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Editor's Note from Susan Richman: I was so delighted to receive this article from Andrew Min, one of my longterm favorite AP Online students, sharing about what taking part in many of our AP Online classes has meant to him and the impact they've had on his future. I've also have the wonderful opportunity to meet Andrew several times-- when he was just a freshman and taking my AP US History class, he joined about 8 of his fellow virtual classmates for a real life field trip to the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia. He also came for several years to the end-of-year AP Party we hold each Memorial Day weekend here at our farm-- this includes a square dance called by my husband, as well as a swing dance led by one of the students. One year Andrew didn't think he'd be able to make it-- he had a slight cold, and things were busy at home. The other students, though, couldn't imagine an AP Party without Andrew, and immediately called him by phone at his home in New Jersey-- and Andrew showed up with his wonderful family the next day! His family was quite touched that 'virtual' classmates could form such good frienship. It's been such a blessing getting to know our AP Online students-- and to see them also making connections through other activities like homeschool debate (my AP US History students this year sent me a photo where about 11 of them met up at a National Debate Tournament!). And AP Online kids have been know to run into each other at college admissions events, too-- one year two AP students in my class even opted to room together as freshmen at Hillsdale College, and they'd both benefited from meeting another fellow student who was already on campus. Networking at its best!
Andrew Min meeting an AP US History classmate the next year at a debate tournament
In the seven AP classes that I’ve taken from PA Homeschoolers, the average class score was 4 or 5 (out of 5) on the College Board-administered exam. Considering that the passing score is usually a 3, that’s quite a feat. The score disparity is no coincidence. It’s a direct result of rigorous AP classes by an established provider that’s been around for over fifteen years.
I've taken seven APs from PA Homeschoolers, and for the most part, they have been wonderful experiences. AP US History with Mrs. Richman, AP Macroeconomics with Dr. Richman, AP English Language with Mrs. Inspektor, and AP English Literature with Mrs. Green were all superb classes. AP World History with Mrs. Harrison and AP Calculus AB with Mrs. Gilleran were two of the hardest classes I’ve ever taken, but both produced excellent score results for almost every single student.
Something that I’ve particularly appreciated about PA Homeschoolers is the teachers. First, for the most part, they’re wonderful instructors. I still remember concepts from Mrs. Richman’s APUSH “dinner parties” way back in freshman year. There certainly are some exceptions, but for the most part, excellent teaching is the rule, not the exception. Second, they’re wonderful people. For example, I traveled a lot during the school year thanks to debate tournaments, choir tours, and college visits. All my teachers were extremely flexible in allowing me to work ahead and modify my schedule as needed.
PA Homeschoolers also prepares students for college admissions. Two common suggestions for homeschoolers permeate college admissions websites, especially those of selective schools: submit AP scores and submit outside teacher recommendations. PA Homeschoolers provides homeschoolers the opportunities to do both. As noted above, students’ AP scores tend to be much higher than the national average. And because all the classes are taught in a classroom environment, PA Homeschoolers teachers are perfect college recommenders.
Finally, PA Homeschooler's collegiate track record is superb. I’ve personally taken classes with students who went on to attend Ivies like Cornell, Brown, Princeton and Dartmouth, as well as selective non-Ivies like MIT, Emory, Washington University in St. Louis, Colby, Washington & Lee, Duke, University of Virginia, Northeastern, Hillsdale, and Davidson. Again, that kind of track record is no coincidence.
In the fall, I’ll walk through the FitzRandolph gates at Princeton University, where I’ll be pursuing a Bachelor of Arts, most likely in political science or public affairs. I won’t be alone; two former classmates from PA Homeschoolers will be joining me, after turning down offers from schools like Middlebury, Dartmouth, Emory, Vanderbilt, Georgetown, and American. It’s unlikely that the three of us got in solely because we took PA Homeschoolers classes; many other factors were certainly involved. But given that practically every other student at Princeton has taken multiple APs, PA Homeschoolers certainly didn’t hurt.
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