Why AP Courses?

We have long been encouraging college-bound homeschooled students to take at least one AP exam before 12th grade, say in 11th grade. Good scores show colleges that the homeschooler was able to do college-level work at home. (The senior year is not too late for getting college credit but is too late for impressing colleges since the scores do not come in until after the colleges have made their offers.) For example, after passing the AP US History exam in his junior year, our always-homeschooled son Jesse was offered a complete academic scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. Similarly, after passing the AP Computer Programming Exam in his junior year always-homeschooled Matthew Formica was offered a complete academic scholarship to St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.