Jedediah Purdy is a law professor at Duke University and the author of several popular books on American culture and history. His first book, For Common Things: Irony, Trust, and Commitment in America Today, was published in 1999, when Purdy was a 24 year old law student at Yale University, and made him something of an intellectual and political celebrity. Purdy, who is known for his earnest demeanor and unabashed concern for things that matter, described the book as “one young man’s letter of love for the world’s possibilities.” Purdy’s parents were self-described hippies seeking an honest, simple, rural life when they moved from Pennsylvania to a farm in West Virginia shortly before he was born. They named their little boy after Jedediah Strong Smith, the famed mountain man and Western explorer of the 19th century. Purdy was homeschooled until age 13, eventually making his way to Exeter and then Harvard University, before completing his law degree at Yale. A “wildly popular” teacher at Duke, Purdy recently finished a book on the nature and origins of private property.
Armed Forces Jobs & Military Jobs
Apply Online! Find A Armed Forces Job Or Employment Application
Each day, the brave men and women of our armed forces keep this country safe and protect civilians from threats we don’t even know about. Exciting career opportunities are waiting for those willing to join our armed forces and the United States government can offer tuition assistance and the chance to see the world.
There are an astounding amount of benefits and different jobs waiting for you in any branch of our military. One of the greatest advantages is that the armed forces are always hiring. Every branch is constantly looking to hire young minds to help safeguard our nation. Another amazing benefit is that you can gain real world experience and veteran’s benefits that can help you fulfill your career goals.
Now more than ever, our brave men and women need your help. You can apply online for the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard, and National Guard. Whether your passion is demolitions, speaking a foreign language, learning about other cultures, fixing and piloting helicopters, or breaking codes, there are jobs waiting for you in the military. Behind a desk or in the field, if you have a need to serve your country, want to see the world, and make money to accomplish your dreams, then the United States military wants you!
As a homeschooler, your child is eligible to dual enroll in many colleges. Please contact the college of your choice for more information. Make sure to read their requirements and definition of dual enrollment as the vocabulary may differ. What you may consider dual enrollment may be something entirely different to them and vice versa. Generally they will ask that Everest Academy sign off on a permission form. Please obtain this form and send it to Everest Academy along with an addressed stamped envelope to the location you would like it sent. We are happy to assist you in this process at no charge.
College Admission Guide
To go to college or not to go to college? That is the question. If your answer is yes, then odds are you are pretty confused right about now. Well, you are not alone. There are so many variables involved when it comes to how to prepare for college and when. The main key to college preparation is organization. That's where this guide comes in.
What To Do & When
- Take a look at the 3 levels of diplomas and decide which one you think you might want to work towards.
- Consider taking the PLAN test (pre-ACT test) and/or PSAT/NMSQT (the practice SAT). The results will help you focus on areas that need improvement.
- Print out the check off list of requirements.
- Keep records of all classes and activities on a blank transcript form.
- Look at your personal interests for fulfilling elective credits.
- Register to take the ACT and SAT at least once, preferably during the spring.
- Extracurricular and leadership activities are important so become involved, but also remember that colleges prefer quality over quantity.
- If you haven’t done so already, compile a list of all of your honors, awards, activities, volunteer work, and jobs. This will be useful when it’s time to create a resume and fill out applications. Keep a running list; nothing is too small to list.
- Start looking at different colleges and their websites keeping in mind such variables as tuition, location, and size.
- Attend Birmingham’s National College Fair in the fall.
- Continue to develop your list of possible college choices. Check out their websites and request materials for prospective students.
- Register to take the ACT and SAT at least once, preferably during the fall.
- Begin your scholarship search.
- Begin narrowing your college choices and schedule campus visits, tours and interviews.
- Update your list of awards, achievements, activities, etc., and use it to create a resume.
- If appropriate to your interests, begin developing portfolios, audition tapes, writing samples, or other evidence of talents required for college admission and/or scholarships.
- If you have not taken the SAT and/or ACT or need to re-take tests, do so early in the fall.
- Decide which colleges you will apply to, and gather all application materials for admission and for scholarships/financial aid.
- Be sure you know each college’s procedures and priority deadlines for scholarship and financial aid applications.
- Organize your college files, so you won’t miss any deadlines.
- Approach mentors and teachers for recommendation letters.
- If you haven’t already, request that ACT and SAT send your official test scores to the colleges to which you are applying.
- Continue to look for outside scholarship opportunities.
- Submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon after January 1 as possible.
- Notify your chosen college about any outside scholarships you receive.
How to Apply to College
- Many colleges prefer the Common Application.
- Students should look at applications early to know what is expected of them. Many applications may be filled out online.
- There is no disadvantage to using the online Common Application or an individual school’s online application. In fact, most schools prefer online applications, and many offer incentives (such as reduced or waived application fees) to encourage their use.
- If you prefer a paper application to an online application, you may download and print the application form or request a paper copy through the college’s website. Most application forms are available by July or early August.
- If using a paper application, be sure to proofread it and make a copy for your files.
- Some colleges or universities require letters of recommendation. Ask for these in advance.
Critical Things to Remember
- Search for schools that are right for you.
- Keep an open mind.
- Visit as many campuses as possible, as early as possible.
- Organize files of all college-related materials (applications, resumes, ACT/SAT information, letters from schools, passwords for websites, etc.).
- Ask for recommendation letters at least a month in advance.
- Give time and attention to applications. Neatness counts. Keep copies of everything you submit. Keep up with the passwords you establish for online applications.
- Follow directions.
- Proofread everything.
- Meet deadlines.
STARS stands for Statewide Transfer & Articulation Reporting System. STARS is a web-accessible database system which provides guidance and direction for prospective transfer students in the State of Alabama. The STARS System allows public two-year students in Alabama to obtain a Transfer Guide/Agreement for the major of their choice. This guide/agreement, if used correctly, guides the student through their first two years of coursework and prevents loss of credit hours upon transfer to the appropriate public four-year university in Alabama. Although transfer guides/agreements can only be printed for two-year to four-year transfers, the STARS system can still provide guidance and direction to transfer students who have a different transfer situation.
Everyone knows there is an exorbitant amount of free information online, especially for homeschoolers. The problem can be trying to sort through all the info so you can use the good stuff, and toss out the bad. Well, that’s what I’m here for, to help sort through the overload of information and provide you with the most relevant and helpful resources I find, all to make your job easier.
Confused about how to award high school credits to earn a high school diploma? Don't worry, you are not alone!
First, a little perspective... It is important to remember that you aren’t taking classes just to get out of high school. Knowledge is power and is its own reward. It is also important to keep in mind any post high school plans you may have. Students planning on going into the military or attending a trade school, certificate program, community college or a four-year public or private university should research the credits needed for entrance and to be well prepared for success once there.
There are generally two different methods used to determine high school credits; curricula completion and Carnegie Credit Units or a combination of the two.
- Curricula Completed: If you are using a set curricula, a general rule of thumb is that you can award a credit in that subject upon completion of at least 75% of the curricula.
- Carnegie Credit Units: One credit of high school equals 120 - 180 hours of class work, labs, research, independent reading, review, and field trips.
- Combination: Most homeschoolers award credits using a combination of curricula completed and Carnegie Credit Units. Carnegie Credit Units awards credits on time spent and not material covered. Most homeschoolers award credit by the quality of the work completed, not just the time spent. Some students work at a fast pace, while others take more time. Many homeschool students are bogged down using the traditional school methods for awarding credit. Their goal is knowledge of the subject taught, not just to spend a certain amount of time on the subject.
- College Dual Enrollment - One semester of any college class equals one high school credit.
When Do You Start Awarding High School Credits?
At Everest Academy, you can start awarding high school credits as early as the 7th grade as long as you are using high school level materials. This is especially true with electives. The final transcript at graduation for college purposes will reflect only the 9th-12th grades, so all high school credits earned from 7th grade and up will be incorporated in the 9th-12th grade transcript. High school is more about fulfilling credit requirements than grade levels. Starting early just means that you can take your time and do it right or that your child can do more advanced courses as needed.
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