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January 12th, 2018 at 02:26 pm

The PTA meeting we went to this week was for DL's school. Because his school is an art/academic focus, he's required to take 8 classes every semester (in order to squeeze in the crapload of electives). In contrast, MM(14) only takes 6 classes. So DL will graduate with a few extra credits. I don't see any reason why he'd supplement his high school education at all.

That said, they were mentioning AP classes and community college and so on. & apparently community college courses are free to high school students. I don't know the details, but wanted to take note.

That said, it costs pennies regardless, so I already considered it "free". But it's apparently really and truly FREE. (Off the top of my head, I think a regular college course would be $100, for reference).

I am taking note for my other child. I wouldn't be surprised if he graduated early. There is family precedent there. Right or wrong (I don't know) we've really leaned on him to just slow down. But he has such a light courseload (for him) that I can totally foresee him getting through several college classes before he graduates high school. It's more the norm these days anyway. In his case will just be more self motivated.

6 Responses to “College Note”

  1. snafu Says:

    I add my voice to others who have encouraged you and DL both examine Community College offerings that suit longer term goals. It's critical to verify all the courses DL takes are fully transferable for credit to any university he may wish to attend in the future. The 1st two years . If you are applying for a job, make it through the clerical and HR filter to the interview stage, your specific school and coursework can give a point of two by the interviewer who graduated from that specific school.

    In my mind, the most important benefit of community College is the time factor allowing students [particularly boys] a smoother transition from High Schoo to the next level. Be the time they get to university, they are way more mature and better equipped to deal with the lack of impersonal, large numbers classwork. No one give a tot if you attend class, hand in assignments, stick to deadlines, show skills and initiatives.

    As a parent, I appreciated DS 2 choice to start at CC. He had time to continue two non academic activities he loved and it cost less tan half tuition. Our DSs applied for a huge number of grants, awards, scholarships that merely required an application and letter. The school counsellor can provide direction. When DS2 finally went to university, it was a breeze and the money saved paid nearly all his Master's program two years after graduation.

  2. snafu Says:

    The 1st two years missed sentences

  3. LivingAlmostLarge Says:

    Cool.I think where we are there is something called running start and it's a AA degree by the time you finish high school.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    That sounds like a neat program! Didn't one of them do some summer classes for college credit?

  5. rob62521 Says:

    That sounds great, MM!

    We have a wonderful Community College and I do not understand why more people don't take advantage of it. It is far more reasonable than any other college. Our neighborhood also has a great deal -- if you graduate from the local high school, you automatically get the tuition for two years at the CC.

  6. MonkeyMama Says:

    @FT, yes they have some grades 5-9 program where you can take college classes.

    @LAL - It's pretty common in our state to offer AA degrees to disadvantaged/lower achieving high school students. I think because it gets them more quickly into a trade. Also, is free and so only leaves two years to pay for (if they want to continue on). Whereas the middle class/higher achieving kids get pushed more the AP/Honors route. I honestly think the AA degree sounds infinitely more useful, but I guess most the middle class parents seem ready to write a blank check to whatever college. (It's less clear what exactly will transfer over when it comes to AP).

    @snafu/rob ~ I am surprised how much discouragement I have gotten on SA, over the years, re: community college. All I know is that it's too good and too cheap to pass up (where I live).

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