Homeschool College Planning (Summer Course)
Term: Summer 2019, June 3–July 3
Target Grade Levels: 9th–12th graders and their parents
Schedule: 2x / week, 60 min.
Section 1: M/W 8:00 p.m. ET with Mrs. Scheidegger*
*Note evening class time to accommodate parents
The transition to college can often feel overwhelming for students and parents alike. This course is designed to support students and parents in restfully navigating college preparation!
Topics will include time line planning (e.g., transcripts, testing, applications, and scholarships), evaluating schools, conducting college visits and interviews, and recommended reading. As time permits, we will address the major tests (SAT, ACT, and CLT), as well as how to write application essays.
(Please bear in mind: This is a survey course, intended to equip students for the college process, not to guide them through a specific application or test.)
Some class sessions will be tailored primarily to students, and others primarily to parents, but students and parents are welcome to both attend all classes! (Note: This class has been scheduled as a night class to better accommodate parents.)
Syllabus: Click here to view the course syllabus.
Note: The course structure and content is flexible in response to student and parent feedback. Please contact the instructor (firstname.lastname@example.org) to communicate particular interests or suggestions!
There are no required course materials that students need to purchase. The instructor will provide students with all requisite materials electronically, to include diagnostic quizzes, selected essays, and correlating exercises.
Allison Scheidegger earned her BA in literature with a minor in classics from Patrick Henry College. She served two years as a Latin teacher for Providence Preparatory Academy, a Scholé Community in Northern Virginia. After thereby discovering that she loved teaching languages, Allison dove into the world of online teaching. In all her experiences tutoring and teaching Latin, Allison’s favorite part has been showing students the wonders of Latin. Allison has always loved taking things apart to find out how they work, and then putting them back together to be used anew. Language is the most exciting example of such functional beauty, so it makes sense that one of her favorite pastimes is learning and teaching languages. Whether through the concise beauty of an ablative absolute or the fun of using complementary infinitives, Allison hopes to infect her students with awe at God’s amazing gift of language. She wants to give students the tools to understand, appreciate, and creatively employ language. email@example.com
Computer: You will need a stable, reliable computer, running with a processor with a speed of 1 GHz or better on one of the following operating systems: Mac OS X with Mac OS 10.7 or later; Windows 8, 7, Vista (with SP1 or later), or XP (with SP3 or later). We do not recommend using an iPad or other tablet for joining classes. An inexpensive laptop or netbook would be much better solutions, as they enable you to plug an Ethernet cable directly into your computer. Please note that Chromebooks are allowed but not preferred, as they do not support certain features of the Zoom video conference software such as breakout sessions and annotation, which may be used by our teachers for class activities.
High-Speed Internet Connection: You will also need access to high-speed Internet, preferably accessible via Ethernet cable right into your computer. Using Wi-Fi may work, but will not guarantee you the optimal use of your bandwidth. The faster your Internet, the better. We recommend using a connection with a download/upload speed of 5/1 Mbps or better. You can test your Internet connection here.
Headset: We recommend using a headset rather than a built-in microphone and speakers. Using a headset reduces the level of background noise heard by the entire class. Headset Recommendations: USB | 3.5mm
Zoom: We use a web conferencing software called Zoom for our classes, which enables students and teachers to gather from around the globe face to face in real time. Zoom is free to download and easy to use.
- Visit zoom.us/download.
- Click to download the first option listed, Zoom Client for Meetings.
- Open and run the installer on your computer.
- Students will be provided with instructions and a link for joining their particular class.
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