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High School Highlights

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iLEAD Exploration ASB

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We are excited to announce that iLEAD will be forming an ASB (Associated Student Body) team this year! ASB is a leadership team comprised of learners who will represent the entire student body of high schoolers. The main objective of ASB is to help students feel more connected to school and each other through involvement in ASB-organized activities.

We are looking for applicants who desire to connect with other high school learners and to help facilitate connection among their follow learners. Team players and those who possess strong leadership skills are encouraged to apply!

Learners who are selected for ASB will be expected to attend monthly virtual meetings as well as help plan/attend a few social events throughout the year. If you are interested in joining the team, please fill out this ASB Application by October 4, 2019.

Science Labs

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iLEAD Online will offer in-person science labs for customized credit in biology, chemistry, anatomy, earth science, physical science, and physics. For $75 per semester, a learner can attend an extended lab once per month to gain valuable lab practice to enhance curriculum being used at home. Labs are being offered in Lancaster, Santa Clarita, and Costa Mesa. Please view the iLEAD Lab Schedule for dates and details!

Introducing Naviance

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Naviance is a comprehensive college and career readiness tool available to all iLEAD learners. Soon you will receive a code for your learner to log in and create their account. Remember when it comes to college and career, the learner takes the lead. Please let your child use THEIR email address when signing on. Once a learner has created an account, a parent account can be added.

Take a look at this video to learn more about Naviance. Naviance also has a great phone app. Keep an eye on your email for your learner’s code to download the app.

College Fairs and Panels

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If you are interested in pursuing a career in music, theater, art, dance, or other related fields, then this important college fair is for you! The NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is coming to Los Angeles on September 22. Learn more about how you can attend for FREE.

Register NOW for a college fair coming up in your area. Learners may speak directly with admission representatives from out of state and international colleges and universities. These college choices are perfect for both A-G and customized learners. Best of all, the fairs are free!

SAVE THE DATE – October 18 at 10:00 a.m.
CA Homeschool College Seekers on Facebook is inviting iLEAD learners and their parents to attend a live online panel of college representatives who will present creative learning options available at their schools. If you have a self-directed or non-traditional learner, this is the panel for you. The featured colleges will include Evergreen State College, Prescott College, Bennington College, College of the Atlantic, and Quest University. From test-optional admissions to non-letter grade evaluations, each school offers unique learning opportunities beyond high school. For more information, join College Seekers on FB.

Learner Spotlight: David Budge

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Last year, David relocated to California to get a fresh start on his life and education and moved in with a family who was already educating through iLEAD Exploration. David was nearing the end of a traditional public school education that had failed him. He was plagued by self-limiting beliefs and thought he was on a dead-end path with limited hope of ever finding fulfillment or success.

Since enrolling in iLEAD, David has been thriving. As a child growing up in Arizona, David was fascinated with reptiles at an early age. He was thrilled to learn that through iLEAD, he could pursue studies in herpetology. As a result, he chose reptile husbandry for his junior year project. Through this project, David procured a pair of bearded dragons, studied and learned about their habitat, and then fostered an environment where they were comfortable to breed. We are happy to report that his endeavor was successful, as David incubated and hatched a clutch of twenty-eight adorable baby bearded dragons. This provided a much-needed win and the accompanying self-esteem in his accomplishments, as David realized this would be a viable career path for him.

But life had other ideas in store for David. Not long after relocating to southern California, the Thomas and Woolsey fires began, with flames in sight of his new home. When he saw the massive response by the firefighters and the community as they came together to battle the blazes, he was inspired to shift his education from herpetology to a career where he could be of service to the world.

Again, through his studies at iLEAD, David was able to choose the prerequisite coursework that would provide the necessary foundation to become a firefighter. Furthermore, the flexibility of an iLEAD education has allowed him ample time to also volunteer through the Ventura County Fire Explorers program, while still excelling in his core education needed to complete his high school diploma. The combination of iLEAD and the Explorer program has now laid the groundwork for him to not only attend college, but also to enter the United States Air Force as a firefighter once a position becomes open.

David is excited about taking chemistry, physics, and economics in his final year of high school. He is really looking forward to the lab classes that accompany those courses. His favorite part about learning with iLEAD is that he is able to take the time that he needs to work toward mastery. iLEAD has allowed him to blossom into an honor’s student for the first time in his educational history. He works very hard, is extremely dedicated, and is excited about learning for the first time in his life. Taking an active role in making decisions for his education has given him ownership and pride in his success.

For someone who never thought he’d go to college, David is ready to tackle his first college classes having just recently registered at Moorpark Community College. We’re so proud of David’s hard work and are glad that iLEAD was able to provide him with the educational environment and support for him to pursue his goals.

Optional Subscriptions: Due September 20

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We are excited to share some amazing subscription options at discounted rates for our iLEAD Exploration learners. We have contracted with many vendors to create a list of popular, well-received subscriptions. In order to get these optional subscriptions at the discounted price, you will need to submit your order no later than September 20. You should have received an email with all the information from your educational facilitator. If you have any questions, please contact your educational facilitator.

Meet The High School Team

Meet the Team

High School Connection Meeting

iLEAD Exploration’s high school team would like to meet their high schoolers in person! Our high school connection meetings are a wonderful opportunity for our high school learners and their families to meet Bethany Maddox, Laura Kazan, Lisa Rittenhouse, and other high school team members so they can learn more about this school year. Choose from two sessions: Friday, September 6, at 10:30 a.m. in Los Angeles, or Friday, September 13, at 10:30 a.m. in Costa Mesa. If you would like to attend, please register here: Exploration’s High School/ College Meeting RSVP.

Meet The High School Team!

Meet the Team

High School Connection Meeting

iLEAD Exploration’s high school team would like to meet their high schoolers in person! Our high school connection meetings are a wonderful opportunity for our high school learners and their families to meet Bethany Maddox, Laura Kazan, Lisa Rittenhouse, and other high school team members so they can learn more about this school year. Choose from two sessions: 1) September 6 at 10:30 am in Los Angeles; or 2) September 13 at 10:30 am in Costa Mesa. If you would like to attend, please register here: Exploration’s High School/ College Meeting RSVP.

Introducing CTE

Career and Technical Education

This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Family High School Guidebook

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Our Family High School Guidebook has been newly updated with all the relevant high school information you need to know.

  • Graduation Requirements
  • A-G vs. Customized Graduation Path
  • Curriculum and Learning Center Resources
  • Learner Expectations
  • High School Advisement

High School Connection Meeting

Meet the Team

We would like to meet our high schoolers in person! Our high school connection meetings are a wonderful opportunity for our high school learners to meet Bethany Maddox, Laura Kazan, Lisa Rittenhouse, and other high school team members so they can learn more about this school year. Choose from two sessions: 1) September 6 at 10:30 am in Los Angeles; or 2) September 13 at 10:30 am in Costa Mesa. If you would like to attend, please register here!

PSAT/NMSQT Testing

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Registration is open for optional PSAT/NMSQT testing on October 16 (Costa Mesa) or October 19 (Santa Clarita) for 10th and 11th graders. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for 11th graders and also provides great preparation for the SAT. Please view the PSAT/NMSQT Fall 2019 Registration form for more information and to register at either location.

The cost is $20 and a check must be mailed to 3843 S Bristol Street #616, Santa Ana, CA 92704 to complete registration. The final deadline for registration and payment is September 6th.

Naviance

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We are pleased to offer the Naviance website to our high school learners. Naviance helps connect academic achievement to each student’s long-term goals – whether they’re applying to college, entering the workforce or joining the military. More than 10 million students rely on Naviance to achieve key readiness milestones and answer critical questions about future aspirations and how to work towards achieving those goals. More information will be announced in our September High School Highlights Newsletter.

Introducing CTE

Career and Technical Education

This year, we are excited to introduce a new program for our high school learners. Career and Technical Education (CTE) allows learners to essentially “major” in high school. It is a program of study that involves a multi-year sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide learners with a pathway to postsecondary education and career. It provides learners with an opportunity to pursue purposeful electives and participate in productive career exploration. Contact your EF or our CTE coordinator, Ally Adair-Chung, at ally.adairchung@ileadexploration.org for more information.

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Attention 12th Graders!

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Looking for some one-on-one assistance with college applications? Schedule a meeting with our new College Advisor, Laura Kazan, as soon as possible! She will assist you in creating your college list and walk you through the college admissions process. Sign up for an appointment today!

SENIORS- Bring your college applications and join our webinar on September 11 at 10:00 a.m. with Laura Kazan. She will walk you through the applications for UCs or private schools using the Common Application. Login Here: Application Webinar

Meet Laura Kazan

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LAURA KAZAN
COLLEGE ADVISOR

Laura Kazan joined the homeschool world by accident. After pulling her younger son out of traditional middle school, she realized that nontraditional education would provide him with far more opportunities for college. She received her master’s degree in education with an emphasis in higher education from Claremont Graduate University and has a certificate in college admission counseling from the University of California, Riverside. Before homeschooling, she was a university researcher regularly analyzing college admission trends. After becoming a homeschool mom, she began providing college advisement to nontraditional learners.

Laura has lived and taught in a variety of cities, states, and countries. She spent a season of her life working on a cruise ship and teaching English in a foreign country, and has since realized that her favorite vacation is staying home with her family, cat, and dog.

Contact Laura NOW for senior college advisement!
Email: laura.kazan@ileadexploration.org

Meet Bethany Maddox

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BETHANY MADDOX
ACADEMIC COUNSELOR

Bethany Maddox graduated with her master’s in education from Azusa Pacific University and has been serving as a high school counselor for the past 13 years. She loves working with and guiding high school-aged learners as they make their transition from childhood to adulthood. She has been working in the independent study learning environment for 10 years and exclusively with homeschooling families for the past two years. She truly appreciates the flexibility available to learners in our unique learning environment and looks forward to expanding her services available to all high school learners in the areas of academic, college, and career advisement. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any high school-related questions.

Bethany was born and raised in Southern California and is blessed to be raising her own family here. She resides in Fontana with her husband and two young children.

Email: bethany.maddox@ileadexploration.org

CTCL College Fair

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Colleges That Change Lives- CTCL College Fair on July 28 in Los Angeles
The Colleges that Change Lives Fair is coming to Los Angeles on Sunday, July 28. These colleges are located around the country and are perfect for many learners, a-g or not! CTCL colleges are for those learners who are highly academic, non-traditional or have unique interests and passions. Many of these colleges are well known for their generous financial aid (two schools even cover full financial need).
Learners register HERE.

PSAT/NMSQT 10th and 11th Graders

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Registration is open for optional PSAT/NMSQT testing on October 16 (Costa Mesa) or October 19 (Santa Clarita) for 10th and 11th graders. This is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (NMSQT) for 11th graders and also provides great preparation for the SAT. Please view the PSAT/NMSQT Fall 2019 Registration form for more information and to register at either location. The cost is $20 and a check must be mailed to 3843 S Bristol Street #616, Santa Ana, CA 92704 to complete registration. The registration form must be filled out by August 23 for learners who have been approved for College Board accommodations. The final deadline for registration and payment is September 6.

Meet the High School Team in Person

Meet the Team

High School Connection Meeting

We would like to meet our learners in person! Parents are welcome to come too, but this is a chance for high schoolers to meet Bethany Maddox, Laura Kazan, Lisa Rittenhouse, and other high school team members to learn more about this school year. Choose from two sessions: 1) September 6 at 10:30 am in Los Angeles, or 2) September 13 at 10:30 am in Costa Mesa. Please register here: Exploration’s High School/ College Meeting RSVP. We look forward to meeting you!

Fall ACT & SAT Registration

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The September ACT and October SAT registrations are now open. To participate in fall testing, register directly through ACT and College Board right away. On examination day, testers need to use the iLEAD Hybrid College Board code 054846 for both tests to ensure that our school counselors have access to testing information.

Washington D.C. and NYC Trip for Middle and High Schoolers

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Learner Spotlight: Owen Harris

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iLEAD Exploration is proud to highlight freshman Owen Harris. Owen started homeschooling in 5th grade and has been pursuing his passion for history and hands-on learning ever since. From a young age, Owen showed a great aptitude for mechanics. While many other toddlers were happily playing with plastic toy phones, Owen had other pursuits such as opening up an actual landline phone, taking it apart, investigating all the parts, and then proceeding to put it all back together.

Over the years, this learner’s interest in mechanisms has continued to grow, and he has been able to thoroughly satisfy that passion through homeschooling. In additional to rigorous core classes, Owen has taken several “outside-the-box” electives including aviation studies, photography, industrial arts, and nautical studies. As a member of the Newport Sea Base offshore sailing team, Owen partook in an amazing “hands-on” adventure! Along with his team, Owen sailed fourteen hours straight aboard the Heartbeat, a 45-foot racing yacht, for a total of 112 nautical miles from San Pedro to Point Loma, San Diego. The crew sailed tirelessly, making great time and braving the rainy weather and wind. So impressive!

In addition to sailing, Owen has been able to pursue his passion for aviation and history. Owen has visited just about every aviation museum in California, and has even visited air museums in Texas, Arizona and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Over the years, Owen has attended over twenty airshows with his dad, who works in the aviation industry. An avid photographer, Owen enjoys taking photos on these trips to capture images of modern and historical aircraft.

Owen is also currently taking industrial arts where he has experimented with 3D printing, welding, and woodworking to build some amazing projects. We are so proud of Owen Harris for his dedication to his studies as well as his willingness to take risks and try new things! We look forward to seeing how Owen’s educational journey continues to unfold over the next three years!

Social and Emotional Well-Being

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Edgenuity, one of our online vendors, now offers seven different social and emotional learning classes. They are designed for 6th-12th graders for $49. Their courses include: character and leadership development, college and career readiness, intro to today’s technology, mental health and wellness, personal development, social and emotional success, and unlock your purpose. If you have a learner who would benefit from these topics, keep them in mind for next fall.

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