Early Graduation? Would you let your child do it?

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Early Graduation? Would you let your child do it?
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 6:31pm

UGH!!!

Becky - Mom to Carolyn (17), Aaron (15), Kyle (11) & Luke (8)
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Registered: 12-12-2007
Mon, 01-10-2011 - 1:57pm
This could have happened to DD18 this year. Each semester this year (her senior year) she has had only three regular classes. She's taking gym just to take physically active and then she is a teachers aid too. So she has three classes each semester her senior year and the rest is fluff. YOur DD has less than DD18 has. Is there a coffe shop near the school for her to work at? It's something to do and most of these types of places will let you work under 18. We ran into the work issue with DD18 as well. So sometimes her Dad just put her to work working for him. Good Luck!!!
KRISTIE
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Registered: 11-18-2008
Wed, 01-12-2011 - 7:30pm
Hope it's okay for me to chime in on this. I was in the exact same situation in high school. I took 3 necessary classes 1st semester of my Sr. year, a few "fluff" classes (speed reading, which was great for college, short hand, which was also good for note taking) and worked. The second semester I really had no classes to take, so the high school paid for me to take classes at the local community college. It was more like an "intro to college"...not the real deal, living on campus, or even hard classes really. But it did give me some extra credits for when I started at my "real" (so to speak) college the next fall. I honestly think that it was a great introduction to college coursework, course load, expectations, responsibility, etc.
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Sat, 04-09-2011 - 12:27pm

As a student who graduated early from high school I would say it all depends on your kid. There is a huge disconnect from high school if you aren't in the grind of it every single day interacting with people, and although I went right into a junior college and took a full load of classes that counted towards my degree while working I never was able to get that connection back with my friends I used to see every single day. The main thing that I missed overall was the routine of being in school, taking tests, studying, writing everyday, ect. However, I would never do what I did differently. I was done with that chapter and was mentally ready to move on. I would say if your high schooler is doing it for the right reasons and doesn't want to waste their time, then it sounds like a great idea!

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