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Our secular and inclusive Florida-wide Informal Education support group acts as a resource center and clearinghouse for homeschoolers, informal learners and alternative educators interested in enriching their learning environments and maximizing their learning opportunities, as well as an advocacy center for Curiosity Driven Learning.

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Thursday, September 6, 2007

College Resources from our Home Learning Network College Night

Archiving the essentials from our September HLN College Night:

*Important websites:
www.FACTS.org – Get to dual enrollment info through the “Advising Manuals” link on the left
http://www.floridastudentfinancialaid.org - for Bright Futures and other scholarships
http://www.fafsa.ed.gov – Federal financial aid – register regardless of whether or not you think your children will qualify, and don’t forget to check out the new Academic Competitiveness Grant, open to all who are eligible for Pell Grants (which you should also request)
https://www.commonapp.org – Common Application, one application for 300 colleges using a “holistic” admissions process
http://www.fastweb.com – stay up to date on scholarships, grants, competitions and other financial awards (just don’t click on any of the magazine subscriptions!)
www.CollegeBoard.com – lots of resources in addition to testing info & registration
www.flvs.net – completely explore the Student Café and other links for parents and students to find everything from extracurricular clubs to college advising – See also http://www.flvs.net/college-hub/index.php for dates for special programs that will include representatives of state colleges and universities
http://bsi.fsu.edu/schoolimprove/studentprogression/highschgradreq.htm - Bureau of School Improvement – has student progression plans used for public ed

*Disabilities resources:
http://www.collegeboard.com/ssd/student/index.html
http://card-usf.fmhi.usf.edu/
http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/transition.html
http://www.advocacyinstitute.org/projects/postsec_realistic_option.shtml

Keep track of college & university regulations/changes:
http://www.flbog.org/BOG_regs

Homeschool & college email lists:
http://www.homeschool-teachers.com/College-Planning-Beyond.aspx AmericanSchool_Homeschool (American School and Homeschooling) - This group is for parents of any age children thinking about the high school years. You might be thinking of having them attend a correspondence school like "American School of Correspondence" and/or continuing to homeschool. To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AmericanSchool_Homeschool/ .

Highschool Home-Ed - is for discussion of high school homeschooling. To Subscribe, send email to Listserv@listserv.aol.com with the following command in the body of the message: subscribe highschool-home-ed Your Name.

homeschool2college (Homeschool to College) - The SAT code for all homeschoolers is 970000, even though it will appear as New York. The ACT code is 969-999. For the PLAN (pre-ACT), the code is 979-999. The PSAT code varies by state; see the file in our Files section. If you are looking for texts and/or supplies, check out the vendors in our Links section and the "items for sale" database in the Database section. We also have links to many sources of free information. If you are looking for something in particular, you might want to check out the links, files, and database section before posting a question. To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool2college/ .

homeschool-upper-grades - Are you homeschooling the upper grades?? feel like you are the only one? share your concerns, ideas, curriculum choices, web-sites, and info to help one another homeschool right through middle and high school. please keep posts to middle and high school topics only. To subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/homeschool-upper-grades/ .

hs2coll ( Homeschooling toward college ) - A group for parents of teenaged homeschoolers who are aiming toward college. We discuss preparing to apply for college; what colleges might want; what courses, materials and curricula work for us and our kids; filling out college applications; how our older kids who are already in college are faring; particular colleges; SATs, SAT IIs, ACTs and AP tests; and other topics related to homeschooling teenagers.To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Hs2Coll/ .

hshs (Home Schooling High School) - A discussion list for parents homeschooling high school students, 9th-12th grade. Parents of 8th graders are welcome so they can start planning for high school. Only topics related to home schooling high school are allowed on this list. Please do not post virus warnings, advertisements, or pleas for charity. These are not appropriate for this list. For more information, visit http://www.geocities.com/cherokeegs/hshs/. To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/hshs/ .

HSOK (HOMESCHOOLING OLDER KIDS (HS-OK)) - Welcome! Homeschooling Older Kids is a part of Eclectic Home Educators that is dedicated to homeschooling children ages 11 and up. We're inviting all homeschooling parents to join up with HSOK-Homeschooling Older Kids. For more information, visit http://ehe.4t.com/main.html To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/HSOK/ .

NARHS_Families (High School Diploma Program) - Support for families using NARHS (North Atlantic Regional High School). Note: This group is not affiliated with NARHS. We are solely a group of parents whose children are currently enrolled/interested in NARHS. To Subscribe, visit http://groups.yahoo.com/group/narhs_families

Plus:

Creating Carnegie Credits
From Bright Kids at Home – where you can also download transcript forms (http://www.brightkidsathome.com/upperschool.html#transcripts )

See also Teascript transcipt builder: http://teascript.com/

TranscriptsTranscripts may be required for college entrance or for re-entry back into the public or private school system. There is no right way or wrong to generate a transcript record, though a good rule of thumb is that transcript counts the number of hours spent or "seat time" on a subject. The idea of "seat time comes to us courtesy of the public schools and can be useful to college administrators if you are keeping transcripts in a way that is familiar and can be used to compare "apples to apples" at college admission time. One standard is the Carnegie Credit granting system which lists 120 to 150 hours of seat time on a subject. Realistically though, if you are the administrator keeping track, it really doesn't matter how many hours, as long as the subject has been mastered and you are honest and consistent in awarding credit hours.

Elements of a TranscriptTranscripts basically contain the date it was generated, the student's social security number, the name and address of the school, a tally of credit hours and descriptions of completed or in-progress courses, the student's GPA (grade point average). You calculate the credit hours based on the number of hours spent on a subject. A common measure for a credit hour is 120 hours on a topic. For example if your student reads Modern Literature for 1 hour 3 times a week (1 x 3 = 3 hours a week) and your school year is 40 weeks (3 x 40=120 total hours), you can grant your student 1 credit hour in English Literature, for the year. You calculate GPA using your credit hour numbers. Typically, if you assigned a grade of "A" to a course that is 1 credit hour, that course earns 4 grade points. If you have 2 credit hour course where you assigned a grade of "A", the student earns 8 grade points. You do this for each course completed. Once you have assigned grade points to all courses, you total those points and divide by the number of courses to get the average or GPA. Remember to describe how you arrived at your numbers and also includea description of the course. Attach these descriptions as the last page of the transcript. A description for English Literature might look something like this:

English Literature: A study of modern literature by reading selected literature, analyzing and writing summaries for the following books: "Bridge to Terabitha" by Katherine Patterson, "The Miracle Worker" by William Gibson, "A Wrinkle in Time" by Madeline Le Engle, "Around the World in 80 Days" by Jules Verne, "Park’s Quest" by Katherine Patterson, "Number the Stars" by Lois Lowry, "The Chosen" by Chaim Potok, "The Diary of Anne Franke" and the "Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin". ---

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