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Parent Question: Can my daughter study 4 different languages or just 1?

HS4CC parent from Ohio asks “We are trying to plan her foreign language, and she has 4 languages she is interested in, so I am trying to figure out if there is a reason for her to NOT do one language each year and just have a broad familiarity with four languages rather than concentrate on one language.”

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Posted in Curriculum, GPA, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC, Transcripts, Transfer Credit

Parent Question: Can I leave an “F” off their transcript?

HS4CC parent asks “I have a question about Fs on a transcript. My kids are with a virtual charter and last year, they both struggled so much with online coursework that now we have some grades to recover. I’m wondering if it would be possible to expunge those grades after the credit is recovered...(continues)

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Posted in Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC

Parent question: How can I teach my son to keep up with all the reading in his dual enrollment class?

Do you have any recommendations for a speed-reading class? My dual-enrolled son is struggling to keep up with the reading for one college class. Realizing we’re going to have to improve in this area if he’s going to head to college and take 5-6 classes/semester.

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Posted in Career Planning, Common Sense College Planning, Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Guidance Counselor, HS4CC, Transfer Credit

Playing the Odds

Earning college credit before you’ve picked out a college or are several years away from enrollment feels like a gamble, but most types of college credit can be sorted by risk level, and a when you follow a few basic guidelines you can get very close to navigating with confidence!

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Parent Question: Is there anything you wish you’d done in middle school to prepare them for dual enrollment?

This question came from a parent in our North Carolina group. The replies were wonderful, I’m sharing them in this post and inviting you to add your own.

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Posted in ACE, Big 3, Curriculum, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC, Pro Tip, Self-Paced Learning, Sophia

Pro Tip: Sophia like a Boss

Did you know that if you don’t have a current subscription with Sophia you can still start working on the homework? Did you know you can work at your own pace while still only paying $99 for your class? In the HS4CC inactive account strategy, you’ll learn how to make the most of your enrollment period.

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Posted in Guidance Counselor, High School

This is why you lean IN instead of BACK…

Popular college propaganda wants parents out of the educational process, to get out of the way so the college professionals can manage the process. That’s fine and dandy if colleges were actually good at getting teens out of college. Sure, they only get revenue while our kids are enrolled, so I get that they want to keep them there, but I’ve said 1,000 times that getting our kids IN to college is easy but getting them OUT is exceptionally hard. Today’s example is why you must take your role of guidance counselor seriously and know the rules of the game so you’re not wasting time and money.

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Posted in Guidance Counselor, High School, SAT

CEEB Codes for Homeschoolers

The CEEB (College Entrance Examination Board) Code is a unique identification number assigned to high schools and colleges by the College Board. Homeschool students should use a “homeschool code” if prompted.

SAT Homeschool Code: 970000

SAT Subject test Homeschool Code: 970000

ACT Homeschool Code: 969-999

ACT look up a high school

The PSAT/NMSQT code varies by state. State lookup

Posted in Common Sense College Planning, Guidance Counselor, HS4CC

Undergraduate Credentials: What’s the Difference?

Degree, Diploma, and Certificate Requirements

 # of creditsUsual Time to complete if full-time studentPurposeCourses in Program
Certificate12 to 181-2 semesterTraining for skilled technical jobsIncludes **major course work
Diploma36 to 381 year (2 semesters and summer session)Provide entry-level employment trainingMinimum of 6 credits in *Gen Ed in addition to **major course work
Associate Degree64 to 762 yearsTransfer to a university or enter the workforceMinimum of 15 credits of *Gen ED in addition to **major course work
Bachelor Degree120 4 yearsQualify for graduate school or enter the workforceMinimum of 60 credits of *Gen ED in addition to **major course work
generally accepted standards in the USA at regionally accredited colleges & universities

*Gen Ed (General Education) – courses such as English, Math, Science, Humanities, etc.

**Major Course Work – courses specific to a program such as nursing, computers, welding, automotive, engineering, social science, etc.

Posted in College Admission, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC

Should Your Teen Take Calculus?

In a report released this month, National Association for College Admission Counseling co-authored a report with Just Equations, an organization that uses evidence-based strategies to inform math policies used in high schools and college admissions, asked this question. Should your teen take calculus? Admissions says “yes” but they don’t know why.

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Posted in Curriculum, Dual Enrollment, Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC

What HS4CC Parents Need to Know About K-12 Book Bans

Context for this post is that Inside Higher Education’s feature story today presents the book ban controversy, and shares some reactions from The College Board (PSAT, SAT, AP, CLEP) as well as university professors. There are nuances to this topic that you need to know about so you can make an informed decision.

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Posted in Guidance Counselor, High School, HS4CC, Transcripts

Parent question: Can you start high school courses in middle school? If so, do you include them on your transcript, and under which year?

Yes! You can start any course at any time your teen is ready. It is typical that when a middle school student earns high school credit, that the course is noted on the high school transcript in the 9th grade year. There are a couple of exceptions.

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College Application AFTER HIGH SCHOOL: What is My Entrance Status?

Use the following as your guide:

Freshman/First Year

This will be the first college or university in which you enroll after graduating high school. Check this even if you have advanced placement (AP) credit, CLEP, DSST, dual enrollment, Studycom, Sophia, Straighterline, Saylor, or have earned college credit in high school.

Transfer

If you are graduating high school in the coming year and going directly to college, you are NOT a transfer student even if you have college credit. Transfer students have taken college classes after high school. (Does not apply to AP, CLEP, DSST, Sophia, Studycom, Straighterline, or Saylor classes taken after high school)

Non-Degree

You want to take college course(s) but are not seeking a degree.