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    Sunshine State
  • Landed
    Jul 1997
  • SA Location
    Pretoria
  1. I think it will be a great hit Hendie. There hasn't been a good one since voetsek closed a few years ago. Great stuff!
  2. I can't wait! I went out and got DISH just so I can watch! More fun to watch as a group though
  3. Yes, the spouse will be able to work - they will get an L2 visa. I answered your schooling question quite extensively here: http://www.sausa.org/index.php?showtopic=4...t=0entry40798
  4. izi

    Moving to Houston

    Hi there. You don't pay school fees if your child goes to a public (government school). Schooling is free. A portion of everyone's property tax is assigned to go to the local school district, and they also get federal funds per child per year. You get elementary school - Kindergarten to 5th Grade. Middle School (or Junior High sometimes called) - 6th Grade to 8th Grade High School - 9th Grade to 12th Grade. The credit system kicks in, in high school. Each subject they take is a credit they earn. A credit will be one year of study. A half credit will be half a year of study. Each state has its own criteria for how many credits are needed in order to complete high school and it seems TX is 22. You can find TX state requirements here: http://www.uisd.net/inside/tx-requirements...equirements.pdf They'll need 4 credits in English - which only means they have to take English for 4 years. 3 credits in Math - over here they teach a full year of Algebra in 9th Grade, Algebra II or Geometry in 10th, etc.. Trig, Calculus separately, so would count as a credit each. Most kids take Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and either Pre-Calc or Calculus, but most do Calculus in their first year of college. Two sciences - Physics/Chemistry/Biology. 2.5 credits in social studies - American History/World History/World Geography/US. Government (the half credit would be if they study it for one term as opposed to two terms (semesters - schools are divided into two semesters for credit purposes). 0.5 credit in Economics. 1 credit of an elective - another subject. 1.5 credits in Phys. Ed. 0.5 credit Health Education 0.5 credit in Speech. 1 credit for Technology 1 credit in Fine Arts. 3 credits in a language other than English (which means they have to study it for 3 years). Spanish is the prevalant second language to study here in the US, but many schools have other languages. Japanese has become very popular. You need a language to graduate and get into college. Most good schools will offer AP classes - Advanced Placement - which are a bit tougher - like comparing Standard grade to Higher Grade - and/or the IB (International Baccalaureate) program, where they will write actual exams, like you'd be used to in Matric. Not all kids will get into those classes, though I find that most South African kids that I know, have. Most colleges will want to see their SAT scores. They will write the SAT's in their junior year or senior year, of high school (9th = Freshman, 10th = Sophomore, 11th = Junior, 12th = Senior). http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/sat/about.html or they'll write the ACT : http://www.act.org/aap/ It depends on what college they're applying for, as to which the college chooses to use. University here is divided into two groups too. You can go to what is termed a community college found in most cities. You study for 2 years and get an Associates Degree. You can then transfer to a university for the last two years in order to get your Bachelor's Degree. You would have studied the same subjects at community college as you would at university, the only difference is the cost. It is much cheaper to do it at Community College, the reason so many do it this way. You can also be dual-enrolled at a community college and high school simultaneously, thereby getting some credits toward your degree. Many kids leave high school with their Associates Degrees already and just go and do two years of University to get their Bachelors. It sounds complicated, but you'll get the hang of it when you get here. If you have any more questions....glad to answer. Cheers izi I forgot to add. TX requirements don't seem to list community service, but most states require volunteer work hours - my state is 80, before they graduate high school. Kids here volunteer for anything and everything. It helps tremendously to get into a good college. Read to the blind, summer camps, animal shelter, habitat for humanity, the list goes on. Volunteering is big over here - including for adults. Something to keep in mind if you're planning on staying
  5. izi

    RUGGA

    I got them yesterday and am already hooked
  6. Can he not try another church? Can he not try another church?
  7. izi

    Vlok to be prosecuted

    This is so familiar to an ex Zimbo like me. I recall a bunch of families, kids I went to school with, and who were in the Zim police force, quite high up, being told by the higher ups to pack their bags and get out of the country before independence as they would be in trouble eventually. They should all be locked up in tjokkies, but what is good for the goose, is good for the gander.
  8. izi

    New Baby

    Thanks Mousey. Just the kind I like
  9. izi

    New Baby

    They're so cute! I"m getting broody now Major congrats
  10. izi

    New Baby

    Major congrats Monique Major congrats Monique
  11. izi

    Here she is!

    Oh, how lovely she is! :)
  12. izi

    Bahamas

    Well, that sucks. Sorry to hear this. I hope you get all your money back.
  13. I couldn't believe my eyes to find middle and high schoolers have food courts like in the mall with nothing but junk on the menu. On a funny aside, (not too funny but anyway), one of my closest friends here buys organic carrots for the dogs as a treat, but eats at Mickey Dees for lunch and dinner every single day!!! Her 6 y o has really bad ADD problems and I told her they're probably due to the poor diet, but she won't listen of course. tsk tsk.
  14. I've not found the caramel condensed milk here and am too lazy to wait four hours to pressure cook a regular can, so use dulche de leche on my coconut cookies.
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