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Subject: Free college!
Date Posted: 2/18/2011 9:46 AM ET
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I posted about this in Member's Thoughts, but figured it would be very useful knowledge for MI homeschoolers here.  My daughter just enrolled in this program and it's great.  Feel free to PM me with questions.

 

The program is called "Early College".  Basically, you sign up for one class with them (they're a "school of choice" so anyone can go there).  The class is an online course (so you don't actually go into the school, except once in a while to take a test or something).  The rest of your classes you take at a College.  They apply your college classes to their high school requirements, so when you're done, you have an Associates Degree and high school diploma--all free and clear. 

Date Posted: 2/18/2011 3:33 PM ET
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Do you have a link?  Is this only for those in MI?  TIA.

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 9:47 AM ET
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I know there are districts all over the country doing variations on this.  Here, I believe it's only for in MI...but I think you could live a long way from it (in MI), and still do it because of most classes being available online.

I have a link, but the site isn't really accurate yet (they're working on it, and just basically stuck something up on the schools site for now).  That's why I didn't post it.  I'll pm you with a contact number and such.

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 11:46 AM ET
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I'm not in MI, so no bother.  It just sounds to me like a virtual public school offering both "normal" high school diplomas as well as dual credit.  Our local CC is getting ready to do the same with a new charter school.

As a HS'er, you can always do dual credit on your own - at CC's, uni's, online, etc.  Plus, there are all the credit by examination options.

Date Posted: 2/19/2011 11:57 AM ET
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Yes, but the problem with doing college on your own while in high school, at least here in MI, is that you have to pay for it then.  If you do it through a school, the state pays for it.

I don't know how it works at the "virtual school", but if it's not an actual college class (like an AP course for instance), then the credits don't always transfer to every university.

Edited to add:  this not a virtual school.  It's a district high school, and this one of their programs. You can actually take classes at the high school too. The idea however, is to make their requirement for enrollment easier (online), so you devote your time to your college courses.



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