I have been pondering a different direction for my son’s homeschool program. While my daughter is enjoying outside classes, my son is becoming bored and deciding they are a waste of time. For that reason, I have spent the day looking at online high schools that he could finish at his own pace. I figure he could still attend his monday fine arts and theater classes and do his own thing the rest of the week.
In addition to finishing high school at his own pace, I am also exploring the possibility of his beginning to study for and take CLEP courses. CLEP exams are a lot like AP exams with the exception that CLEP exams do not normally have classes that you take before taking the exam. You just study for it and take it. Like the AP courses, if you pass a CLEP course, most colleges will accept that as credit for the course, saving you money and time.
According to Homeschool.com, “The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) has not to date received as much attention in high-school circles as the AP. Originally designed for adults who wanted to “pass out of” courses that covered material they had learned through independent study or work experience, the 34 CLEP exams are less rigorous than the APs. Subjects covered are typical of what you’ll find first- and second-year courses at most “general” colleges, including a suite of business subject exams not found in the APs.”.
The reason I am looking at CLEP options instead of AP is that after making several phone calls, I found out that the local colleges in my area are not very homeschool friendly. To have access to a college level course in high school, my kid would have to enroll in a public school at home program, finish high school first, or wait until his senior year in high school.