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6:30 – 8:30 p.m. February 28th
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by Kendall Watkins
Accreditation in the homeschool community is often misunderstood and sometimes controversial. Many families opt to have their student’s transcript accredited. Many do not. Still, some families choose accreditation for one student and not another. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to accreditation. Each family must evaluate its own philosophical, practical, and financial considerations when deciding whether or not to go the accredited route. There are no wrong or right decisions.
Many factors go into making this personal decision. Consider the following when making your choice:
- The Georgia Home Study Law does not require accreditation.
- All colleges and universities in both the University System of Georgia and Technical College System of Georgia accept unaccredited transcripts. Note: Evaluation of applications of unaccredited homeschool students may differ from that of accredited students. For example, standardized test scores may be weighted more heavily than GPA. Inquire.
- Unaccredited homeschool students are eligible for HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships as entering freshman, not retroactively as was the case in years past.
- Record keeping is required for both accredited and unaccredited transcripts.
- The vast majority of private Georgia and out-of-state colleges and universities accept unaccredited transcripts.
In addition to the above considerations, peruse several college websites to determine whether accreditation would be of any practical benefit to your student. Many college websites contain pages dedicated specifically to homeschool applicants. In the event information that will help you make an informed decision is unavailable, speak with an admissions representative.
If you need help determining how to evaluate whether you want your student to have an unaccredited or accredited transcript, or need help creating a transcript for your student(s), contact Kendall Watkins at email@example.com .
Disclaimer: This article does not provide legal advice and may not be relied upon as such. If you need legal advice, please contact an attorney directly.
“What is the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on? If you can not tolerate the planet it is on? Grade the ground first. If a man believes and expects great things of himself, it makes no odds where you put him, or what you show him…he will be surrounded by grandeur.”*
—H.D. Thoreau, Correspondence to H.G.O. Blake, 20 May 1860
With the quotation above as inspiration, respond to the following in 750 words or fewer:
What is a change you are passionate about seeing in the world? How can you “grade the ground first” to cultivate that change within yourself? How do the changes we make within ourselves make the world a better place?
*It was common practice in the 19th century to use masculine pronouns when describing the entirety of humankind. We use Thoreau’s quotation as it was written with the understanding that he was referring to all people. We encourage youth of all gender identities to participate in the Essay Contest.
Essay Contest Information and Timeline
Each year, the Live Deliberately Essay Contest invites youth around the world, ages 14-21, to consider a selected Henry David Thoreau quotation and accompanying prompt. Contestants are asked to write a thoughtful essay that uses personal experience and observation to demonstrate how that year’s quotation and prompt relate to their own lives and to the world around them. Like Thoreau, these young people use the power of their words to convey vivid stories, personal conviction and human compassion.
The contest has three age groups: 14-16, 17-18, and 19-21. One winner will be identified in each age group and will receive a $250 cash prize, plus an autographed special edition of Walden. Essays may also be selected to receive Honorable Mention in each age group, which will be awarded with an autographed special edition of Walden.
The deadline for essay submission is February 15. Each essay is reviewed by at least two readers and results are announced by the end of April.
Please read the Contest Guidelines for more information about the Contest and some tips to help you write your essay.
For information about past contest winners and to read their essays, click here.
Families are invited to enjoy an interactive Free Family Day at Children’s Museum of Atlanta on Wednesday, February 13. Presented by PNC Foundation and The Coca-Cola Foundation and supported by CareSource of Georgia.
Advance registration is required. Registration opens Tuesday, February 12 starting at 7 AM! Sign up for one of the following three sessions:
- Session One: 10 AM – 12:30 PM
- Session Two: 1 PM – 3:30 PM
- Session Three: 4 PM – 6:30 PM
Theme: Makers! Children will explore the museum and encounter different types of maker activities, working with the Museum’s special guests and staff and learning how to design, create and build.
You will also have the opportunity to explore the Museum floor as well as the new feature exhibit Run! Jump! Fly! Adventures in Action™.
The Museum will host three additional Family Free Days throughout 2019. For more information on this special day and how to register CLICK HERE.
The Atlanta Gladiators professional hockey team would like to invite your school to attend a special Education Day game on Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 10:35 am. This game is a great opportunity for a unique, affordable, and educational field trip for your entire school, for select grades or classes, or as a reward for student achievement! Here is an Official Student Curriculum Book for your use in planning this field trip, which offers an opportunity to learn more about the game of hockey, and with lessons in History, Geography, Mathematics, Science, and Physical Education. Our goal is to have engaging and educational displays and activities, along with an exciting hockey game, for your students to experience.
The cost of this Field Trip is only $5 per ticket for seating in our lower bowl. This price is for students, parent chaperones, and faculty. We will provide complimentary tickets for up to 2 teachers per class, as well as for each bus driver. Students may bring their lunches, or you can choose our ticket and lunch package option. As always, parking is free at the Infinite Energy Center. We will have a bus plan in place to drop students off at the gates before the buses park.
Gates will open at 9:35am. A typical hockey games lasts about 2 ½ hours, so departure time would be around 1:15-1:30, leaving time for student to get back to school in time for dismissal.
We will begin taking orders for Education Day immediately. We hope you’ll join us!
Please call our main office number at (770) 497-5100 to speak with any Account Executive to reserve your spot.
Register Here: https://store.atlantagladiators.com/education-day-th-p669.aspx
Nature is constantly changing, which makes it so interesting! In this session, you’ll learn how to observe changes in nature and interpret what they might mean.
The Citizen Science Homeschool Series for 2018-19 is open to students in grades K-5. Every month, students will learn about a different citizen science project, the issues surrounding the project and how they can get involved. In addition to learning about current issues in science, students will learn and practice observation, recording and communication skills.
Citizen Science Homeschool Series
September 20, 2018 Bumble Bee Watch
October 18, 2018 The Great Sunflower Project
November 15, 2018 What’s In Your Backyard
December 20, 2018 NASA Globe Observer
January 17, 2019 I See Change
February 21, 2019 Project FeederWatch
March 21, 2019 Project BudBurst
April 18, 2019 Georgia Adopt-A-Stream
Preregistration in advance of each program is required, so that we can ensure adequate staffing and program materials.
To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the Scholarship Application and a garden representative will contact you.
Garden Members General Public
Parent Free Parent $7.00
First Student $10.00 First Student $15.00
Additional Students $8.00 Additional Students $13.00
Children Under 5 Free Children Under 5 Free
Admission to this program gives you access to the gardens all day…great for a picnic lunch and independent study! Adults who are Members of Smith-Gilbert Gardens receive free admission. For further details or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Smith-Gilbert Gardens at (770) 919-0248.
Pre-registration is required. Please register online: Homeschool Series
Lockheed Martin Legend & Test Pilot Glenn Gray
When: 1/15 @ 6:30pm
When: 1/25 @ 10:30am.
This is a free event!
Black History Month Events
Cobb County PARKS, Senior Services, Government Service Centers
Australian Open Novice Tournament
We will have prizes, food, drinks and some Down Under Fun!
This is an entry level novice tournament for first time tournament players
Date: Saturday, January 26, 2019 (one day only)
Deadline to enter: January 23, 2019
Draws will be posted on January 24, 2019
*This is a non-elimination tournament designed for a positive and successful intro to tournament play. Champions and finalist will receive medals and all players will receive prizes. This tournament is designed so that the players can go back to their program having positive success and encouragement to carry back with them.
*Parent/coaching is allowed after each game is complete for one min.
*Please encourage your young players to join in on the fun!
To sign up call:
Sweetwater Tennis Center 770-819-3221 or 770-819-3222.
For more information call Tony Oswald at 334-303-6306