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You know, I'm a fan of acceleration in the right circumstances. My eldest skipped a grade early in elementary and is a 9th grader now at 13. We have no regrets. However, I'm not sure I would skip any grades in high school due to the college application and scholarship process. At least do a LOT of research and talk to some quality guidance counsellors before making that step.
Look into additional options. All the districts in our county offer "middle college." This is a program that allows high performing 11th and 12th graders to take community college classes for both highschool and college credit at the same time. We know several kids who've done this and loved it often starting at the university as sophmores and juniors and able to dive straight into their majors since their GED's are out of the way (and nice for parents to only have to pay for 2 or 3 years of college right?) We know one kid that did this so he could double major without adding additional years of college. These programs also offer teen connection, guidance, proms, ASB, ect.
If that is not an option, most schools do offer upper level classes for kids who do some of their high school course work in middle school. It can be a chance to take extra electives, try some other interests out, take on a heavier load outside school working to help pay for college, joining interest based groups, ect.
This doesn't neccessarily need to be something she decides now. She can continue on her path with the classes she needs. If a year or two down the road she decides to graduate early, she can do that.
Personally, we're not encouraging any high school acceleration for our DD. The idea that shewill be gone in 3 years instead of 4 is heart breaking in itself. Besides, there is a LOT she wants to do like participate in her beloved youth theatre (which she can't do in college.) She was just accepted onto a student board of a nationally recognized theatre which will connect her with tremendous influences and allow her to publish in a well-circulated arts paper (she loves writing too.) That is another thing she can't do outside of high school. She does a lot of professional theatre and missing high school classes here and there for that isn't as big a deal as missing college classes. Financially, a scholarship would make the difference between going to a state school and going to her dream school. More time to build her resume will help in that reguard. There are lots of ways to go that keep her home a little longer!
My question would be, how would this affect some of the important social aspects of high school, such as prom, sporting events, and the always anticipated "senior year"?
but everything has pros and cons
Do you have a junior college near you where she could take some classes as a senior? She get some cheap credits and challenging work.
Can she take a gap year and either travel or volunteer or work or do some combination that would give her a year to catch up emotionally/enrich her applications?
Also, I would be really concerned about her college interests. Those are very different schools with very different cultures and strengths. Legagy alone is a pretty poor reason to choose such a diverse group of schools. She could probably really benefit by thinking about why they really attract her and then comparing similiar schools. Weird choices won't strengthen her application. The colleges see them.