[quote]Public high school time is split up with the majority of that time being filled with socially inappropriate behavior and social pressures that can hinder any real learning or advancement. Between that and the non stop NCLB act testing, the pressures are perverse. And if anything, the current system can cause a formerly excited learner to cave in and despise education. Our local HS is huge and the bigger these places are, the more pronounced the nonsense seems to be.[/quote]
Wait a minute...I'm confused. You think that the pressures of high school testing and behaviors is high but the pressures of a 9th grader taking all college classes is not? I think you better think again.
-I remember college. There was a lot of academic pressure. There was a lot of inappropriate behavior. There was a lot of social pressure. Add to it, the pressure to PAY for it.
-Then there is the fact that you have a 13/14 year old in classes with 18-21 year olds...no friends, no same age peers, etc.
-College classes are not easy. There's a reason you need to be proficient at high school level materials to be successful in college. Unless your child is extremely advanced, the academic pressure alone might be enough to squash her love of learning. I have heard of high school juniors and seniors taking a couple of college courses. I have never ever heard of a high school freshman, short of maybe the profoundly gifted children, skip high school all together and start college full time at the age of 13.
I think I'd be looking into high school programs that would be a better fit for your child. The stakes are much higher in college and most young teens are just not emotionally, cognitively, and socially mature enough to be able to sustain that long term.