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

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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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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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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!!!
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 2:43pm
Crewing is great experience. Of course, I'm biased as it was my passion and my major lol. The nice thing about technical theatre is that you can always find work! I love that her youth theatre requires kids to crew every 3rd show. Some kids really fall in love with it and even those who don't are able to take what they learn backstage and use it to become better performers. Plus, if she changes her mind, tech work is easier to work onto a business resume.

I also know what you mean about someone else making the suggestions lol. My DD had her heart set on a handful of the most prestigious theate colleges that were WAY out of our price range. However, lately, she's been getting a lot of advice to go to a smaller school where you have more opportunity to actually DO something. Lots of kids in the bigger universities don't even step foot on stage until their junior year! She was able to work and talk to some of the kids who did "A Very Potter Musical" and they were a wealth of information on schooling choices..... of course, ALL stuff I'd already told her but didn't mean a thing until some 25-year-old said it lol.
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 1:23pm

Thanks,

I'll have to look into that.

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 12:41pm
LOL, I know, business isn't thrilling and I understand her not wanting to take it in high school but if she's serious about going into theatre, just let her know it's heavily reccomended by the actors/directors/designers we know... some of which with broadway credits. I used to be a professional stage manager and I do wish I'd had a better understanding of taxes, investing, marketing, ect. My DD goes to a performing arts high school and they require arts business classes now. It doesn't have to be this yearfor your DD but she'll need it at some point.

As to admin internships, I'd look into your larger regional theatres. Some may have an education department and they'd be a good start for information. You could look into interships with casting directors or agents. They may offer some day time hours and it would be great for her to see the process.

If she's going into theatre, the more she knows the more successful she'll be. It's not all about talent... some are successful because they know how to take care of their finances, know how to market themselves, know who and how to talk business with agents, managers, ect.
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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 10:30am

Oh, I think I finally found the reply button (I don't think it came up

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Wed, 01-05-2011 - 10:21am
Is there any sort of business class? I highly reccomend anyone going into theatre take some business courses. You do end up marketing yourself as a product. It's good to know that end of it.

Honestly, her schedule doesn't look too off for a senior. In our area, there are only 6 periods a day unless you are at a magnet which has 7 but requires more classes in your "major."

Have you looked into theatre admin internships? Those would be during the day and she'd learn a whole lot about how a theatre is run.
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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:32pm

UGH! I can't figure out how to reply to each person on here.

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Tue, 01-04-2011 - 9:22pm

Thanks.

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