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May 13, 2020 @ 07:00

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College Corner

College Corner

College Applications

Are you a senior who is considering applying to college for Fall 2019? It is NOT too late! Here are some important links and options to explore: Rolling Admission colleges do not have hard deadlines but will accept applications until all available spaces are full. Open Admission means that only a high school diploma or GED is required for admission. Open Enrollment Online schools are available if living at home and attending a 4-year college or university online is preferred. The bottom line is that many liberal arts colleges and universities are still accepting applications for next fall. Start researching options and don’t wait….apply today!

IMPORTANT reminder: Our school charter name is iLEAD Hybrid and our College Board code is 054846. Use both of these whenever taking a test provided by College Board whether it be the PSAT, SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or AP exams.

SAT/ACT Information

For dates, deadlines, and important information about SAT codes needed for registration, visit here.

Summer Surgery Program

UCI is offering an exciting summer opportunity for those interested in the medical field. It is a two-week program where learners are able to watch live surgeries, learn hands-on medical skills, and receive mentorship from medical students.

For more information, visit here.

College Test Preparation

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Taking college entrance examinations can be stressful. The best way to overcome any text anxiety is to be well-prepared. A wide variety of books, online programs, and tablet apps are available to equip learners by teaching test-taking strategies and providing practice problems.

The College Board website offers free, full-length SAT practice tests.

The ACT Test website provides practice test questions.

Khan Academy Test Preparation is an excellent resource for SAT test preparation.

ACT: Practice, Prep, Flashcards by Varsity Tutors is a great app for ACT practice. It can be found in the Apple iTunes store.

Additionally, the local library is stocked with free resources to prepare for college entrance examinations!

Naviance

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Exciting news! Naviance is now available to all iLEAD Exploration high school learners. Logins were previously sent to 11th and 12th graders only, but all grades have now been loaded into our school account and are ready to go. Naviance is a valuable online program that is being offered to our learners free of charge. Over ten million learners across the nation use Naviance to help match them with career fields and colleges according to their specific interests. Here are two videos to help explore how Naviance works:

For college planning, watch the Naviance Student Overview.

For career planning, please view What Is Roadtrip Nation?

A login invitation will be sent to all 9th and 10th graders from Naviance with instructions to set up an account. Learners who may have missed the initial invitation can email susan.meredith@ileadexploration.org to have it resent. Winter break would be a great time to explore all the resources that this program has to offer and to create a wish list of interesting colleges.

Popular Online Vendors

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iLEAD Exploration offers many approved online vendors for our middle and high school families. These vendors offer a wide range of high school courses that can be used by our learners on the customized or A-G graduation paths. Learners on the A-G path should look for vendors with teacher support and ensure that the courses are posted on the UC Doorways website. Not all vendors provide teacher support, but most of them have grading and progress monitoring access. The cost of the course varies among providers. We recommend that families research or discuss their specific needs with their EF when looking for an online course. Here is a list of some popular choices that our families have used. For a current list of online vendors (that is regularly being added to), please visit here.

College Application Time

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It’s time to start filling out those applications!

Here are some tips for applying to colleges:

  • Discover options that might be right for you (close to home or across the country) by reading Loren Pope’s book, Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges.
  • Save login information for college applications as you start creating them.
  • Be mindful of deadlines. The deadline for UC/CSU schools for FALL 2019 is Nov 30.
  • Once you submit an application, you will no longer be able to make corrections, so make sure your information is complete before that final click.
  • Applications for CSU schools for fall 2019 opened on Oct 1, 2018. Click here to apply and save your account.
  • You can view the CSU checklist here.
  • If you’re applying to a UC school, begin with personal insight questions and follow these tips.
  • Now is the time to fill out FAFSA forms (the earlier the better).

We wish you all the best with your college applications!

Naviance

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We are pleased to offer access to the Naviance website to our Exploration learners! Naviance helps connect academic achievement to students’ 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 themselves as it pertains to future college and career decisions. Seniors can use the login info provided by their EF to begin exploring, as we will be rolling out the program to the rest of our high schoolers in late January!

Visiting College Campuses

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Family road trips are a perfect opportunity for detours to visit college campuses! With a little research, learners can be better prepared to ask strategic questions. In the article, 36 Questions to Ask on a College Visit, US News and World Report has created a solid list of questions to ask when visiting a college or university.

Prior to visiting an institution, here are some useful tips:
-Learn background information about the college before arriving.
-Schedule a tour in advance.
-If considering a specific major, try to visit around the department chair’s office hours to possibly connect.
-Consider meeting with the financial aid officers to learn about scholarships and other sources of help.
-Learn more about the resources available for particular majors on campus (labs, technology, and modern facilities).

If visiting a campus in person isn’t an option, websites such as eCampus tours, YourCampus 360, College Prowler, YouTube EDU and Rate My Professors are available to give an inside look at colleges all across the country. The US News article, Visit College Campuses From Home, offers additional information about these websites.

Whether on the road or at home, it’s never too early to explore college options!

The Dual Enrollment Process

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November and December are the months for learners to submit community college paperwork to be signed by iLEAD in order to register for the spring term. Remember, a 3-5 unit class may allow a learner to earn a full year of high school credit for that subject in one semester! Here are the steps to get started:

1) Learners may pursue registering for community college courses if they are academically, socially and emotionally prepared for the rigor and environment of a college course.
2) Families are responsible for registering for courses on their own and paying for all course material fees and transcript requests.
3) Learners need to obtain the special admission request form from their community college’s admissions office or website and fill out the classes and learner information only. They should wait to sign the form until after it has been returned from the iLEAD office so all signatures are wet.
4) The parent or learner will forward the form to the EF. The request will be signed by a school official and stamped within two days and returned by mail to the family for final signatures.
5) The learner will take the form to register at the community college.
6) Once the learner is admitted, the family will notify the EF of the exact title and code for the courses.
7) The grade earned in the course by the professor will be the same grade issued on the high school transcript. Grades given by the EF at the end of the semester are tentative until confirmed by official transcripts.
8) Upon course completion each semester, the learner will forward college transcripts to the iLEAD Exploration address below:

ATTN: Registrar
3842 S. Bristol Street #616
Santa Ana, CA 92704

College Corner

College Corner

As you prepare for college, here are a few helpful hints:

FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid):
The FAFSA is required to be filled out by learners applying to 4-year colleges and universities. The form was made available on Oct. 1 and should be filled out as soon as possible for the 2019-2020 school year. For information on what you need to fill out the form, visit this website on FAFSA Info. To apply, visit the FAFSA website.

SAT/ACT Information:

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SAT Preparation:

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Popular Online Vendors

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iLEAD Exploration offers many approved online vendors for our middle and high school homeschooling families. These vendors offer a wide range of high school courses that can be used by our learners on customized or A-G graduation paths. Learners on the A-G path should look for vendors with teacher support and ensure that the courses are posted on the UC Doorways website. Not all vendors provide teacher support but most of them have grading and progress monitoring access. The cost of the course varies among providers. We recommend that families research or discuss their specific needs with their EF when looking for an online course. Here is a list of some popular choices that our families have used. For a current list of online vendors (that is regularly being added to), please visit here.

Colleges That Change Lives

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Upcoming High School Webinars

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Our high school team will be conducting informational webinars for interested high school and middle school parents. We will be going over various options available through our program. Below are the topics for the 2018-19 school year. Your educational facilitator will be sending you sign up information soon!

Nov. 7 at 9 a.m.

Is Dual Enrollment a Good Option for Your Learner?

Dec. 5 at 9 a.m.

Using Homeschooling for Unique High School Opportunities

March (date and time TBD)

Let’s Be Ready for College! Next Steps for College Preparedness and Naviance

April (date and time TBD)

Families with Middle Schoolers: What to Expect in High School

May (date and time TBD)

Homeschooling Through High School with iLEAD Exploration

Our New High School Guidebook

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We are excited to introduce to you our new high school guidebook. It was recently approved by the board and outlines iLEAD Exploration’s high school policies. In it, you will find many of the curricular, learning center, and vendor options that high school students have as an iLEAD learner. It is a valuable resource that will help guide you through the high school years.

 

Upcoming High School Webinars

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Our high school team will be conducting informational webinars for interested high school and middle school parents. We will be going over various options available through our program. These are the following topics for the 2018-19 school year. Your educational facilitator will be sending you sign up information soon!

Nov. 7 at 9:00 a.m.

Is Dual Enrollment a Good Option for Your Learner?

Dec. 5 at 9:00 a.m.

Using Homeschooling for Unique High School Opportunities

March TBD

Let’s Be Ready for College! Next Steps for College Preparedness and Naviance

April TBD

Families with Middle Schoolers – What to Expect in High School

May TBD

Homeschooling Through High School with iLEAD Exploration

Science Labs

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For learners taking a-g science classes, iLEAD Online will be preparing in-person labs for iLEAD Online and Exploration learners at three locations: iLEAD OC Learning Studio, SCVi and Lancaster. You can find the schedule and the location address by clicking visiting iLEAD Online’s website.

Chemistry, biology, physics, and earth science/physical science will have separate lab assignments at the above locations. Teacher supervision and materials are provided.

If your learner is not taking any iLEAD Online classes OR is a-g with SET OR is on the customized track, you may register for the lab only portion. The cost is $50 per semester. For a-g credit, one full day of hands-on lab assignments are required + additional computer directed simulation assignments (which may be completed at home or on another lab day). A letter grade will be given which will be averaged with the rest of the coursework for that class.

National Honor Society

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The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its beginning in 1921.

Today, it is estimated that more than one million students participate in NHS activities. NHS chapters are found in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, many U.S. territories, and Canada. Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.

As of this year, iLEAD is now a proud local chapter of the National Honor Society. For our initial year, we will be accepting applications for the fall and spring. If you are a 10-12 grade learner, enrolled with iLEAD for at least one full semester and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, you may apply.

Please contact your EF for the application and details.

ACT & SAT Testing

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If you are interested in attending a private or public four year college or university, your high school learners will need to take the SAT and ACT tests. In order to take these tests, you will need to create an account for your high school learner and register them directly on the ACT and College Board websites. You will be able to select testing locations that are local to where you live.

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To register for an ACT account, please visit them here. For the SAT, please create an account here.

College Corner

College Corner

Each month we will highlight opportunities for those desiring to better prepare and learn about college.

SAT Prep

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iLEAD Scholarship

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Western Undergraduate Exchange

Offers great tuition prices for qualifying students who want to attend participating out-of-state colleges and universities.

To find answers to frequently asked questions, click here: WUE FAQs

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Colleges That Change Lives Homeschool Event

Please RSVP here: CTCL Homeschool Event

PSAT Practice & Sign Ups

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Please complete this formstack to sign up.

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High School Zoom Meeting

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High School: Online Curriculum

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High school can be difficult to navigate. This week we are excited to share some of our online resources that might help you. Please be sure to connect with your EF before enrolling in any courses.

Many iLEAD Online courses are a-g approved and could be taken by learners on the customized or a-g paths. The courses are facilitated by highly qualified teachers. Check out the course catalog of innovative, project-based online courses.

Global Student Network is a corporation accredited by AdvancED as an online and homeschool curriculum provider.

BYU Independant Study has a variety of course offerings! Our learners may enroll in the paper, online or teacher-led (TL) courses. If a learner is on the a-g path, the learner must enroll in the TL courses.

Blue Tent offers a variety of honors and AP courses. Most learners who take courses from Blue Tent take the AP test upon course completion. These courses, designed for high achievers, are very rigorous. They are not a-g approved and may only be used with the customized path.

Please remember to check the University of California’s a-g approved course list to determine if a class is a-g approved. To do so:

  1. Visit the University of California A-G Approved Course List

  2. Choose the programs/online publisher option and type in the program name.

  3. Use the populated list to review courses that are a-g approved.

High School Support

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We are very excited to support your high school learner as your family navigates through critical learning years. Please join our high school experts virtually as they host monthly meetings on important high school related topics.

Our first Zoom meeting is scheduled for Oct 3 at 9:00 am. We will be discussing the topic High School Planning: A-g or Customized?

For information on how to log in, please contact your EF directly.

Graduation Festivities

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Happy Graduation, High School Seniors!

This past week, families celebrated the accomplishments of their seniors across the five counties we serve. Whether it be academics, service projects, or individual giftedness, it was a joy to celebrate and honor the class of 2018!

What a privilege it has been to walk alongside your families throughout your homeschool journey. We are so very proud of your accomplishments and many talents, and we know that you have a bright future ahead of you!

iLEAD also hosted its very first eighth grade promotion ceremony, which was well-attended. The ceremony was a celebratory, special time as each family wrote something unique about their eighth grader.

We are so proud of you!

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