Early College

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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 12:40pm
So as we start to prepare ourselves (meaning DH and I) for a high school student; we find out our school district is implementing an Early College option for the high school our dd will attend! We received the letter yesterday that our DD is considered a high performer and has the option to take the track of earning not only her HS diploma, but an A.A. degree from one of the local community colleges. I'm excited for this opportunity for her, but uneasy about it at the same time.

I just know what track she is thinking about (swimming at a D1 and studying Perinatology/Neonatology), because that is what she has been focusing on for the last year.

What do you think? Will this put her on the track she wants to go and my nerves are just plain silly or should I say "my child is not going to be your guinea pig?"

Here's the link to what I'm talking about and let me know if this is realistic!

http://www.minnpost.com/_asset/8h6fbc/Early-College-pages-111.pdf

Thanks in advance!

Jenn
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:18pm
I think it's a great option, personally. I took college courses when I was in high school (almost 18 years ago...ack...panic attack) and it not only saved me money when it came time for college, but I also knew what to expect, academically.

It sounds like you have awhile before you have to really decide?
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 3:58pm

I couldn't see the link, but I'll give you my thoughts as a parent of a college sophomore and HS junior, both very high achieving kids.

If your DD is hoping to become a doctor and go to a top university, she is *probably* better off putting her time into taking the hardest possible HS classes she can take, i.e. AP classes.

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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:27pm
Actually she registers for classes on 2/6, so we only have a couple weeks to decide. I like the fact that it will allow her to take AP courses at the high school and she won't have to leave campus and it's FREE! I think it will be a good thing for her; which I am leaning more toward yes, but if I find something between now and then that makes me think otherwise then we will pull away from it!
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 7:50pm
Oh I didn't think you are being a snob! I need all perspectives here. They say they are aiming this for the students that fall in the middle of the grade or students that will be first generation attending college and she isn't either one. Her test scores and grades have always been decent; A honor roll, advanced language arts, etc., so I'm wondering if this will even benefit her. Especially because she has goals in mind. If we sign her up for it, she will be placed into an accelerated math that will help her get past having to take any remedial math in college and them she will sign up for geography instead of social studies; which will slot her for AP classes in later years. When I look at class offerings, she could even take and AP Geography and since she has an A in Science, she would take AP Science. So we are looking at potentially 2-4 AP classes off the top. I'm not sure what kind of pressure this is going to be. She won't have to attend classes outside of school; the CC is advising the teaching staff, so that will be good. The cc is a well known one in the area and is teaming up with quite a few State colleges for BS degrees, so I wonder if this will be the new wave to do things! She used to want to attend Stanford, but I think she's wanting to stay State side or maybe she will look further when she is a couple more years into high school. We have a really good premed program here and being swimming will also be something that will factor into it! Thanks for your perspective, it gives me other things to think about.
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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 10:46pm

Early college classes used to be targeted towards supersmart HS students.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 10:31am
I'm a little confused. You say it will allow her to take AP classes at the high school but the brochure made it sound like everything was at the high school campus. The teachers had community college mentors but were still high school level teachers. It said they had outings to the community college campus but it didn't sound like their classes were actually there. Plus, if they are giving college level courses for college credit (which is the only way to get an AA degree) then why would she need to take AP classes? Taking college level calculus for college credit and then taking an AP test on Calculus seems redundant.

I'm not trying to be hyper-critical or anything, I'm just interested in different sorts of schooling (a hobby) and I'm trying to figure out exactly what this school does.
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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 1:51pm

Something I heard recently is that these students that get an Assoc. Degree with their high school diploma do not enter college after high school as a first year student, but as a transfer student.

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 4:12pm

I'm confused about that too turtletime and you are not being hyper-critical at all! It really looks fantastic at first glance, but there are just so many questions that come from how they are going to make this work, how will it tie into the kids planning for 4+ year degrees and how will it all transfer?

We have a meeting at our school on Tuesday night and I am going to see if I can have these questions answered.

Jenn

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Sat, 01-21-2012 - 4:15pm

The whole transfer student thing is going to be my main concern, because she wants to swim Division I and so if she is a transfer student it will not only affect her financial aid, but what she can be awarded for scholarships and eligibility for swimming.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 4:45pm

Will the cc classes count as high school classes, similar to AP classes?

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