Resources for Your Teens

These resources have a cost. There are some things we just can’t get for free. I think these things are of value or I wouldn’t share them with you.

Trade School Programs

Hire Cause

Here’s my interview with David Dvorkin, founder of Hire Cause.

We will be running this leadership program through our own site starting this winter. I want to make sure everyone has access to this opportunity. Students will be partnering with a local business (where you are) in order to raise money for a non-profit. Stay tuned! Here’s the first peek.

Saylor.org

More than 30 free courses that you can get college credit. There are no teachers, just materials. Then you take the proctored test (for a cost) and the course is approved for ACE or NCCRS credit.

Ed4Credit

For under $200, you get a college course along with all materials. In this way, it’s cheaper than community college, even with discounts for high schoolers. It’s in some ways like EP, just not as fun. It’s online readings, videos, quizlets. You go through the online course at your own pace over four months. At the end you take a test and get approved for ACE credit if you get just 50% or higher on the test. You can even retake the test. Our experience is that it’s basically a full-proof way to get credit if you put any effort into the course. My 11th grader did his course in a month. My 8th grader took the full four months. They had no trouble with the final. The one older son knew every answer and finished in minutes! The final is taken AT HOME! They were proctored online.

This is basically teaching to the test, which isn’t what you want if you are seeking a career that’s really based on a college education. If you are looking for quick, easy, cheap college credit, this is a great way to go. It’s not a college. It just gives you credit, like taking a CLEP test. They list on their site the colleges that guarantee acceptance of these credits, though some may only accept certain courses.

Study.com

For the same price as Ed4Credit you get just ONE MONTH instead of four months to complete a course and take the test for credit (ACE credit). It can be done. My 17-year-old had no trouble doing that. It was very STRESSFUL fitting in the course for my 13-year-old. We had it planned out and then he realized it said you can’t take the final during the last three days of your time! BE WARNED! He squeezed it in, but the month-long time limit is a lot more stressful than having four months through Ed4Credit to complete a course at your leisure (for the same price). The lessons on this site are based on videos and follow-up quizzes. There are placement tests that are supposed to show you what you already know, but you can’t skip lessons. You have to pass each quiz before it lets you take the final exam. One benefit of these ACE credits is that you get to take the final exam at home! It is proctored online.

There is another option with Study.com. They have CLEP prep materials. You then take the test elsewhere when you are done. This is much cheaper. We have an Easy Peasy discount for just the first three months, so cancel after that and sign up again! Our coupon code is All-In-One-Homeschool. It’s good on the CLEP and DSST membership of $60 a month and is good for 20% off (so $48 a month).

The CLEP test itself may cost $85 to take. This is the cheaper option (around $135 for a course). One course of action to consider: at the end of each high school year, buy a membership and focus full time on studying for these tests, using the placement test to just study what you need to and taking the tests for each core high school course you took, hopefully taking all the tests within a month or two. This would involve cramming, but would be the cheapest course of action. Each summer you could pay around $450 total for 12 college credits.

ONE BIG “HOWEVER”: you can get CLEP practice tests free online and study on your own. There is a CLEP link on most courses to where you can learn what’s on the test. Study.com would teach you to the test and the quizzes would show you know the material.

 

*Study.com and Ed4Credit each gave my children a free course to try. Ed4Credit gave me an affiliate link as well.