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Wes Beach, Advocate for Gifted Homeschooling Teens, to Speak April 17

The MCGT Homeschool Chapter is excited to welcome Wes Beach, teen advisor to the Gifted Homeschoolers Forum and founder of Beach High School.
Wes will be talking with parents about “out-of-the-box” high school experiences, early college, and the other untraditional paths our creative and unique students take *and* give some ideas about how to turn those atypical teen years into a compelling transcript for future employment or college admission. A fuller description is below, but here are the details:
What: Wes Beach Parent Presentation
When: Tuesday, April 17, 7 pm
Where: Edina Community Center, Room 350-51, 5701 Normandale Rd., Edina
How much: $5/family, or free to current (paid) members of the MCGT homeschool chapter
This event will be open to the public. Please RSVP so that we can have enough of Wes’s handouts and make room for everyone. [email protected]
Matthew Snyder spent one year in high school, another year as a full-time student at a community college while he was still enrolled in high school, secured freedom from high school, and continued at another community college, studying engineering and music, until he stopped out for the first time. He worked as a carpenter, traveled to Mexico, and lived in Utah, where he skied and learned a lot about photography. He returned to California, designed furniture while living in Los Angeles, entered California State University, Long Beach, and earned a BA in creative writing. He moved to San Francisco, where he helped design buildings, and then he applied to Harvard, was accepted, and earned a graduate degree in architecture. He taught for a while at Northeastern University, and is now living in Santa Cruz and working as an architect. Matthew has a high school GPA that never mattered in gaining college admission, never took any AP courses, and never took the SAT or ACT.
Wes will tell other varied stories of young people he has worked with who have, because of differing interests, strengths, and talents, stepped around the one-size-fits-all curriculum of traditional schooling and taken divergent paths. Many of these people have been accepted and earned degrees at colleges and universities, while others have been very successful in a wide variety of endeavors and vocations without attendance at college. Some general principles will emerge from these stories.
Wes will also focus on how homeschoolers can write transcripts that will be as effective or more so than transcripts from traditional schools, even when home studies have been nontraditional. Wes will present some basic guidelines and will provide examples of transcripts that have led to admission to many colleges and universities, including some of the most prestigious ones.  (Whether prestige is important is a matter of opinion.)