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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Mon, 02-06-2012 - 5:52pm
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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 3:43pm

mommyttwo wrote:
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!

AP exams will run you about $90 each at the end of the year.

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Tue, 01-24-2012 - 3:39pm

My son is currently in his first year at a 4 year college.

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Mon, 01-23-2012 - 4:48pm

I just looked at the link and I'm confused.

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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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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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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 - 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 - 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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Fri, 01-20-2012 - 10:46pm

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

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