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Free Apps For High School and College Learners


If you are looking for some great apps for high schoolers that are free, here is a list that could be of great benefit to your learner(s)!

1.) inClass (iPhone iOS only)

Organization is an important tool. This note-taking app allows you to take notes, write down thoughts, and even share those notes/files with teachers, friends and classmates. It can also keep track of classes, homework, project deadlines and send out reminders so you don’t forget any important information.

2.) Google Drive (iPhone, Android)

This is one of the coolest, free apps around. It contains all the same features of Google Drive on a computer, but it is organized in an efficient mobile format.

3.) Duolingo (iPhone, Android)

This is the No. 1 ranked app in “Language Learning” and is completely free. This is a great tool for anyone learning Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and English.

4.) 30/30 (iPhone, Android)

This is a task manager app that organizes your day into 30-minute sprints of work and rest. It can be a great tool if you find yourself distracted constantly. Set the timer to work for 30 minutes, then allow yourself 30 minutes of rest.

5.) iFormulas (iPhone, Android)

This app contains all the math and science formulas you need in one easily accessible location. It is a great reference tool.

6.) AP Flashcards (iPhone, Android)

This app is for learners of any age. Flashcards are a popular learning tool, and this app has flashcards from a variety of AP tests in one convenient place. There are 2,900 premade flashcards from various AP exams, including biology, statistics, English, literature and government.

7.) Kno Textbooks (iPhone, Android)

This app has e-textbooks that you can highlight and annotate. It saves paper and allows users to synchronize content throughout multiple devices, share notes with others, and add media.

Making the Most of a College Visit


A visit to a college campus, though not essential, is one of the best ways to figure out if a college is the right fit for you. Visits can range from a one hour tour, to a formal presentation, to an overnight stay. Most visits include an information session and a tour. Ultimately a college visit is all about discovering your priorities in a university and figuring out if this is the place where you want to spend the next four years of your life. The college visit works best when it’s viewed as a tool to help you make that decision. Visit here for a list of suggestions for visiting colleges.

High School Learning Resource: Gooru


Gooru is a free platform that gives learners and teachers the ability to search for valuable learning materials. But wait! There’s more! This resource allows you to create your own “classrooms” for any subject you want. Gooru can work as a great learning option for three reasons:

1. Gooru has indexed thousands of open education resources and created libraries full of organized courses ready for you to use. You can even narrow your search by subject, grade level, standard and/or source.
2. Gooru offers a place for you to grow your own content collections. You can organize what you find into a “classroom” for your learner.
3. Gooru lets you track your learner’s progress. You can assign work, gather assignments and create lesson plans. This could be especially useful for high school learners on the customized track!

NACAC College Fairs


The National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) sponsors college fairs all over the country and in Canada. These can be slightly overwhelming, but they are definitely worth it. Your freshman year in high school is a great time to attend these.

What to expect at a college fair:
Around 300 colleges from around the world
Informational sessions in more than one language
Advice on paying for college
How to apply
Essay writing tips
Student athlete information
Counseling services
Scholarship sponsors
GI Bill information for veterans

Upcoming Fairs:
April 22, 2018 – Orange County National College Fair; Anaheim
April 24, 2018 – Inland Empire National College Fair; Ontario
April 26, 2018 – Los Angeles National College Fair; Pasadena

Please visit the NACAC website for more details.

Chemistry Lab Credits

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Looking for a great chemistry lab? You will not need to look any further. Brain Builders in Tustin is offering two different days of wet labs on Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 from noon to 4 p.m. There are seven different labs, each lasting about an hour. Space is limited, so if you are interested, sign up today by contacting Kim at Brain Builders.

Course Hero


Course Hero is a website where you can find the best study resources, ask tutors for personalized homework help, and share your own study resources to help others learn, too. It was formed to empower learners and educators to succeed! You can look through millions of course-specific study resources like notes, test prep materials and flashcards. Check it out here.

Questions About Getting Into College?


The path to college can often feel overwhelming. What placement tests do I need to take? Are they all the same? How do I prepare? What do different colleges require? How important are AP and honors classes? Do I need them and if so, why? Am I a good candidate? What do I need to do NOW?
CLEAR ANSWERS AND HELPFUL SUPPORT ARE HERE! iLEAD Online offers an amazing course available to purchase with funds called Guide to College Applications and Essays. This course is meant to take some of the mystery out of the college application process. You will learn how to narrow down your list of college choices, what to do with different kinds of applications, and how to write a strong college essay. The college essay is your way to stand out from other applicants, and good writing is the perfect way to make a great impression, so learning about the ins and outs of a strong application is a perfect start to achieving your college goals!

Planning for College Scholarships


Most college-bound high school learners don’t start thinking about college until it is time to start applying to schools during their senior year of high school. But guess what? The best time to start thinking about college is in the last year of junior high! It may seem too early, but having a plan or a road map is a great idea. A wonderful book that can be helpful with this process is “Confessions of a Scholarship Winner” by Kristina Ellis. This book is helpful for feeling well-prepared prior to the senior year of high school.

In her book, Kristina not only shares her little-known secrets for scholarship success, but she also shares her incredibly inspiring story. After the devastation of losing her father to cancer and her mother’s inability to financially support her after high school, Kristina, an average learner with less-than-impressive test scores, realized she would have to sell herself to scholarship committees if she wanted to stand out. Kristina devised the plan that led to her receiving over $500,000 in scholarships (which was enough to pay for her full education at a top 20 university and complete her doctoral degree).

Kristina explains how she made this happen, and how you can, too! You don’t have to be a star athlete or a recognized leader to win scholarships! Kristina shares how to find the best scholarships, make a great impression in a scholarship interview, and how to plan a strategy that highlights one’s strengths regardless of challenges or financial status. This book will show you the tools needed to catch a vision for how to pay for the college you hope to attend.

Be a Coca-Cola Scholar


Attention High School Seniors!

Now is the time to apply to be a Coca-Cola Scholar. You could win $20,000 to help pay for college. The deadline to apply is Oct. 31, and we don’t want you to miss your chance.

You cannot win if you don’t apply! Please visit the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for more details.

SAT Testing


Taking the SAT is a part of applying to many colleges and can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be if you know what to expect. Being prepared not only calms unsettled nerves, but also enables one to perform to the best of their ability.

The SAT was recently changed and is now more focused on the skills and knowledge at the heart of education. It measures:
• What you learn in high school
• What you need to succeed in college

If you think the key to a high score is memorizing words and facts you’ll never use in the real world, think again. You don’t have to discover secret tricks or cram the night before. The same habits and choices that lead to success in school will help you get ready for the SAT. The best way to prepare for the test is to:
• Take challenging courses
• Do your homework
• Prepare for tests and quizzes
• Ask and answer lots of questions

Knowing what to expect will help you do your best. Find out what kinds of questions you’ll see on the new SAT and what they measure. Visit the College Board website and scroll to the bottom for practice tests.

The dates for the upcoming SAT tests are:
Nov. 4, 2017
Dec. 2, 2017
March 10, 2018
May 5, 2018
June 2, 2018

Click the College Board’s section on registration to see registration deadlines for upcoming test dates.

Upcoming College Fair and Financial Workshops


For our college-bound learners, there are a few upcoming college fairs and/or workshops that might be of interest to you!

1. Fairmont’s 14TH Annual College Fair in Anaheim

On Oct. 10, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Fairmont Preparatory Academy is inviting any learners and parents to join them at their annual College Fair located at Fairmont Preparatory Academy at 2200 W. Sequoia Ave. in Anaheim. Gain a competitive edge in college admissions by MEETING FACE-TO-FACE WITH REPRESENTATIVES FROM OVER 100 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. If you plan to attend, please sign up here!

2. Ketterman College Funding, Inc. Workshop in Burbank

On Oct. 10, from 7 to 8 p.m., the Burbank Central Library will host a workshop on how to choose the best college for your learner and your pocketbook. For more information and to sign up, visit here! To browse additional workshops in your area, please view this list.

Book Review: “Colleges That Change Lives, 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges”


Finding the right college can be a daunting process, but that shouldn’t stop juniors and seniors from exploring college options. In his book, “Colleges That Change Lives, 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges,” Loren Pope offers some helpful suggestions to consider when looking for liberal arts colleges. Most of the institutions highlighted in this book are small, liberal arts campuses that allow for a much more personal college experience. They often value collaboration over competition in their academic environments. They also strive to provide life-changing opportunities for their undergraduates by encouraging study-abroad programs or community service projects. The latest version of the book is divided into five national regions for easier college searching and also includes a chapter for learners with disabilities. We hope this book gives you some new schools to consider as you search for the right college fit for your learner.

Waterfront Education’s Solar Cup for High Schoolers

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Waterfront Education is seeking a maximum of 20 high school learners to join their Solar Cup team. The Solar Cup competition is held annually in May, when high schools from all over Los Angeles compete in various boat races. It is hosted by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWDSC).

High schoolers race boats they build, which are powered by solar energy. This is an extra-curricular class that meets once a week, along with attending the workshops MWDSC hosts throughout the months leading up to it.

It is free to join, and Waterfront Education is working on providing transportation for those who need it. For more information about the competition, visit the Waterfront Education website.

Learners interested in this unique opportunity should contact Brittany Wilson-Guillermo if interested. The team needs to be assembled by Sept. 27.

Class of 2017 Graduation

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Congratulations to our 2017 Exploration graduates! On Friday, a graduation ceremony was held in Garden Grove honoring our graduates.

We are so very proud of you and all your accomplishments. We look forward to hearing about the great ways you will impact others for years to come!






College Planning Workshop


Webinar: Navigating High School for Homeschool Learners


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Multimedia Scholarship for Creative Learners


No Essay. No GPA. A scholarship designed for creative voices to be heard.

1. Learners submit projects that respond to the prompt in one of the following media categories:
  • Art
  • Photography
  • Music
  • Creative writing
  • Video (for current college students)
2. Five learners will each be awarded $1,000 toward their college tuition. There will be one awardee per medium.

3. Learners reflect on this year’s prompt: Represent your views about the concepts of education vs. learning.

Here is a link to anything else you may need to know about this scholarship, including a digital form for learners to submit their projects.

College Planning Workshops

Hello, Dear Families!

Laura Kazan, fellow homeschool mom (who is also a vendor with iLEAD under Homeschool College Explorations), is hosting a series of fabulous college planning workshops.


High School Webinars and Roundtable Discussions

Dear Families,

Please note that the flier for upcoming high school webinars and roundtable discussions has been updated. If you’re interested in signing up, please RSVP here !


PSAT 8/9 at SCVi

The PSAT 8/9 is a test that will help your learner(s) be better prepared for college when they graduate from high school. It tests the same skills and knowledge as the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, and PSAT 10 — in a way that makes sense for your grade level.

Why take the PSAT?

The PSAT 8/9 is specifically for eighth and ninth grade learners.
It reflects the work that learners are doing in school.
The test focuses on the knowledge, skills and understanding that research has identified as most important for college and career readiness/success.
There is an emphasis on the meaning of words in extended contexts and on how word choice shapes meaning, tone and impact.
The scoring is rights-only (a point for a correct answer but no deduction for an incorrect answer; blank responses have no impact on scores).
Taking the test connects learners with opportunities including free personalized practice tools on Khan Academy.

When and where will the PSAT 8/9 be administered?

Date: Wednesday, February 22
Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Shakespeare Theatre at SCVi in Santa Clarita

What is the PSAT 8/9 Fee and how do I pay?

The fee for the PSAT 8/9 is $10. For a form to enroll, please contact Kris Nilsen, the academic/college advisor at SCVi. She will also answer any of your questions.
Only 60 tests for both eighth and ninth graders were ordered, so please turn in the form and payment as soon as possible. The deadline to sign up for the PSAT 8/9 is Friday, February 17!

Want to see what is inside the test? Click here!

High School Webinars and Roundtable Discussions


Interested in signing up? Please RSVP here!

High School Webinars and Roundtable Discussions

If you are a parent of a present or future high school learner, please mark your calendars for the following dates and times to discuss high school:
  • January 25 – Webinar at 7 p.m.
  • February – Irvine Roundtable Discussion (location and time TBA)
  • March 17 – Roundtable Discussion at With Love Market and Cafe in Los Angeles at 3 p.m.
  • April 12 – Webinar at 7 p.m.
  • May 16 – San Diego Roundtable Discussion (location and time TBA)
  • June 6 – Webinar at 7 p.m.

Lincoln, the Movie

We are so excited to share a very special opportunity with our Exploration families! Gabriela Stiles, one of our Exploration educational facilitators, has organized a wonderful event for our older learners!

If there are 40 participants, she is offering to rent out the beautiful Art Theater for our learners to enjoy a showing of the movie “Lincoln” followed by a Q & A session! This is a wonderful opportunity for our tween and teen learners to enjoy a bit of history in the comfort of a movie theater! We hope to see you there!

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Art Theater, 2025 EAST 4TH STREET, LONG BEACH, CA 90814 562.438.5435

The History and Culture through Cinema project proudly presents the critically acclaimed 2012 film “Lincoln” (PG 13) at the beautiful and historic Art Theater in Long Beach. The film focuses on Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation and his attempt to get the 13th amendment passed as the Civil War comes to a close. Winner of two Oscars, including one for Daniel Day-Lewis’s compelling portrayal of Abraham Lincoln, it was directed by Steven Spielberg with music composed by John Williams (Star Wars).

An optional worksheet will be emailed to participants to encourage interested learners to explore the events related to those depicted in the film. The event will include a short introduction to put the movie into further historical context and will be followed by a brief question and answer session.

This showing is intended for Tweens and Teens, ages 13+. Though not a movie focused on violence or language, both are present at times, as well as era-accurate racial epithets. Some of the scenes may be either too intense or dialogue heavy for younger children.

Please RSVP here !

PSAT and SAT Information

Juniors who are considering a four-year college directly after high school will want to sign up for the SAT here. PSAT practice tests are also available for free on this website. In addition to tutors and workshops, the College Board also recommends Personalized Study on Khan Academy .

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