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Posted in ASU UL, HS4CC

HS4CC & Arizona State University Partnership

Our new ASU partnership allows HS4CC parents access to a variety of college courses without the red tape, transcript submissions, age restrictions, lengthy admissions processes, and regulations typically found at local colleges and universities. We receive no compensation from ASU for this program, but we DO receive access to special courses and programs that you can’t get if you use their regular portal.

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Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Coming Up: Transcript Intensive

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class. This course is for homeschooling parents who are their teen’s official school administrator of record and need to create a transcript.

No prior knowledge is necessary.

Hour 1: What makes a transcript with college credit different than a regular homeschool transcript? We’ll deep dive into general homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, and graduation documents. Important distinctions about college credit will be covered.

Hour 2: We’ll walk through the proper documentation and recording of remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type of credit your teen may earn!

We’ll wrap up with plenty of time for your questions and answers about titles, course descriptions, what constitutes a high school credit, and how to present your teen’s accomplishments like a pro.

Each participant will receive a copy of the recorded event, printable handout, and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback. This event costs $40 and space is limited.

UPDATE: The July 27 course is full. Please choose August 30, 2021.

Tuesday July 27, 2021

3:00pm EST-5:00pm EST (Q&A to follow)



Monday August 30, 2021

3:00pm EST – 5:00pm EST (Q&A to follow)


We have many Live Events each month covering many topics and subjects. Some events are free, others carry a fee, but all will help you Homeschool for College Credit!

See Live Events Schedule

Posted in College Admission, HS4CC, SAT

SAT Essay is Gone

College Board Ends the SAT Essay

In January 2021, the College Board announced that, after the June 2021 test date, they would no longer be offering the SAT Essay. The essay was previously an optional part of the SAT, and many students already chose not to take it. However, taking the SAT Essay will now no longer be an option. The only possible way to take the SAT Essay is during an SAT School Day. And even in these cases, your school has to choose to include the essay, and we expect many of them won’t.

Who Should Take the SAT with Essay

You don’t have to take the SAT with Essay, but if you do, you’ll be able to apply to schools that require it. Find out which schools require or recommend the SAT Essay. If you don’t register for the SAT with Essay at first, you can add it later.

SAT fee waivers cover the cost of the SAT with Essay.

SAT: Stressing About Testing

“A class of children sit revising for make-or-break exams to get them into the college of their choice. It’s the sort of scene that could be seen in high schools across the world but for one important difference: The pupils have intravenous drips hanging over their desks. The image is taken from footage that claims to […]

Is She a College Freshman or a Transfer Student?

HELP! Is my teen is applying to college soon, and I’m not sure if she should apply using the freshman application or the transfer student application? Earning college credit in high school can lead you to wonder if your teen is an incoming freshman or a transfer student- good question!   In the first place, you […]

Posted in HS4CC

RUMOR ALERT

There is a rumor that the Modern States CLEP voucher program has ended. I have already spoken to Modern States this morning and am still waiting to hear back from College Board, but so far this has NOT been confirmed. I will post immediately when I have the final answer.

Posted in College Admission, Community college, HS4CC

Accuplacer Exam: Will your teen have to take it?

Accuplacer is the brand name of a very widely used college placement test. Community colleges often use this exam to assess an incoming student’s ability to do “college level” work. It isn’t worth college credit, but it sometimes stands in the way of enrolling in a dual enrollment program.

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Posted in HS4CC

Rethinking College: Jennifer Interviewed by True North Homeschool Academy

Should we rethink college? Maybe! How differently we would look at college if we changed one simple phrase from “college” to “credential!” Lisa Nehring of True North Homeschool Academy interviews Jennifer Cook-DeRosa on this very topic.

**UPDATE** sorry, the previous link didn’t work – this one should! Thank you for your patience!

https://fb.watch/v/70nrrEMAw/

https://www.facebook.com/TrueNorthHomeschoolAcademy/videos/1971934839638304
Posted in College Majors, Common Sense College Planning, Community college, Computer Science, Dual Enrollment

Parent Share: Lisa F

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, including a reduced course load (18 hours per year versus 30) requirement that allowed him to still keep his state and university scholarships. However, the scholarships are still only valid for four years (8 semesters). We didn’t know when he started taking dual enrollment classes back in high school that he would eventually need this accommodation, but it has honestly been the most useful one for him. He earned 34 credit hours in high school taking college classes at the local technical college. So, even though he has not taken over 12 hours any single semester, and only 9 in several semesters, he is still on track to graduate on time. All of his dual enrollment fees and books cost me less than $700. He should graduate college with less than $10k in student loans.

Normally these scholarships wouldn’t be enough to cover two majors, but because he did so much credit in high school, he will finish both degrees in five semesters.

Lisa F.

My younger son is neurotypical but he’s your typical second kid who only works hard if it’s something that interests him, and the one I had to beg and plead and threaten to get to do his schoolwork. He started taking dual enrollment classes in 10th grade and surprise surprise he worked much harder for those college professors than he ever did for me. By the end of 10th grade, he already had earned almost enough high school credits to graduate, so he decided to graduate high school early (this year). This past year he has taken a full college course load plus completed two homeschool classes he still needed for high school graduation. He is already in the computer science program at the local university and will be a “freshman” there this coming fall. He has been asked to work as a Teaching Assistant and tutor in the computer science department this coming year. He graduated high school with 45 credit hours. He has decided to dual major in computer science and mathematics and has the same scholarships as his older brother. Normally these scholarships wouldn’t be enough to cover two majors, but because he did so much credit in high school, he will finish both degrees in five semesters. All of his dual enrollment fees and books cost me no more than $1000. He should graduate college with less than $5000 in student loan debt (and I’m hoping he’ll pay those back as he goes.)


Thank you for sharing Lisa! We love hearing how Homeschooling for College Credit worked for your family. If you have a story to share, you can email it to Jennifer at cookderosa@gmail.com

Happy Posts from April

A small sample of the many posts our members shared in April offering encouragement and inspiration. April showers bring May flowers and apparently LOTS of college credit! If your teen earns even ONE college credit in high school, he’s ahead!! Are you ready?

Homeschooling with CLEP: Game-changer for Sean’s Future

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 […]

Posted in Blue Collar, Common Sense College Planning, Debt Free Degree

Preaching to the Choir

I almost never repost someone else’s article, but the full article appears behind a paywall, and when Mike Rowe wrote an editorial, I simply had to share it here. Some of my thoughts and opinions are at the bottom, but since my head exploded in the process, they didn’t all make it on the page.

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Posted in ASU EA, High School, HS4CC

What’s the difference between ASU’s various course programs?

Since last summer, we’ve been BIG FANS of Arizona State University’s programs and how they’ve reached out to our community. This post will outline the differences between their programs and how do they fit into your Homeschooling for College Credit program.

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Posted in HS4CC

Back to School Planning

New to homeschooling high school? Make the most of your teen’s high school career!

Homeschooling for College Credit teens graduate high school with about 1 year of college under their belts, but motivated teens can finish their degree.  Homeschooling for College Credit brings the goal post closer and teaches you how to pay cash as you go.

Homeschooling for College Credit families are just like you!

Homeschooling for College Credit will challenge you to reconsider the wisdom of popular college propaganda, and how to make better choices for your family. Even if you’ve never been to college, this book will turn you into a well-informed homeschool guidance counselor ready to proceed with confidence.

If you haven’t read Homeschooling for College Credit, be sure to check it out from your local library or on Amazon – you’ll be resourcefully high school planning like a pro.

“Recommended Resource” -Home School Legal Defense Association

Buy it Now

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Posted in HS4CC, Transcripts

Registration Open: Transcript Intensive

Last month’s event sold out, but this one is now open!

Building a great transcript with lots of college credit? Jennifer Cook-DeRosa is teaching a special 2-hour intensive transcript class.

Hour 1: Homeschool record keeping, GPA, weighting grades, graduation documents, and more.

Hour 2: We’ll walk through recording remedial, regular, honors, college dual enrollment, CLEP, Advanced Placement, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, ASU, DSST, continuing education, and every type of credit you’ll encounter!

Bonus hour: In the bonus hour, we’ll dive into case studies of scenarios showing what happened in a homeschool and the best way to present it on a transcript. You’ll leave this workshop ready to write your teen’s transcript with confidence!

Each participant will receive and an opportunity to send Jennifer their transcript for feedback. This event costs $40 and space is limited.

Tuesday July 27, 2021

3:00pm Eastern Standard