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MAGAZINE, August 1999. VOL. 6 ISSUE
By Sandra Redstone,
Parents and students, need information about home study in Taiwan?
Before leaving the states, I spent two months gathering information
about home-study programs. Catalogs were easy to come by, because
there are over a hundred distance learning programs out there.
But many are fairly new, and haven't had time to establish a track
record. Moreover, I wanted personal recommendations from overseas
parents, not hype from companies. I tried calling a few nationally-famous
school districts, only to connect with administrators who were as
much in the dark as I was. They begged me to call back later to
let them in on my findings.
Finally, I called the State Department in Washington, DC. Miraculously,
a week later I was able to speak with her on the phone. She told
me the State Department had kept track of which correspondence schools
overseas Americans preferred and offered to tell me the top 20 if
need be, but hoped I'd settle for the top three. These schools were
chosen for their educational excellence as well as their reasonable
tuition rates. "Give me the top three," I cried, "and
I'll be in your debt forever."
1) University of Nebraska, Lincoln; independent study high school;
voice: 404-472-4321; fax: 402-472-1901; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org;
web: www.unl.edu/conted/disted This school has a 70-year-old sterling
reputation, and tuition rates are about US$130 a month for a full
high school course. Even more incredible, they had a kind, intelligent
human being answer the phone and all my questions. I was able to
provide their address in detail because I brought their catalog
with me to Taiwan.
2) Texas Tech; phone (in the US): 1-800-my-course.
3) Keystone National High School in Pennsylvania
For more listings, refer to Peterson's Independent Study Catalog.INTERESTED?
I'm a certified high school/college teacher with endorsements in
language arts, social studies, and Oriental studies. My son still
needs to finish 11th and 12th grade in a home-study program. I just
learned that it is possible for home schoolers to work out arrangements
with Morrison Academy, for library usage and participation in some
extra-curricular sports and other activities.
Please contact me if we can help each other. I am looking for a
teacher/parent, strong in math and science, and would also like
to form a support group with other home-school parents/kids. Please
contact Sandra at email@example.com, or leave a message for
me with Douglas Habecker at the Compass/AmCham office, at (04) 2205-0443.