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Prepare Your High School Student for College

Before you know it, college will be knocking at your door. As the parent of a high school student, it’s your job to make sure the transition is as easy as possible. Don’t wait until senior year before you start thinking about preparation. Right now you can begin helping your child put their best foot […]

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Mother’s Day thoughts from a mother

By Jean Burk Excerpt From High School Prep Genius A secure home life is a necessary element of ensuring high school success. The home should be a refuge for escape from negative outside influences regardless of whether your child attends public, private, charter, or even homeschool. This starts with the bond between parent and child. […]

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HOMESCHOOLERS AND COLLEGE -PART 4 (Preparing for the SAT)

As a general rule, home educated students far exceed their peers in academic preparation for college. Physics, Calculus, Literature – advanced courses often come early and with more intensity. Unfortunately, excellence in education is not the deciding factor for most college applications. It’s the SAT. Many home educators view this test as a necessary evil, […]

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HOMESCHOOLERS AND COLLEGE-PART 3 (Applying to College)

The college application process can be a lengthy endeavor. Many high school students become anxious over the amount of work required for applying for the colleges of their choices. To make matters more difficult, students are advised to apply to several different colleges to ensure acceptance into at least one of their school choices. This […]

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HOMESCHOOLERS AND COLLEGES PART 2 (Paying for School)

Applying to colleges can sometimes seem like climbing Mount Everest; the process is long, and hard like climbing Mount Everest; the process is long, hard, and there’s always the chance of mortal danger. When you finally reach the top, you realize your journey is only the beginning. Now that you’ve made it in, you’ve got […]

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HOMESCHOOLERS AND COLLEGES PART 1 (They Really Want You)

For some homeschooling families, thinking ahead to college may be a huge concern that can often lead to great anxiety and in some cases, abandoning the home educated course that was set from the beginning. The thought of “not getting it all”, an inadequate transcript or fear of standardized tests can all seem very daunting. […]

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Count Down to the “New” SAT

The cloud of mystery that surrounds the new SAT has finally begun to lift after the College Board announced some changes that they want to implement in Spring 2016. These changes are still said to be based on The Common Core Standards. Fortunately for students no matter changes incur the SAT will remain “standardized”. This […]

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Learning in Deed: The Power of Community Service

Community service can be a powerful way for students to apply their academic disciplines to the real world. It doesn’t compete in importance with a student’s education, but it can validate and solidify it. When young people are actively involved by using their knowledge in service, they will stretch themselves and grow individually as they […]

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Part two: Paying for school

By Josh Burk Money should NOT be a consideration. Top universities across the nation have adopted a zero-loan policy for students who qualify for financial aid. Schools like Harvard, Stanford, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, Yale, Cornell, and MIT create financial aid packages for needy students that allow virtually no debt after graduation! Generally speaking, if your […]

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Part One: Is college a prerequisite for success?

By Josh Burk In our modern day, does your child need a college degree to become President of the United States? Short answer: probably yes. Just look at our last election to find both nominees –Mitt Romney and Barack Obama—Harvard alumni. That’s not to mention the Yale connections of the Bush and Clinton families. Now, […]

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