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    So-my kiddo has moved to the semi-finalist stage, and there are multiple parts to coordinate. The first part is the school profile, which must be completed before any other parts are completed. I've done most of it-grading systems, courses offered, etc. Those are mostly check box/fill in the blank type things. But at the end, they have a section where you can put any additional information about your grading system or what makes your curriculum unique. And I'm stuck. It's short-there's a limited amount of space available. I guess I'm trying to give our philosophy? Or do they even read these things anymore? Does anyone here have any experience with this? I can call them, but it will have to be next week due to my schedule and time zone differences, and I'd really like to get it done. Once I submit it, it can not be changed.

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    I did this with my son 3 years ago. I believe I put something in there about how I graded on mastery learning--no moving on until kid is proficient sort of stuff.

    At that point, he'd also earned 40+ college credits through dual enrollment, so I put that in there as well, including his GPA in those courses alone.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    And, by the way, CONGRATULATIONS! The recognition is terrific. And I hope it turns into some well-deserved $$ for college!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thanks, Carol! Another quick question-he may be doing what we will call an "independent work study" (or something, haven't decided on the title if it happens) during the second semester. But, just to cover the bases, he will be enrolling in second semester classes at the CC as a DE student. We just don't know for sure which classes. Do I address this at all? Or should he just put down the classes that he may take? It's complicated, and very up in the air until December, as the company needs him to be 18 in order to offer him a contract. It's so very nebulous, and doesn't fit into the boxes well...
    And hopefully, I can convince him to actually GO to college, as he's really focused on this opportunity at the moment....

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    Quote Originally Posted by groovymom2000 View Post
    Thanks, Carol! Another quick question-he may be doing what we will call an "independent work study" (or something, haven't decided on the title if it happens) during the second semester. But, just to cover the bases, he will be enrolling in second semester classes at the CC as a DE student. We just don't know for sure which classes. Do I address this at all? Or should he just put down the classes that he may take? It's complicated, and very up in the air until December, as the company needs him to be 18 in order to offer him a contract. It's so very nebulous, and doesn't fit into the boxes well...
    And hopefully, I can convince him to actually GO to college, as he's really focused on this opportunity at the moment....
    Hmmm. Not sure what to advise. My son was currently interning (that's what we called it) doing back-end programming for a small wifi provider at that point, so I certainly addressed it. However, if you're certain that he'll start working there in December, I think I'd list it. Maybe you can state that he has the offer, what he'd be doing, and that he needs to wait until he's 18 to start?

    Has he already been accepted to dual enroll? If so, you could state that he starts in the spring semester, and leave it at that.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    He's currently dual enrolled, and has been for a year now. Because of the potential length of the contract (5 months), the company can not call it an internship (according to them). So, if it works out, he will be a contract employee-for a company that he has been doing work with online (unpaid) for years now. BUT-while he technically meets our state's requirements for graduation, I do not want to officially graduate him in December, as it will be detrimental for his scholarship and enrollment choices. He will go ahead and register for spring semester classes next month, as we won't know the details about the job until December. If he gets the position (and the details are satisfactory to us-namely $$), then he will drop those spring classes. They (he and the employer) would evaluate his performance and details in April, so that if he chooses to go on to college in the fall, he has enough time to accept whatever offers he gets. The job would be an AMAZING opportunity for him, but ideally I'd like to see him do the job for 5 months, then go to college-perhaps going back out there in the summer to participate in their traditional internship program.
    But...how to word that well. I'm just not sure...

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