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It wasn’t easy getting this kid graduated!

I’m thankful when parents send me their stories, and I’m especially thankful when they are honest and transparent with the CHALLENGES they’ve encountered along the way. It is especially important to acknowledge that earning college credit can be hard work, but finishing a degree (in high school no less) is exceptionally hard! I hope you’ll read this young man’s Homeschooling for College Credit journey. He just graduated! Thanks to his mom Jamie G. for allowing me to share it with you!

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Posted in AP Advanced Placement, celebrate, CLEP, Community college, Credit by Exam, Debt Free Degree, Dual Enrollment, Foreign Language, HS4CC

100 Credits and Counting

I want to introduce you to a rising 12th grader named Mary Margaret. I met her mom before COVID, back when my local public library allowed me to give free college workshops to the homeschool community in person. Since my audience is typically only adults, it’s always a pleasant surprise to meet a teen, but I had no idea…

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June Celebration!

It’s that time of the month and we want to hear your wins!  Did your teen earn college credit this month?  Did they do something cool? Did they graduate?  Share below so we can celebrate with you!

Celebration posts on our Facebook page

LAST JUNE (2020)

“Graduation was Friday 😊and😔 She’s earned 12 more credits through Sofia in the last two weeks” -Amber

“My son passed the Biology and Western Civ 1 CLEP. He also earned 12 credits through Sophia. My other son earned 5 credits of Chemistry through dual enrollment and 6 credits through Sophia.😊” -Shelley

“My son passed History of the Soviet Union DSST, and 6 credits through Sophia.” -Amy

“Daughter passed History of the Soviet Union and was accepted to Excelsior College.” -Nicole

“My 19 year old daughter is headed toward the finish line for her bachelors at TESU. She only has to do the info Lit course, the Capstone, and one UExcel (we had to wait for the test center to open). She’s been taking CLEP tests since she was 12 (not focusing exclusively on earning credit) so this is an exciting milestone for her. In June she did 3 Sophia courses to fill in her last electives. Both of my 14 year old boys – one homeschooled, one private schooled- have been diligently working through Sophia (they’re only required to do one hour per day in summer). One finished Conflict Resolution and one finished Intro to computers.” -Courtney

“Our sweet girl passed the College Math CLEP with the highest score she ever had on a CLEP exam. She dislikes math & and with dual enrollment would have had to take a math class this fall to continue. She was so happy and relieved. Praise the Lord! 🙂” -Heike

“My senior finished dual enrollment Spanish for high school on Friday, and started “regular” college on Monday… as a sophomore.👩🏼‍🎓” -Denise

“I finished 6 credits through Sophia this past month and started another 9!!” -Kaitlyn

“My 13 year old earned 7 credits through Sophia and is almost finished with his first actual college course through ASU, astronomy, which is 4cr. He will start 8th grade with potential 19-26 college credits (I am guessing he will end up somewhere that doesn’t accept Sophia, but it was a great learning experience and prep for future classes)!I have earned 40 credits through Sophia this summer so far and am only waiting on my second to last grade to come in for Eng Comp 2, then a revision then my lower level credits are finished (minus one intro class taken through the college that I am waiting on)! I am also working on two UL classes right now. Hoping to get my BS finally in my 40-41st year!” -Kali

“Biology CLEP & a Sophia Class passed. Yay for 7 more credits!” -Deana

“My 13 years old will take his first proctored exam with Studycom, Math 101” -Isabelle

“16-year-old: Passed the Intro to Psychology CLEP and is halfway through Government through DE.14-year-old: Passed the Government CLEP is is halfway through DE Comp I. He completed the Sophia and Modern States History classes and is preparing to CLEP US History I. (We used Sophia to prepare for CLEP since it is questionable whether his target school will accept Sophia.)DH passed his CCNA exam. It’s a monster of an exam and is great for his career.” -Mandi

“My 13yo finished Oral Communications from Sophia, Pre-calc from ASU and passed her College Comp CLEP test. 12 credits this month bringing her total to 42 credit hours” -Lindsay

“My 16 year old finished her (thank goodness she took it at home) ASU Sociology class with an A. One less annoying general ed class out of the way! She has 19 hours now!” -Ann

“My 16yr old has finished 62 college credits from Sophia since March, and is on track to finish all 80 by the end of July.” -Amber

“My 16 year old finished up another semester and is now a senior at university with 93 credits complete. He is taking 6 more credits this summer. My 14 year old finished another Sophia class in June, bringing his total up to 15 credits through Sophia. He just made a 95 on his Human Origins midterm through ASU.” -Rachel

“My 14 year-old son passed College Composition last week. He has a total of 3 CLEP tests thus far. One more CLEP has been scheduled at the end of July (Analyzing and Interpreting Literature.) Please advice on what best to prepare for this CLEP test. We have used Modern State, REA and DVD from The Great courses.” -Mimi

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Bachelor’s Degree at 18: Hannah’s Graduation Story

As the school year comes to an end, our normal monthly celebrations are not only including college credit celebrations, but GRADUATION stories too! Hannah Joy from Florida sent me her Homeschooling for College Credit graduation story, and while she gave me permission to cut and trim, I decided that each and every word she wrote was worth sharing. TEASER: Her degree from Liberty University came in under $8,000. She is an extraordinary young woman who took charge of her education in an extraordinary way. I hope you’ll take the time to read her story, celebrate with her, and find encouragement from her words. Bonus- she’s even taken the time to track EVERY CREDIT and every DOLLAR she spent for those who would like to develop a similar plan. Dig in!

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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 inspirational as I did!

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From High School Senior to College Senior in 2 Weeks

Resourceful high school planning…. what is that exactly? It’s being deliberate about how you choose your teen’s high school classes so they are doing double duty- counting for high school AND college. Read this inspirational post from HS4CC parent Melissa and how her son’s high school credits took “two birds-one stone” to the next level saving her son over $35,000…and something else. Continue reading “From High School Senior to College Senior in 2 Weeks”

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May is always an ESPECIALLY wonderful month at Homeschooling for College Credit!

In this community, we celebrate every month – we share and encourage and post about small and big wins.  Earning college credit is a big deal!!  But in May,  I get especially fired up because some of your teens are GRADUATING from high school or college!!!  Is that your family??  Is someone graduating?  We want to celebrate with you!  Share your story below – feel free to share a photo celebrating this enormous accomplishment.

My kids aren’t especially fond of me “talking about them” online, but I want to add that two of my sons earned degrees this month!  For one son, this is his second degree.  I am celebrating with each of you as a normal proud mom hugging and loving my kids through the hard work and dedication it takes to finish a credential.  Earning a degree is a lot of work, a lot of time, a lot of planning, and a huge accomplishment that will stay with our kids forever.  Whether a diploma, degree, or second degree – it’s ALL worth celebrating!


-Jennifer & family