Register for PSEO
The 2016-17 PSEO registration forms are probably available on college websites at this point. I would suggest starting the registration process now whether or not you and your student have decided on PSEO for the fall. By the time you get all the papers together and sent in, and they get back to you with Accu-Placer dates, and you get the earliest date for PSEO orientation, it will be April. (How time flies when you're having so much fun!)
My philosophy on PSEO in high school
I aimed to have my children participate in the PSEO program starting in 11th grade. That meant developing a plan for 7th through 10th grades and trying to keep them on pace so they would be prepared for rigorous college classes in 11th and 12th.
Some days I thought we wouldn’t make it, like with the child who couldn’t write a complete sentence or comprehend a science textbook in 7th grade. I am happy to report that he has since gone on to get his Master’s degree in electrical engineering and wrote a 100-page thesis, but while sitting on the couch with him taking turns reading the biology textbook aloud in 9th grade, I truly wondered if he would ever make it.
Students develop quickly in high school, so even if your 10th grader seems a universe away from “college material,” keep all the doors of opportunity open for the fall of his junior year. When August comes, you can always decide NOT to participate in the PSEO program, but if you haven’t prepared the way by starting to apply now, you can’t decide to participate once August comes.
One caution regarding online PSEO courses: these work well for some students, but others find this method of learning frustrating. In many cases, online courses end up being more work than the classroom courses because the students are required to learn the material by reading rather than through lecture and discussion. Online courses are a “last resort” at our house.
If you would like help navigating through this option and maximizing this benefit, email, call, or text me to schedule a one-hour session ($40) targeting the specific situation of your student. 952-220-3161