I received an email this weekend from a frustrated parent. Like most of us, her high school teen hasn’t picked an occupation or major yet, and they haven’t even started narrowing down colleges. This is an important answer for everyone with 0 college credits!!Continue reading “Parent Email: I’m frustrated by all the types of college credits! CLEP? ASU? Straighterline?”
Author: Jennifer Cook-DeRosa, M.S.
Jaela’s HS4CC Graduation Story MN
Thank you to Minnesota HS4CC parent Jean D. for allowing us to celebrate with her family! Her daughter Jaela hit the trifecta: earning her homeschool diploma, associate degree, and bachelor’s degree all without debt and during high school!Continue reading “Jaela’s HS4CC Graduation Story MN”
Every month we take time to encourage each other and celebrate our teen’s hard work. In most months we’ll hear about a class or exam a teen completed, but May is ESPECIALLY exciting because we often hear from teens who completed their high school DIPLOMA! In addition, we even have a few who finished entire DEGREES! If you’re celebrating a big accomplishment this month, share below so we can celebrate with you!
Big Celebrations – Encouragement
Sean’s Story: CLEP was a Game-changer
I am thrilled to share with you this homeschooling success story of how Sara used CLEP in her homeschool with her son Sean during 11th (and now 12th) grade. She posted her celebration inside our Illinois HS4CC Facebook group and gave me permission to share it with you here. I know you’ll find it as…
Biology, Algebra, and Calculus CLEP Story from North Carolina
We have had several testing experiences. My students have CLEP tested for Biology, Algebra and Calculus. We have also had an unsuccessful CLEP. I’m happy to share what we have learned.
HS4CC Teen Earns Bachelor’s at Age 14
That’s not a typo! I’m thrilled to share this extraordinary story of Cyndi R.’s daughter and her amazing success in our Arizona State University Universal Learner program. Cyndi’s daughter completed her bachelor’s degree this month, and in this post, she shares how they did it.
Lisa’s Story: Son with Autism
I received this message from Lisa F. through our Facebook page… I just wanted to share my Homeschooling for College Credit stories with two different children. My older son is 21 and a junior in college. He was diagnosed with high-functioning autism finally at age 18. This diagnosis afforded him accommodations as a college student,…
Monthly Live Q&A with Jennifer
The next Live HS4CC Q&A with Jennifer will be on June 9th from 2:30 pm-3:30pm EST. Get answers to your questions about homeschooling, high school, college credit, CLEP, dual enrollment, planning, scheduling, and more! This is an “ask anything” event and is always well-attended. The event is free but since space is limited we require registration. This event is not recorded.
You are invited to Live HS4CC Q&A with Jennifer.
When: June 9, 2023 02:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Homeschool Scholarship from Studycom
Studycom has a homeschool scholarship (plus a few others shared below) worth $1,000 each. Noteworthy is also the “undergraduate” award for those pursuing an associates or bachelor’s degree – if you’re using Study, be sure to apply for everything you’re eligible for!Continue reading “Homeschool Scholarship from Studycom”
Will it Transfer?
“Which college classes should my high school student should take?” and “How can I make sure they will transfer later?” are the two top questions I answer in emails or our many Facebook groups. College credit in high school is rarely guaranteed to transfer, but if you use the same filters I use when picking classes, I can get you really, really, really close to a perfect and seamless transfer experience.Continue reading “Will it Transfer?”
What is Homeschooling for College Credit?
Homeschooling for College Credit (HS4CC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and advancing access to postsecondary education for homeschooling families through resourceful high school planning.
Homeschooling for College Credit is led by a team of 55 volunteers who selflessly serve our mission.
Jennifer Cook-DeRosa founded the organization in 2012 and serves as the organization’s Executive Director (also a volunteer position).
The majority of our resources and support are provided to the public without registration, membership, application, or payment. Most of the free resources you enjoy require a cost on our end. As a result, some of our resources carry a cost. 100% of the funds we charge for a class, workshop, guide, printable, download, etc. are used to fund the organization.
We thank you for your continued support!
Buh-bye Remedial Algebra
Remedial education is a controversial topic, but since remedial math doesn’t come into play until after high school, it’s a topic we don’t often discuss. Special thank you to HS4CC Illinois moderator Amy B. for catching this fantastic story about how New York took the time to ask whether or not remedial algebra was a good idea. The answer is shocking.Continue reading “Buh-bye Remedial Algebra”
New Sophia: Microbiology w/Lab
Sophia just launched Microbiology with (or without) Lab and we have the syllabus and topical outline for both in the post below.Continue reading “New Sophia: Microbiology w/Lab”
Sharing from my Inbox
Sharing from my inbox. We have a handful of families who have told me they love this program. I am happy to report that they have given HS4CC a coupon for 20% off, so if you’re planning to take a class, be sure to get your discount. CODE: HS4CC
“The July semester is getting ready to start. These online statistics and data science courses are ones you’ll need for your degree.
Get started with one of these courses:
- Introductory Statistics for College Credit
- Forecasting Analytics
- Interactive Data Visualization (using Tableau)
- SQL – Introduction to Database Queries
Here’s the calendar link where you can register:
You do not need to be enrolled in a program to register for the courses.”
Homeschooling for College Credit has a page dedicated to Statistics.com and how to use them in your homeschool. Visit HS4CC Statistics Page
“Testing in” vs “Testing out”
One saves you time and money, the other saves neither. Can you tell the difference?Continue reading ““Testing in” vs “Testing out””
Customized Degree for the Win!
Special thank you to Whitney in North Carolina for sharing her daughter’s HS4CC story! She finished 2 years of college in high school using dual enrollment and is off to the University of Alabama with a full ride scholarship! This mom actually slowed her daughter down a bit. You’re going to love this story!Continue reading “Customized Degree for the Win!”
You Have to Think Differently
In 2023, nearly 50% of all students who start college won’t EVER finish a degree, that’s terrible odds. While there aren’t any guarantees, there are 3 things you can do right now to improve your teen’s chances.Continue reading “You Have to Think Differently”
HS4CC Transcript Course
The HS4CC Transcript Course thoroughly addresses each crucial element involved in crafting a polished high school transcript, which can be confidently submitted to any college. This course goes beyond simply providing guidance on how to “fill in the blanks”; it offers a comprehensive insight into the reasoning behind the significance of each component.Continue reading “HS4CC Transcript Course”
Parent Question: Should we start with core courses or electives for our first college credits?
This is a great question for anyone planning their teen’s first credits this coming year. You’ll get advice making arguments on both sides, but my advice is to ask a different question. Rather than asking about where it will fit on a high school plan, my question to you is which subject can we choose for your daughter that gives her a one-hundred-percent chance of success? THAT is the class we want to choose first.Continue reading “Parent Question: Should we start with core courses or electives for our first college credits?”
Performing Arts Like a Rockstar
Does a student pursuing performing arts need a college degree? And if so, how can you get the best return on your investment? College degrees are very expensive, and a performing arts degrees can cost even more when students attend specialty colleges- I wondered if it was worth it. As you may know, asking someone whether it’s “worth it” is a loaded question.Continue reading “Performing Arts Like a Rockstar”
NEW Source of Music Education Credit
I stumbled on this program last week and want to share them with you! Music courses for college credit can be hard to find, and these are taught by Grammy Award winners James Fauntleroy and Larrance Dopson. The program is mainly in person, but they offer 6 online courses, all ACE evaluated for 1 college credit each: Music Production, Songwriting, Music Business, Artist Branding, Mixing, and Engineering.Continue reading “NEW Source of Music Education Credit”
High School Credit in Makeup & Hair
If your teen is considering cosmetology school, or just has a passion for beauty, I’ve created this 1 credit high school course for your homeschool using 2 great resources, one of them free. This is a good online learning option for your homeschool curriculum that work for high school credit.Continue reading “High School Credit in Makeup & Hair”
Advising 101: What You Need to know about “Challenge Exams”
Welcome to Advising 101. In this series, I’m highlighting a key concept that will help YOU become your teen’s best high school guidance counselor. Institutional challenge exams may seem like a good alternative to AP, CLEP, or DSST, but there are a few things you need to know.Continue reading “Advising 101: What You Need to know about “Challenge Exams””
From The Industry: Enrollment Panic /Tuition Discounts (Again)
The brief highlights from a report published in Inside Higher Education post earlier this week, and what it means for Homeschooling for College Credit Parents.Continue reading “From The Industry: Enrollment Panic /Tuition Discounts (Again)”
I Spy a HS4CC Honor Cord!
Thank you to a HS4CC parent Melissa for this Facebook tag! 58 college credits for $2699 is a shining example of resourceful high school planning and example of how to cut the cost of a bachelor’s degree in half before you set foot on campus. I love stories like this, congratulations to this family. This young man is off to a strong head start. (Love the HS4CC honor cord!)
“Thank you, Jennifer Cook DeRosa & all of the knowledgeable parents in your groups for getting us here! He’ll be attending Old Dominion University in the fall & hopefully med school in a couple of years!”
Next Week: Sophia Science Webinar
Iposted last month about Sophia’s new partnership with Labster and their transition to Augmented Reality science labs. If you’re like me an have questions about how this tech works (does it work?) for students learning lab science virtually, they are hosting a webinar to address this very topic! Details below.Continue reading “Next Week: Sophia Science Webinar”
Parent Question: Do we have to report all DE grades?
“Now that grades are coming in, I’m worried about the C my son earned in Precalculus. Can a parent chose not to report it on the high school transcript? How does the school he/she is applying to know?”Continue reading “Parent Question: Do we have to report all DE grades?”
New Episode! College on the Cheap Featuring Walmart Program
College on the Cheap, hosted by Jennifer Cook-DeRosa and Shelley Cloutier (Homeschooling for College Credit leadership) are masters at finding ways to cash-flow expensive college degrees for pennies. Every degree at every college can be made cheaper when you use creativity. In this new episode, we’ll teach you a creative way your teen can earn their associates or bachelor’s degrees (for free) while working part time at Walmart- seriously. You’ve got to hear this!
Graduation: Michelle Obama
As some of your homeschooled teens approach high school graduation, I thought they might enjoy a commencement speech to remember. First Lady Michelle Obama’s powerful commencement address to 2015 graduates of Tuskegee University in Tuskegee, Alabama. Tuskegee University is a HBCU founded in 1881 with deep historical significance, and her speech is especially inspirational for young women. Look for many in the coming weeks.Continue reading “Graduation: Michelle Obama”