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This high school stuff is going to drive me crazy!

She wants to return to our local public high school next fall as a senior, so I have to make sure all our ducks are properly aligned to make sure that happens with as few credit hiccups as possible.

MATH:

This year, she's taking a full year of Trig, but she'll finish by Christmas. It sounds impressive, but it's not that hard if you do 2 lessons/day. 1 credit. We're skipping Pre-Calc entirely because it's basically Alg 2 + Trig.

She wants to take both years of AP Calc, but if we wait until next fall to start, she'll only have time to take one year.

So we'll start AP Calc A/B in January of this year and finish up in time for the test in May. Then we'll start AP Calc B/C and finish it up through the summer. Since the test is only given in May, we'll end up needing to review for a few weeks before the test, but the hard work will be done.

Basically, 3 full year math credits completed from Fall 2013 through Summer 2014. And this is HER plan, not mine. It also means that she won't need to take any math courses at all her senior year.

SCIENCE:

She's taking Intro to Astronomy at the local college and will be done by Christmas. 1 credit for high school. Plus, it transfers to our state college system, so she'll have 3 college credits in her major/minor when she starts.

We have nothing scheduled for spring. If she takes something, it'll be because it catches her interest, not because it's a box to check off. :)

She wants to take AP Physics as a senior. She'll be done with all the necessary math and with the schedule she's outlined, she's only ever taking one AP course at a time, rather than stacking them.

I talked to the head of guidance at the high school and found that there's no pre-req for taking AP Physics except the math, which we've got.

And I had a conversation with a guidance counselor at Univ of Illinois to ask about what classes would transfer from our local college, as well as whether they preferred college transfer classes or AP classes. They have to make a 4 or 5 on the AP tests to get college credit, but otherwise, they count the same.

Personally, I'd rather take a regular college class than have the whole year hinge on one test, but that's just me.

And just in case anyone's interested, the website TRANSFER.ORG will show you transfer equivalencies by school, which could come in handy.

You know, I write all this stuff down in here so I can get it straight in my head. Thanks for being my sounding board!

SusanTheWriter ~ Wife, Mom, Author

by on Sep. 18, 2013 at 3:19 PM
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debramommyof4
by Silver Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM
My highest level I am teaching is 3rd grade right now. High school is a ways away and I am scared to death because it keeps coming faster and faster.
redhead-bedhead
by Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 10:42 AM

*shudder* I'm glad that we are early elementry and high school is far off.

Though I do have a bunch of plans for high school. When I was a sophomore I was in AP English and it was an entire year of mythology. I would love to do that with my daughters.

SusanTheWriter
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 5:17 PM
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Next semester we're doing Fairytales, Folklore and Mythology for Lit. I can't wait! *gg*

Quoting redhead-bedhead:

*shudder* I'm glad that we are early elementry and high school is far off.

Though I do have a bunch of plans for high school. When I was a sophomore I was in AP English and it was an entire year of mythology. I would love to do that with my daughters.


bether89
by Bronze Member on Sep. 19, 2013 at 11:36 PM

 All the high school math years are making me more and more nervous as my son gets closer and closer to them.  It's a good thing dh is good at math.

SusanTheWriter
by Bronze Member on Sep. 20, 2013 at 7:50 AM
I'm just glad we found a challenging math curriculum for her that doesn't need me to be directly hands-on. She also has access to lots of help when she needs it.
This is also tailored to her needs and interests. There's no AP English or History on this list because that's not her focus. All that writing would stress her out so much she wouldn't concentrate as well for her math and science classes. She'll do fine with the Honors classes in those subjects.
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