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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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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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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 […]

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Breaking News: Free Dual Enrollment program for your teen- sign up now.

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

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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.

FIND COURSES

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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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)
  3. 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)
  4. 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!

https://www.sccsc.edu

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$2000 Bachelor’s Degrees in North Carolina

“My son is taking all his classes for 12th grade at the community college, he will be graduating in May with both his high school diploma from our homeschool and associates degree from our local community college” 

-Jayne L., North Carolina homeschooling parent.

Updated for 2021

The topic of today’s post is targeted toward our North Carolina families, but the takeaway isn’t that you should relocate to North Carolina, it’s that in almost every state there are some strategies you can build around the resources you have available to you.  I know many non-NC adults who “hacked” their education and earned AA or BA degrees for pennies on the dollar (I’m on that list!)  For the motivated, there are a lot of ways to save money, but this post is my deconstruction and then reconstruction of the resources in NC, assembled in a way that maxes out the benefits available to parents. Continue reading “$2000 Bachelor’s Degrees in North Carolina”

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$2000 Bachelor’s Degrees in North Carolina

“My son is taking all his classes for 12th grade at the community college, he will be graduating in May with both his high school diploma from our homeschool and associates degree from our local community college” 

-Jayne L., North Carolina homeschooling parent.

Updated for 2019

The topic of today’s post is targeted toward our North Carolina families, but the takeaway isn’t that you should relocate to North Carolina, it’s that in almost every state there are some strategies you can build around the resources you have available to you.  I know many non-NC adults who “hacked” their education and earned AA or BA degrees for pennies on the dollar (I’m on that list!)  For the motivated, there are a lot of ways to save money, but this post is my deconstruction and then reconstruction of the resources in NC, assembled in a way that maxes out the benefits available to parents. Continue reading “$2000 Bachelor’s Degrees in North Carolina”