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- Advanced Placement Program
- Choices for High School: The International Baccalaureate (IB) and the Advanced Placement Program (AP) - Family Liaison Office, Department of State.
- International Baccalaureate (IB) Programs in the Washington, DC, area - Mid-Atlantic Association of IB World Schools
- International Baccalaureate Organization - Information on the IB Diploma, Middle Years, and the Primary Years Programmes.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
AFSA Scholarship Program - The American Foreign Service Association offers academic and art merit awards and financial ait scholarships to dependent of Foreign Service personnel.
FastWEB - Scholarship information, check your fastWEB mailbox, focus on scholarship and loan information, and link to the FinAid Page.
Federal Student Aid - Information on Federal student aid programs with help for every step in the financial aid process.
Sallie Mae - With categories like Planning for College, Apply for a Loan, Manage Your Loans, Student Loan Finder, Sallie Mae tackles the nuts and bolts of obtaining grants in a well-organized and easy-to-understand fashion.
Cynthia Good's College and Career Planning - A good resource for career planning and study skills with links compiled by the Bridgewater-Raynham School District, MA.
Student Scholarship Search - Scholarship Resource Network Express with access to a free data base on scholarships.
Distance Learning - There are many schools/colleges/universities that offer distance learning courses. Below are a few of the many resources available.
- University of Nebraska-Lincoln - A full curriculum of high school courses, including AP courses in English, computer science and U.S. history, in print and online formats leading to a diploma.
- Texas Tech University Extended Studies
- Indiana University Distance Learning
- About - links to distance learning online directories.
- www.jhu.edu/~gifted - Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth, offering summer academic programs, distance education programs, etc.
- http://tlcischool.org/ - The Learning Community International offers distance learning from kindergarten through grade 12.
- www.mdlp.org - the Mesa Distance Learning Program is sponsored by the Mesa Public Schools in Mesa, Arizona and offers students nationwide electronic instruction in grades 7-12 leading to a high school diploma.
Overseas Educational Systems
- Australia, Australian Capital Territory - Information on schools, services, programs, policies, publications and resources: www.det.act.gov.au/.
- Australia, New South Wales - Information on private and state schools, www.schoolchoice.com.au.
- Australia - Information on private schools. Searchable indices by school name, curriculum, special needs, boarding schools, alternative education and religion. www.privateschoolsdirectory.com.au
- Belgium - Information on the Educational System in Flanders.
- France - Information on French Government schools around the world.
- The Embassy of France's site, in Washington, DC, has a description of the French educational system with links on additional educational information.
- Italy, Rome International Schools' Association with links to private international schools in Rome.
Relocation and Third Culture Kids
- Bouncing Back: Transition and Re-entry Planning for the Parents of Foreign Service Youth - the revised, abbreviated edition of According to My Passport I’m Coming Home. Bouncing Back shares information, resources, support mechanisms, and tools that will help you build a healthy, strong foundation for your TCK as he/she goes through the transition home.
- Foreign Service Youth Foundation
- Families in Global Transition - Resources for families moving internationally and living interculturally.
Guide to State Residency - assists families and students residing overseas in clarifying their status regarding state residency requirements for U.S. college admission: professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/international/state.
Public Schools in the Washington, DC, Area
- Alexandria: www.acps.k12.va.us
- Arlington County: www.arlington.k12.va.us
- Fairfax County: www.fcps.k12.va.us
- Falls Church: http://www.fccps.org
- Howard County: www.howard.k12.md.us
- Montgomery County: www.mcps.k12.md.us
- Prince George's County: www.pgcps.pg.k12.md.us
- Prince William County: www.pwcs.edu
- Washington, DC: www.k12.dc.us
- Roots & Shoots - A global program, developed by the Jane Goodall Institute, to engage and inspire youth of all ages through service-learning projects in the areas of the Environment, Animals, and the Human Community.
- LessonsForHope.org - A new curriculum for high school students, developed by the Jane Goodall Institute, to help them recognize their personal values and encourage them to translate those values into activities that benefit their communities.
- Courage to Change provides resources for parents, teachers, and counselors to help children, aged three to twelve, deal with common problems.
- www.eduhound.com - Education information for grades K-12, including links to home schooling sites, standards by state, safety and health, etc.
- www.learner.org/students - Part of the Annenberg Foundation offering educational activities for students that they can enjoy at home.
- www.scholastic.com - offers publications, activities, information advice as well as games, contests and books for children.
- Math Olympiad http://www.moems.org/
Annual World Championship competition for High School Students.
- First Lego League www.firstlegoleague.org
Student teams design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology.
Classroom competition in Language Arts for students in grades 3-12.
- Wordly Wise 3000 www.amazon.com and www.homeschoolsupercenter.com
Program designed to improve and increase vocabulary through fun exercises.
- Odyssey of the Mind www.odysseyofthemind.com
International educational program providing creative problem solving opportunities for
Student teams from Kinder through College.
- PeaceCorps - www.peacecorps.gov/wws/
Resources based on Peace Corps volunteer experiences.
- Prufrock Press Inc. www.prufrock.com
A great website for resources for the gifted (i.e. Workbooks, books, enrichment units,
journals and magazines).
- Virginia Center for Digital History http://www.vcdh.virginia.edu
This site promotes the teaching and learning of history using digital technologies.
Some of the research projects and programs on the site are: Valley of the Shadow (Civil
War), Virtual Jamestown, Race and Place: An African American Community in the Jim
Crow South, Dolley Madison Project, etc.
- Cliffs Notes http://www.cliffsnotes.com Free help with homework and tests on school subjects like literature, Shakespeare, science, math, and foreign languages.
- Coolmath4kids.com by Karen http://www.coolmath4kids.com/ A site specially designed for what kids like and how they learn. Lots of lessons and games to make math fun.
- Courage to Change http://www.couragetochange.com Provides resources for parents, teachers, and counselors to help children, aged three to twelve, deal with common problems.
- Crossword Puzzle from the New York Times on the Web http://www.nytimes.com/learning/teachers/xwords/index.html Free. Twice a month you can play a new crossword puzzle. The puzzles are edited by the Times puzzle master, Will Shortz. If your browser supports Java, you can play on line, or you can print and fill in with pen or pencil. Crosswords are arranged by topic.
- Funbrain http://www.funbrain.com A site that has online educational games for kids of all ages (math, grammar, science, spelling, history).
- GirlsGoTech http://girlsgotech.org/ A site that encourages girls in math, science and technology. Sponsored by GirlScouts of the USA and the AdCouncil.
- Highlights for High School http://ocw.mit.edu/OcwWeb/hs/home/home/index.htm An extension of MIT's OpenCourseWare initiative. Empowers the students to think beyond the classroom. Goal is to provide free public access to all the university's courses and curricula via the Internet.
- How-to-Study.com http://www.how-to-study.com A study skills resource guide. Free study skills, study strategies, and study tips.
- Learner.org for Students http://www.learner.org/students Part of the Annenberg Foundation offering educational activities for students that they can enjoy at home.
- Learning Network: NYTimes on the Web http://www.nytimes.com/learning/ An online current and special events news site for grades 3-12; updated weekday during the school year.
- Pink Monkey http://www.pinkmonkey.com Over 450 Free study guides/book notes/book reviews/online chapter summary/notes/analysis for literature titles.
- Primary Games http://www.primarygames.com/ A fun site for preschool and elementary kids that features educational games, printable coloring pages, holiday activities, crafts, and much more.
- Purple Math http://www.purplemath.com/index.htm Free help with Algebra. Emphasizes practicalities, demonstrates dependable techniques, warns of likely "trick" questions, and points out common mistakes. Covers Preliminary Topics, Beginning through Advanced Algebra, and helps in solving Word Problems.
- Sparknotes http://www.sparknotes.com Free online study guides.
- ThinkQuest International Competition http://www.thinkquest.org/competition/ Sponsored by Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation. Inspires students to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Completed websites are published in the ThinkQuest Library.
- ThinkQuest Library http://www.thinkquest.org/library/ Provides innovative learning resources for students of all ages on a wide range of educational topics. Features over 6,500 websites.
- Who's Who and What's What http://www.nytimes.com/learning/students/quiz/index.html See what you know about images and articles. Each question relates to an article published in The New York Times on the Web on that day. Play every Monday through Friday.
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