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Subject: Highschoolers?
Date Posted: 6/4/2008 3:04 PM ET
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My oldest is about to enter 9th grade!  I can hardly believe it!

I'm looking for recommendations, suggestions and advice on record keeping, transcripts etc.  Do any of you use the prepackaged software tracking type thing?  Do you do something on your own?

Any one else scared do death of high school?

Thanks!

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 4:41 PM ET
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Relax. I have a graduating senior and one going into 10th. You can do it. MY son did well on the SAT, got into his college of choice with a nice scholarship. I just made his transcript on Microsoft Word. The admissions office said they just wanted to see what classes he had done, his SAT scores and what else he had done with his life (Eagle Scout, volunteering, choir, etc)

Our local community college has dual enrollment for high school juniors and seniors. They take an easy entrance exam or if they already have a SAT score they don't have to. That way, they take interest driven classes or those classes you don't want to teach. My son took Physics. He did fine. See if a community college  or junior college near you does this.

Date Posted: 6/4/2008 6:37 PM ET
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I recently posted asking for input to three of the tracking programs:  Homeschool Tracker (basic & plus), Edu-Track, & Homeschool Minder.

I ended up purchasing Homeschool Tracker Plus after using Basic for awhile.  It's $49, with unlimited free updates/upgrades.  Their customer service is FANTASTIC!!!!  The co-owner spent HOURS with me last week on IM and email.

At first HST+ was overwhelming, but now I absolutely LOVE IT!  We're transitioning from a "school-in-a-box" method to eclectic, plus adding two high school courses, so I really needed something...electronic.

I purchased the Edu-Track demo for $5, and I'm glad I did before spending the money to purchase the entire thing.  It kept crashing our pc and MS Office programs.  They also charge for lesson plans, whereas with HST, you can swap them for free on the Yahoo Group and/or forum...or from friends.

I love the look and ease of Homeschool Minder, but it just didn't do enough things I wanted.

HST will be my brain until DS graduates!  :-)

The curriculum I've used for over 5 years has integrated planning and progress tools.  I never realized how spoiled I was!!!  It's a lot of work to set stuff up in HST, BUT it's so worth it once it's in there!  I've also kept track with my own Excel file, but I needed something more professional for the high school records.

I'm not really scared of high school - I'm actually having fun re-learning, or learning, things along with DS.  The high school level courses we're using are Apologia Biology, Teaching Textbooks Algebra I (soon to be Geometry), and Science Roots (correlates to Bio).

JC



Last Edited on: 6/5/08 9:36 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/5/2008 7:26 AM ET
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JC,

You are exactly right. Homeschooling my teens has made me realize how poor my own education really was. High school is actually easier than the younger levels for me.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:26 PM ET
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JC,

If I'm understanding you correctly HST+ is a flat fee?  Or is it a yearly fee?  That's the one I've been looking at but I'm having a hard time deciding if it's worth spending the money.  I know I sound horribly cheap!! lol :-) But If I could put all the money I've spent on things that I thought was going to work.......Ya know!  So I've been putting the decision off  but with one entering the 8th grade I know I'm probably going to need something. 

And Angela, I am a nervous wreck about teaching high school, but until God tells me that I'm not supposed to be doing HS, I figure he'll give me the strength to make it through!! :-)

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:35 PM ET
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What does + offer that basic does not? I use basic and love it. It's a lot of work, like you said, to input all the stuff, but it sure makes for handy daily routine and record keeping.

Why is the + worth $49? What else does it do? I'm cheap, too, so I hadn't even considered buying the +. Should I?

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 4:43 PM ET
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Stacey -

HST+ is $49 to purchase ONE TIME, and for that, you receive lifetime updates and upgrades.  Homeschool Minder (very easy to input and looks nice) is $39.95 per YEAR.  Edu-Track is $59, and then yearly upgrades cost $15/year, and a Palm version is $20 more.  Plus, you have to pay $1.99 for each lesson plan.  With HST, they are free from the user group/forum, or any friend, etc.

Michelle -

The HST Plus does sooooo much more!  Take into consideration, though, that I'm a serious datahead!  I've been working with Plus so long, I can't recall what the "add ons" are.  Whatever they are, I like them!  I wasn't too happy with Basic.

Here's the link from their site listing the additional features:

www.homeschooltracker.com/tracker_plus.aspx

All the reports are what I love the most - again, DataHead speaking here.  :-)

EDITED TO ADD:  I didn't know this until I purchased it, but if you download the HST Plus user manual from their site, you can see all the things it does (and also how much work it is).



Last Edited on: 6/9/08 4:44 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 5:03 PM ET
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Wow! It has a lot of stuff on there. It might be too much data for me. It does look SO PRETTY though. Hmm.

Maybe next year.

Date Posted: 6/9/2008 5:34 PM ET
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My daughter will be starting ninth grade in the fall, and I'm actually looking forward to it.  (Of course, that's probably because my sanguine personality is bored with this year's school, and would rather think about next year's...)  :)

I've spent the past few years looking into and practicing different record-keeping systems and reading up on high school transcripts.  I'm sure I've spent more time on this than I had to--but the internet makes researching so much fun, and there are so many fun books out there!  :)  What could I do?

After all of that, I've still been keeping information in a 3-ring binder, and using a REALLY simple Excel file to keep grades in.  Of course, your reviews make the software sound so fun, I may have to convince my husband that we NEED it. 

Keep posting, moms-of-high-schoolers!  It's encouraging that others are taking this road, too. :)

Dana

Date Posted: 6/10/2008 6:25 PM ET
Member Since: 10/2/2007
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Ladies,

Thank you for all your responses - i needed the encouragement.  I'm definitely going to check out some of your recommendations.  I'm just so afraid of wasting MORE money; I can't tell you how much money I wish I hadn't spent over the years - I'm sure you can relate!

Stacy - you're right about the Lord's equipping.  I have a feeling I'll be desperately on my knees this year - right where I should be.

Blessings!

Ange