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There are many educational opportunities available to home educators today. When considering the options available, inspect carefully the differences between programs. Many academic programs claim to be the best or most rigorous or most effective. How are these claims substantiated? Is there data available or are these claims merely opinion? At Equip, we believe in quantifying our success. When we say our students are obtaining the best education possible, we back it up. We recommend that prospective parents ask each program the following questions.
Grades How do I know if my home educated student is succeeding?  Without accountability and objective grading, determining student progress becomes almost impossible. Equip students are required to turn in assigned homework and all homework is graded. Equip instructors spend countless hours grading student assignments such as tests, homework, and writing assignments. Feedback and accountability are indispensable elements of the educational process. Equip students earn a grade in each class and an overall GPA. Equip also stands steadfastly against grade inflation. If your student is an "A" student at Equip, it is very likely they will be anywhere.
Admissions Office To what colleges and universities have your graduates been admitted?  One of the best measures of a program of home education is the final result. At Equip, we are proud to say that our students gain admission to some of the best colleges and universities in the country. Recent graduates have been admitted to Emory University, University of Miami, University of Florida, Virginia Military Institute, NYU Polytechnic, University of North Florida, Mississippi State, Pepperdine, Hillsdale College, FAU, and others. The proof is in the pudding. Equip graduates get admitted!
AP Does the program offer any preparation for AP tests?  Don't settle for less! Did you know that if a student scores a 3 or higher on 3 different AP tests, they receive a certificate from the College Board designating them an "AP Scholar"? Equip students have the opportunity to prepare for two AP exams: AP World History in 10th grade and AP Biology in 11th grade. Universities want AP Scholars and your student can be one at Equip. Additionally, AP tests validate the home education transcript. Colleges know that parent-produced transcripts do not have the same level of objectivity as public or private school transcripts. AP tests validate a high GPA!
How does the program inspire math and science students?  Equip Education maintains a competitive robotics effort called Project CIPHER. Students learn programming and engineering design, while building and programming a robot for competition in the VEX robotics league. There are over 5000 teams from 20 countries competing in hundreds of local tournaments all over the world. If a team earns enough points in local competitions, it earns the right to participate in the VEX World Championship. Participation on Project CIPHER team is a great way for students to apply math and science skills while learning computer science, mechanical engineering, and teamwork. Check out the team here.
Online Tutoring What about mid-week tutoring?  For some students, one hour per week of math and science instruction is just not enough due to the conceptual demands of the material. Equip maintains a mid-week online tutoring lab for each math and science class. Students log into an online classroom where they are able to see the whiteboard and hear their teacher. The teacher is able to hear student questions and comments and spends the lab answering questions and solving challenging homework problems from that week's lesson. Students and parents report that the mid-week lab is an indispensable aid to high student achievement.
AP College Advising  Equip Education students get into college! But that doesn't mean it is easy. Successful college application contain multiple elements which must all be presented carefully to achieve the desired effect. Equip Education counsels our families through this process. We hold seminars for our families each year, supply the necessary forms and training, and stand ready to provide feedback through the process. Don't go through it alone. Don't make an experiment of your first child. Join Equip and get the advice and support you need.
Admissions Office Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA)  Equip Education maintains its own HSLDA group. Once you have a student in Equip Education, you are free to move your HSLDA membership to the Equip group or start a new HSLDA membership with our group. Whether or not you continue with Equip or graduate out your student, you are welcome to remain in our HSLDA group for as long as you like. If you are not sure whether or not you want to join, we assure you that you do! From the HSLDA Website: "Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their children and to protect family freedoms. We provide homeschooling-related legal advice and representation to our 84,000+ member families, promote homeschool-friendly legislation at the state and federal levels, and offer information and resources to encourage and support all homeschoolers." Feel free to ask us about joining the Equip HSLDA group. You get a $20 annual discount on HSLDA dues!!
Transcript Do I receive any help building a convincing transcript for college?  Producing a convincing transcript for a homeschooler is quite a challenge. Equip boosts families over this obstacle in several ways: 1) Equip maintains a cumulative transcript on each student that includes all academic work completed with Equip, 2) we advise families on how to convert the Equip transcript into a home education transcript which includes elements outside the Equip program, and 3) we offer additional effective strategies to families applying to college. Additionally, we never send an Equip transcript to anyone but the parent. Equip is not a school, therefore we do not respond to requests for transcripts except from parents of our students. Ultimately, the information on the Equip transcript is still within your control since the parent is responsible for the student's education under Florida law.
Graduation Is there a graduation ceremony for my student?   Each May, Equip conducts an annual commencement ceremony. Students love to walk across the stage in the presence of their closest friends and family. We make it a reality. We are excited to celebrate our Seniors and a job well done in an environment of worship and family!
Faith Besides instruction, how does the program support my child's faith?  Research tells us that one of the best ways for a young person to internalize their faith is to have a ministry of their own. We make this a reality. The Equip student ministry offers the opportunity to serve foster children, volunteer at our host churches, and support children battling cancer. Additionally, Equip students meet and interact with active-duty missionaries at least three times per year. Our students listen to their stories, present them a love-offering out of money they've raised, and gather around to lay hands on and pray for them.
SAT What about the SAT?  Standardized testing is very important to home educators. We help families plan and prepare for the PSAT and the SAT throughout 9th, 10th, and 11th grades. A weekend crash course for the SAT doesn't really help. The way to prepare for the SAT is through a small amount of regular preparation over a long period of time. That is how we do it. Please read about our strategy here.
Community College How does the program relate to dual-enrollment?  Before Equip, many home educators dual-enrolled for two reasons: first, parents needed assistance teaching advanced classes and second, the dual-enrollment grades proved the homeschooler was a capable student. Since Equip instructors handle the advanced classes and transcript validation is obtained through SAT scores and AP and SAT subject tests, dual-enrollment becomes much more about student goals. If a student desires to attend a four-year college outside the State of Florida university system, dual enrollment credits are not as valuable since many of those credits will not transfer to non-Florida state schools and college admission officers greatly prefer high AP and SAT subject test scores to dual enrollment credits. If a student plans to remain local after graduation from high school and/or enroll in a Florida state school, dual enrollment credits will transfer and become quite valuable, especially since they were obtained without tuition fees. It is important to think carefully about student goals prior to making decisions about dual-enrollment. Keep in mind that dual-enrollment classes may be problematic due to the quality of education and the worldviews of the instructors and other students. Equip classrooms have the elements essential to a top-quality education: a Christian worldview, committed instructors, the best instructional materials available, and the other like-minded students. During the last two years of the program, Equip literature and social studies curricula blossom into important group discussions that solidify both a Christian worldview and friendships that last a lifetime.


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