We need everyone to send a quick email to College Board to help our younger students!Continue reading “Call to Action: Send an Email to College Board”
UPDATE: since publishing this post, Spartanburg Community College added the line “living in SC” to their eligibility requirements. My screenshot from Wayback Machine confirms that it wasn’t part of the original offer. So sorry guys, this is a bummer.
So, it looks like only our SC families can take advantage, and I hope they do, but congrats to those who got in before of the “change.”
Spartanburg Community College (South Carolina)
has opened their catalog to students living anywhere in the country for South Carolina dual enrollment AND they are waiving tuition. Yes, really. $0 Dual enrollment this year- what are you waiting for??? Courses are taken online from anywhere.
The button above will take you to the Dual Enrollment Handbook (59 pages) full of everything you need to know, but this is a quick overview to help you decide if this will work for your teen. My prediction is that these classes will be full immediately, so there is no time to waste if you want your teen to register!
SPARTANBURG COMMUNITY COLLEGE OVERVIEW
Spartanburg Community College (SCC), established in 1963, is one of 16 colleges in the South Carolina Technical College System. Its service area is comprised of Spartanburg, Cherokee, and Union Counties located in upstate South Carolina. SCC offers 70 certificate, diploma, and degree programs in the following areas: university transfer, health sciences, and technologies.
Spartanburg is regionally accredited, so the credits earned here should transfer well into any other accredited college or university that accepts transfer credit.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PROGRAM
- The college *always offers dual enrollment, but normally charges tuition. This free tuition program is only for 2021-2022 school year (3 semesters: fall 2021, spring 2022, summer 2022)
- They offer several high school programs that all fall under their umbrella term they call Early College.
- The online courses open to homeschoolers are in their program called Dual Enrollment (still under the Early College umbrella term).
- When you register your teen, it creates a permanent record / GPA / college transcript that will follow them forward and will require future disclosure of their attendance and grade earned.
- Your teen has access to the entire college catalog as long as they meet prerequisites (if applicable). Example: You can’t take Biology 2 without having taken Biology 1.
- You have to fill out an application.
- Instructors are not expected to alter standard course content or discussion topics to accommodate a younger audience. Students should be prepared to read, hear, or see course content that includes mature and sometimes provocative, controversial academic topics and be able to respond in a mature way to such subject matter.
- You have to pay for textbooks (if applicable).
- SOME of these classes are LIVE ONLINE which means that you have to log in at a specific time- be sure to check!!
- Synchronous = live or in real time, Asynchronous = learn anytime
- Age 16 and having completed 10th grade. (Younger students may appeal using the form in the back of linked booklet above- appendix D)
- 3.0 Grade Point Average (from your homeschool transcript)
- SAT / ACT scores may be used in place of 3.0 GPA if necessary
- LIVING IN SOUTH CAROLINA (this was just added per SPCC)
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
- You don’t have to get a certificate/diploma/degree from this college.
- These courses should transfer well to other colleges outside of South Carolina
- If your teen takes a college class, you can award them 1 high school credit
- If your teen pursues a bachelor’s degree at a South Carolina university, use this link to confirm transfer South Carolina Transfer and Articulation Center (SC TRAC): https://www.sctrac.org.
Their full catalog is searchable, so be sure to filter for ONLINE when looking for a class. Note that it is possible to earn an entire associate degree online through this college, so if your teen already has a lot of college credit, you may want to consider “finishing” their degree at Spartanburg! They allow you to transfer in up to 75% of the credits toward a degree. Transfer page
Their transfer page says they accept CLEP, AP, and ACE credit. It is unclear if they accept Sophia, Straighterline, Studycom, etc. If any parent here has their teen’s ACE credit evaluated by Spartanburg, PLEASE let me know. -Jennifer
Step 1: Use this link
Step 2: open “Advanced Search” from the top bar
Step 3: Select “Fall Term 2021” as desired term
Step 4: Select “SCC Online” as desired location
**At this point a new screen opens with all online courses**
Step 5: Select “Open Sections Only” from the Availability option on the left
**At this point the number of open courses will appear as a number next to the SCC Locations button. In this screenshot you’ll see that there are (were) 86 available classes to choose from.
Step 6: You can now either browse the entire remaining list of classes, or filter further by subject on the left. In the sample above, you’ll see a number next to the subjects. That number indicates how many courses are open in that subject. American Government (1) indicates 1 course available.
NOTE: Where it states “ENG-032 and RDG-032” they are indicating a placement level, not a class. In short, your teen needs to be eligible for college level English and Reading. Check with advising about how to prove eligibility.
Step 7: The catalog should be in real time (or very close to it) so be sure to have your teen’s application in the works asap! I expect the availability to be different every day until the semester begins. Popular classes sometimes have extra sessions added, so you can continue to check back.
Jennifer’s Pick for Resourceful Planning
The following are my “top picks” because I like to make the most out of every ounce of learning. If I take a class, I like to see if there are any CLEPs that are “similar but different” to bundle with it. In addition, if I take a CLEP, that might meet prerequisites for other classes. I’ve picked a few classes that will bundle well (without duplicating) CLEP exams – and suggestions for classes you could try if you’ve already taken a CLEP in that subject.
- PSY-103 Human Relations (3 credits) This course is a study of human relations, including the dynamics of behavior, interrelationships, and personality as applied in everyday life.
- (I would study for and take the CLEP Sociology after this course)
- PSY-212 Abnormal Psychology (3 Credits) This course is a study of the nature and development of behavioral disorders, including the investigation of contemporary treatment procedures.
- (I like this course if you’ve already done CLEP General Psychology exam and want more psychology credit)
- PHS-101 Physical Science I (4 Credits) Topics are selected from astronomy, chemistry, geology, and physics.
- (This course has some math/language arts pre requisites, so not everyone will qualify, but if you’ve already taken either high school or college biology, I would study for the CLEP Natural Sciences exam after this course)
- MUS-105 Music Appreciation (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the study of music with focus on the elements of music and appropriate listening experiences. ART-101 Art History and Appreciation (3 Credits) This is an introductory course to the history and appreciation of art, including the elements and principles of the visual arts.
- If you take both Music Appreciation and Art Appreciation, it’s low hanging fruit to attempt the CLEP Humanities exam too.
- BONUS suggestion: PHI-105 Introduction to Logic (3 Credits) This course is an introduction to the structure of argument, including symbolization, proofs, formal fallacies, deductions, and inductions. This course doesn’t tie into another CLEP exam, but it’s SUPER HARD TO FIND and one that many parents ask for!
We have great news. If your teen’s CLEP registration expired for any reason, CLEP is giving everyone an opportunity to take their exams at home.Continue reading “HELP: My CLEP registration expired”
This is the post I’ve been dying to write! Since COVID-19, the #1 most asked question is “will we ever get to take a CLEP at home?” College Board just made history and is allowing you to take your CLEP exam at home!!!Continue reading “Breaking News: CLEP at Home!”
Earlier in March, I posted about the DSST exams that are currently “expired” and promised an update as soon as the exams were reevaluated. ACE has extended the exams, but for 10 months, not several years. What does that mean? I’ll tell you what I think it means, but it’s “interesting” to say the least.Continue reading “UPDATE: DSST Review, Renew, or Discontinue?”
THIS SUMMER Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows eligible high school juniors and seniors to take 2 free online courses. These are for college credit and should transfer into your target college in the future. You can take a max of 21 credits before you graduate high school! ANY STATE except California. Details below.Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Get 2 free dual enrollment courses this summer!”
There are 9 DSST exams that are currently “expired” and I’m waiting patiently to learn the fate of these exams…. but so far, no word from DSST. Here’s what we do know.Continue reading “DSST Review, Renew, or Discontinue?”
Special thanks to HS4CC parent Rob B for this lead! Husson University in Maine (yes, regionally accredited) allows high school students to take 2 free online courses per semester. ANY STATE except California. Details below.Continue reading “BREAKING NEWS: Get 2 free dual enrollment courses (classes start Monday)!”
Thanks to our HS4CC Florida moderator Frances for sharing this deal with our group!! Barron’s Advanced Placement prep books are free on Kindle right now. Frances confirmed that she was able to get all 9 books today. (Yes, you can use AP books & practice tests to help you prepare for CLEP!) You can read a Kindle on any device. Links below.
AP Psychology Premium: with 6 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Chemistry with 3 Online Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP World History: Modern Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s AP) Kindle Edition
AP Computer Science A: with 6 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Statistics Premium: with 9 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP Biology Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP English Language and Composition Premium: with 8 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP United States History with Online Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Kindle Edition
AP European History Premium: with 5 Practice Tests (Barron’s Test Prep) Tenth Edition, Kindle Edition
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.
I continue to follow the updates and changes rolled out by ACE this year. This post outlines what I know so far, and what you’ll need to do if you have ACE credit.Continue reading “ACE Update”
HS4CC operates Facebook groups for each of our 50 states, but we also have specialty groups that serve special segments of our community working around a common goal of earning college credit in a unique way. Our specialty HS4CC groups serve military families, degree planners, NCAA student athletes, and now we have a new group serving a new community- Arizona State University Earned Admission students!Continue reading “We have a new HS4CC Facebook Group!”
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I’m starting an EXCITING new book club and guess what we’re reading? Homeschooling for College Credit, of course! I’m looking for 12 enthusiastic homeschooling parents who have NEVER READ Homeschooling for College Credit but would like to. Here’s the best part, for this club, I’m actually sending you the paperback for FREE! Free book and an author-led live book club, it’s going to be great!Continue reading “HS4CC Virtual Book Club”
I know many of you are patiently waiting for a CLEP or DSST testing center to reopen, and we have great news!! We have a lead on 40 potential CLEP and DSST testing centers, but there is a catch…. Continue reading “Open Testing Centers”
For states that require homeschoolers to take end-of-the-year standardized tests, many are left wondering if this is still required since public school students are exempt from testing?
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