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How many hours of homework are required for each class?

All classes require 4-6 hours of homework every week.  4-5 hours is the assignment goal, but it is best to plan for up to 6 hours in case it is needed. Naturally, the student's writing level may affect the time it takes to complete at-home assignments.  


Since both AP classes meet more often than the Pre-AP class, the total hours of commitment each week are slightly greater.


We do not assign homework over Thanksgiving, Christmas, and spring break.

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When can I put AP on my homeschoolers high school transcript?

AP is a registered trademark of the College Board, and only AP teachers approved by the College Board can use the AP logo. So, a parent may only designate a class as AP on a transcript if the child is enrolled in a class taught by an AP certified teacher, such as the AP English Language Class or AP Human Geography class at Blaze University.   

How does a student earn college credit with an AP course?

The AP tests are administered every May according to specific dates that the College Board sets. The AP test is scored from 1-5. 


The college or university where your student attends decides according to their policy how much credit is awarded, if any, according to the score on the AP test. Typically, a college gives 3 or 4 credits for a score of 3 and awards 5 or 6 credits for a score of 4 or 5. So, it is common for a student to receive the equivalent of 2 college classes for 1 high score on the AP test. But there is no guarantee of credit awarded. 


The Lone Star Community College system awards credit for 2 English courses for a score of 3 on the AP English Language exam.


You must check with the college of your choice to verify their specific AP policy. However, more colleges award credit for AP tests than award credit for community college dual credit.  

I'm not sure we need the college credit. Would the AP class still be a good fit for my child?

Yes.  


Besides the benefits of college credit, our AP classes are excellent classes on their own, preparing your student for the intense demands of college and beyond. Even if the student doesn’t need the college credit, our AP classes will equip the student with superior reading, writing, and thinking skills—from a biblical worldview.


What's more, with or without an AP test, an AP designated class adds prestige and credibility to a transcript, especially a homeschool transcript. An AP class shows the college that the student is willing to brave challenges rather than playing it safe. It testifies to the student’s goals and mindset, all things that admissions officers are looking for, not just in the admission process but also in the scholarship selection.  

Does my child need to take the Pre-AP English class before the AP English class? What are the prerequistes, if any, for all the classes?

Students do not need to take the Pre-AP class before the AP English class, but they do need to obtain teacher approval before registering for the AP English class.  There are no prerequistes for the Pre-AP class, except that students know the basics of writing a standard 5-paragraph essay.


Students entering the AP English Language class must have their writing examined and approved by the AP teacher. Simply contact us to get that started. 


For the AP Human Geography, there are no prerequistes. The students need simply to be able to read college-level texts and apply the conventions of standard English in their writing. 

How do I know which class, the AP English or the Pre-AP English, is the best fit for my child?

This is a great question. The goal is the same for the student, the parent, and the teacher: for the student to thrive in the class which best suits that student at that time. 


If a student is not challenged enough, the class could be boring and the student may develop negative attitudes about language arts. On the other hand, if a class is too challenging, the student may be tempted to feel frustrated and shut down, again, developing negative attitudes towards learning language arts. 


Blaze University is all about kids loving to read and write! So, with this in mind, finding the best fit depends on a two main factors—the student’s reading and writing level and the student’s desire to be challenged. 


The student’s reading and writing level is best assessed by the AP English teacher (see the previous question). But as a general guideline, students ready for the AP class should be reading and writing at a 10th grade level or above. A student in 10th grade may be suited best for either the Pre-AP or AP class, however in public schools students usually take the AP English Language class in 11th grade. 


For the Pre-AP class, students will generally need to be reading and writing at least at an 8th grade level. 


Even if your student meets the prerequisite for the AP class, you may still decide the Pre-AP would be a better fit for that year, and then the AP class could be taken the following year. It is perfectly normal that some college-ready students would benefit from waiting one more year for the challenge and rigor of the AP class. 


If you are still unsure after considering all of this, please contact us so we can talk it over with you.  We are always happy to answer any questions.



 

Are these English classes meant to be stand-alone classes or to complement other language arts studies?

The Pre-AP and AP English classes are both stand-alone classes, meaning they are each a complete course in reading and writing.  They also integrate some history, theology, and grammar.  However, depending on the needs of your student, you may want to supplement reading, grammar, handwriting, typing, and spelling if necessary.  You will not need, nor is it recommended, to add any additional writing because these classes specialize in writing.