WOW! I just paid for my first College class for my 16 year old son! Yesterday he took his Accuplacer test and passed with flying colors! So today we signed him up for his first class, which he will take over the Summer. It is an exciting time at our house!
Getting him into College at the age of 16 is something we have always worked towards. When he was in grade school we knew several homeschoolers who were going to College at 16 and we thought that would be a great advantage for our son. He is a very cerebral kid! We have always had to stay on our toes to keep up with him educationally! The last couple years he has worked VERY hard to get the bulk of his high school requirements completed. At this point we could probably graduate him if we wanted to. But at 16 that isn't something I am ready for! So having him dual enrolled is perfect for us. He can get the last few credits he needs for high school as he is getting College credit too!
Since the dual enrollment only allows him to take 2 classes at a time we are planning on having him work on "clepping" classes at the same time he is taking the dual enrollment classes. I haven't figured out all the details on clepping yet. But, I do know that there are books we can buy for him to study for the tests and then for $75.00 he can go take the test and when he passes it he gets full credit for the class. This will not only be a huge time saver, but a BIG money saver too! So if all goes according to plan when he graduates from homeschool at 18 he will have enough credits to begin his Junior year of College! The next 2 years he can basically devote to working on College credits.
So yesterday was an exciting day! I couldn't help but think of all the "naysayers" over the years who have sternly warned me that my poor children would never get into College because we homeschooled them! I never believed that for a moment! But, those nagging words were always in the back of my mind. (What is they were right?) But, in my heart I have always known we are following God's plan for our family. It was good to put any nagging thoughts to rest! I must add here that for the most part we have been really blessed with very supportive people around us for our homeschool journey. But, it still felt really amazing to have accomplished a goal we have worked towards for SO long! (My son and I had to do a little victory dance!) Truly it was an awesome day that we will all remember forever!
Of course we can also see God's hand all over this! One of the things that is not lost on me is that our unexpected move a year and a half ago put us in the right County for the College he will be attending. We only moved ONE MILE! But, if we were still at the old address we would have had to pay quite a bit more for him to go to this same school! God is in the details!
For more info on clepping click HERE.
This is a duplicate post from the blog I am writing with my 16 year old son called I Can Do It With Mom's Help. You can read more about our journey from homeschool to College HERE.