd definitely ask on a homeschool to college group. There are a bunch of them - Yahoo, forums, facebook, etc. If you do Facebook, my friend helps mod this one:
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    Lol, I could have done a better job with that post. I was exhausted and was stressing out over helping my son choose the right path.
    The charter will allow us to pick our own curriculum, but then he would be on a general education pathway. This is fine with me bc I know he has options like SAT subject tests or taking college level courses if he wants to satisfy the requirement.
    I was going to go with their A-G Algebra and science bc the courses are computer based which works well for my son. However, after watching a recorded lesson from last year, I am second guessing myself. The courses require a 60-90 live virtual learning class once a week. The class takes that long bc the teacher interacts with the students via chat and is constantly stopping the lesson to acknowledge what they just typed. My son said he didn't care, but it looked unbearable to me.
    Thank you for the suggestions.

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    Wow. Havenít been here for awhile and I find my name again-LOL. I know this thread is a few months old but as Alexsmom said I have been working with the UCs to clarify A-G especially for charter students.

    Rather than put it all here. We discuss it at length on my FB group. I donít come here anymore because I am always there.

    The UC office of the president just clarified the website for homeschoolers and has emphasized to me specifically that charter students must meet the same requirements as traditional public school students do. PSA/PSP do not.

    Feel free to join the group. We also do a Q&A with charter high school staff. This is CA only.

    Alexsmom. Since you have a middle student you should join in too!


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